Monthly Archives: April 2015

Arts Festival Photo Gallery

Photos by Jurnee Dunn and Ronan McNally

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Wednesday, April 16, the annual Rockland Public Schools’ Arts Festival was held in the high school gymnasium. Pieces of artwork from all grades were on display for students, teachers, parents, and other members of the community to view. Also included were projects from the high school’s Family and Consumer Science class, Technology Education class, and Robotics class.

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Services Announced by Family of Jared Quirk

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Jared Quirk (Facebook)

Veritas Staff

The Quirk family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate Jared’s life Thursday, April 30, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 1, at 9:00 AM at the Holy Family Church in Rockland.

Donations in Jared’s memory can be made to the Jared Lewis Quirk Scholarship c/o Janet Guenet, 56 Broadmeadow Lane, Abington, MA 02351.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of support. It is comforting to know Jared touched so many people in such a positive way,” says the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home’s website.

Jared’s obituary can be found by clicking here.

On behalf of The Veritas, our thoughts are with the Quirk family during this difficult time. Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.

Softball Team Gets Big Win

Brianna Starkey had a big day for the Dogs against Abington.

Brianna Starkey had a big day for the Dogs against Abington. photo Bob Whitney Twitter

Senior Brianna Starkey led the way for the girls softball team on Thursday, April 16 as they got their first win of the season against last year’s South Shore League champs, the Abington Green Wave.  Starkey hit the game winning home run in the top of the seventh inning to put the Lady Dogs up 2-0.    She had scored the Dogs’ first run in the third inning on a delayed steal of home plate.

Allie Sammon pitched a complete game for the Lady Dogs against Abington.  photo by Bob Whitney/Twitter


Allie Sammon pitched a complete game for the Lady Dogs against Abington. photo by Bob Whitney/Twitter

Allie Sammon pitched the entire game, allowing five hits while striking out three and walking only one, and held the Green Wave who threatened in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run.

Proud coach, Sharon McGonnigal said, “My team stayed focused and got the job done!!!”

For the day Starkey went 4-4, including two singles and a double to go along with her home run.

The Lady Dogs are 1-0 in league play and 1-3 overall.  They play today against Hingham at home.

Arts Festival Tonight 6 to 9 pm

The Rockland Public School’s Annual Arts Festival will be held tonight in the Rockland High School gymnasium from 6 to 9 pm.

The Rockland High School Art Department along with the Family Consumer Science and Tech Ed Departments will put students’ creative work on display.

This masks and more will be on display at the Arts Festival.

This masks and more will be on display at the Arts Festival. photo by Mike Levant

 

Dani  Hill's life size full body self-portrait is studied by Cam Stuart. photo by Mike Leavitt

Dani Hill’s life size full body self-portrait is studied by Cam Stuart. photo by Mike Levitt

Come see these works and so much more at tonight’s Arts Festival!

Students Compete in Spellman Oratorical

“Most have been forgotten. Most deserve to be forgotten. The heroes will always be remembered. The best. The best and the worst. And a few who were a bit of both.” – George R. R. Martin, Writer

The annual Rockland High School Spellman Oratorical Contest was held on Tuesday, April 14 in the lecture hall. Eight students wrote and presented orations based on the theme Heroes Remembered: Heroism’s Portrayal in Art and Literature.

The 2015 Spellman Oratorical Contest presenters from left to right: Katie DeLorey, Alyssa Collins, Ella Engle, Iman Bendarkawi, Emma McGarry, Alex Pigeon, Pearse McNally, and Dani Hill.

The 2015 Spellman Oratorical Contest presenters from left to right: Katie DeLorey, Alyssa Collins, Ella Engle, Iman Bendarkawi, Emma McGarry, Alex Pigeon, Pearse McNally, and Dani Hill.

All seniors were eligible to enter the contest by writing an essay on the following prompt:

“While the understanding of what makes one heroic may differ from individual to individual, humankind’s fascination with heroism continues to be displayed in many of the most popular forms of media today. For while we may readily acknowledge our own cowardice, we cheer for those who dare tackle life’s greatest evils. Explore how heroism has been portrayed in literature and art and suggest why these heroes deserve to be remembered.”

After essays were submitted, the authors of the eight best were chosen to participate in the event.

The eight seniors competed for $4000 in prize money. Prize money was awarded from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman.

There are three judges who base their choices on delivery, content, diction, and poise.

English Department Chairperson, Carol Cahill said that all of this year’s speeches were “articulate, original, and provocative.”

Senior Danielle Hill presents her speech at the Spellman Oratorical on Monday, April 13.  photos courtesy of WRPS

Senior Danielle Hill presents her speech at the Spellman Oratorical on Monday, April 13. photos courtesy of WRPS

Winners of the contest were Danielle Hill who took first place honors and $1200; Pearse McNally who came in second, winning $1000; third place went to Alexandra Pigeon who won $700; Emma McGarry came in fourth winning $500; Iman Bendarkawi was fifth and won $300; and Katie Delorey, Alyssa Collins, and Ella Egles placed 6th, 7th and 8th, each winning $100. Congratulations to these students!

 

 

Girls Lacrosse Wins First Contest

The Rockland High School Girls Lacrosse team opened up its season on Monday, April 13 with a 14-0 win over Middleboro. It was their first win ever!

The girls are competing this year on the junior varsity level as they are in only their second year as a sport.

Photos courtesy of Rockland High Sports.

On Monday, the girls were led by Natalie Draicchio who had four goals.   Emily Beatrice had three, Lindsay Norris and Hannah Boben each had two goals.  Liz Knobel, Taylor Pendleton and Carly Reardon each had one. In net with the shut out was Taylor Schell.

The Lady Dogs are coached by Lauren Rizzotti and are captained by Emily Beatrice, Carly Reardon and Jenna O’Connor.

The girls’ next game is Wednesday at Duxbury at 4 pm.

 

 

RHS to Hold Spellman Oratorical Tonight

(From left) Josh Lutts, Jace Williams, Jon Soo Hoo, Olivia Olsen, Bobby Gasdia, Jackie Carlson, Devin Gilmore, and Brittni Lambiase celebrate the completion of the 2014 Spellman Oratorical Competition

(From left) Josh Lutts, Jace Williams, Jon Soo Hoo, Olivia Olsen, Bobby Gasdia, Jackie Carlson, Devin Gilmore, and Brittni Lambiase celebrate the completion of the 2014 Spellman Oratorical Competition

Veritas Staff

The annual Spellman Oratorical Contest will be held tonight at 7 pm in the Lecture Hall. Eight students will present original speeches commenting on this year’s topic Heroes Remembered: Heroism’s Portrayal in Art and Literature. The awards for 2015 will total at least $4,000 in scholarship money. Judging will be based on delivery, content, dictation, and poise.

Admission is free.

To read about last year’s competition please click here.

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