Veritas Judged Best in New England
The print and on-line editions of Rockland High School’s student newspaper, The Veritas, recently received Highest Achievement Awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA). This organization sponsors a high school newspaper contest each year and invites submissions from hundreds of schools in New England to be judged in the category of Scholastic Editing and Publishing.
The Veritas has received a Highest Achievement Award for several years in a row, but this year student editors and reporters in the Journalism class took it one step further. In division three, based on enrollment, The Veritas was judged best in New England. The Veritas shared its first place award with another high school newspaper, the Veritas from Nantucket High School. The All-New England Award is the first Rockland High School’s newspaper has received since 2010.
Journalism adviser, Mrs. Lannin-Cotton says this award represents not only the talent, but also the hard work of the students in Journalism this year. In particular, she credits the senior editors, Alex Pigeon, Katie Delorey, and Cam Stuart for their work in putting out the paper this year. She also says that seniors Brian Cohen, Mekenzie Levesque and Mike Leavitt also did a great job on their assignments and in their role as leaders of the staff. “The way that they covered, in particular, the tragic deaths of their classmates this year showed a professionalism that went beyond their own feelings,” said Mrs. Lannin-Cotton.
Journalism instructor, David Murphy praised on-line editor, junior Haley Macray, for her work in keeping the on-line edition of the Veritas up to date, citing her work ethic, “Haley works as hard at making the paper work as do many professionals. And she has a good news sense.”