Students Awarded at Underclassmen Academic Awards Banquet

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor 

On Wednesday, June 3 the annual Underclassmen Academic Awards Banquet was held at Emerald Hall in Abington.

After eating dinner with their families, friends, peers, and teachers, students listened to the speeches of two Rockland High School alumni both of whom were inducted into Rockland High’s Academic Hall of Fame.

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Kathleen O’Grady Elliot (left), Class of 1986, is a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. There, she is one of few faculty members who work as both a clinician and a teacher. Elliot is not only a leader in current medical practices such as emergency room care but she is also known and respected for her volunteer work in Haiti following the recent earthquake crisis situation. As a student at RHS, Elliot was active in sports, especially basketball, soccer, and track, Student Government, and VIPS, a student led organization dedicated to preparing teens for college.

Retired Sergeant First Class Mary Reilly Callahan (right), Class of 1974, served 38 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and retired with the distinction as the longest serving female soldier. Callahan served two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom and received the Meritorious Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal, to name only a few of her achievements and recognitions. As a student at RHS, Callahan was active in sports and Student Government. Her son now serves in the National Guard.

Both inductees talked about the impact Rockland has had on their lives and the strength of the community.

“I will always be a Rockland Bulldog,” said Callahan.

After Elliot and Callahan were inducted RHS Principal Dr. Alan Cron announced this year’s academic award winners as shown in the photo gallery below.

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Posted on June 8, 2015, in Features, News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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