Monthly Archives: November 2015

RHS already acquainted with new superintendent

Dr. Alan Cron, RHS principal and John Retchless.

Dr. Alan Cron, RHS principal and John Retchless.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

Current Rockland High School principal, Alan Cron will be the next superintendent of Rockland Public Schools. The Rockland School Committee announced their selection of Dr. Cron on Oct. 13.

After only four years at RHS, Dr. Cron is ready to take the next step in his career. On July 1st he will officially assume his new position. Until then, he will be working closely with current superintendent John Retchless, whom Dr. Cron says he has and will learn a great deal from.

Dr. Cron began his journey as a Rockland High School Bulldog the same time the Class of 2016 began theirs: in 2012. He will be finishing up his time as principal around the same time this year’s seniors will be graduating and beginning their own next chapters. Dr. Cron says he remembers the Class of 2016, the only graduating class to have him all four years of high school, as freshmen “vividly.”

“I don’t want to close a chapter. I’m trying not to look at it like that,” says Dr. Cron. “Four years is just not enough.” This is a statement that resonates with many seniors as their time as RHS begins to come to a close.

Even though July 1st is  months away, Dr. Cron already has some ideas and plans for the district.

See more about Dr. Cron and Mr. Retchless in News

RHS Veritas/WRPS November 2015

Seniors gain Powderpuff win

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The seniors are all smiles as they gather after their 8-6 win on Friday night.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

On their first possession, quarterback Ali Sammon  put the juniors on top driving for the  first touchdown of the game.   But the seniors’ defense stopped their two point conversion try.

Near the end of the first half senior quarterback Kyra Rose scored a touchdown and Kylie McKenna got the two point conversion.  That was all the scoring they would need as they defeated the juniors 8-6 in this year’s Powderpuff game.

With all of the scoring taking place in the 1st half, defense was the order for the second half.  As senior coach, Steve Norris said, “Defense wins championships.”  Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and to both teams for an exciting game.

Cheerleaders Go for State Championship on Sunday

The cheerleaders at Whitman-Hanson last Sunday. photo by Kelley Reale

The cheerleaders with their Division 4 South Regionals trophy at Whitman-Hanson last Sunday. photo by Kelley Reale

The RHS cheerleaders will be putting it all on the line on Sunday at Algonquin Regional High School as they compete for the Division 4 State Cheerleading Championship.  They will be competing around 11 am.

The girls have been successful this competition season with a South Shore League title and a first place finish in the Division 4 South Regionals last Sunday at Whitman-Hanson.

Congratulations and Good luck girls!

Alumni Part II

Michael Ivanoskos, Veritas Staff

It’s time for another edition of “Where are they now?” There are three more past alumni that have used RHS in the correct way to pave the way for their future success. One graduated early, one was a cheerleader at RHS, and one was very involved with the percussion section of our music department. One wants the simple American dream, one wants to become a teacher of the younger minds, and the last alum is deciding between pursuing a career in math or music theatre.

Ella Engle at graduation last June.

Ella Engle at graduation last June.

First is Ella Engle who graduated last year. She was actually from the Class of 2016. She did not know she was on pace to graduate in 2015 until after college applications were due. So, she missed the original application deadlines, but will be attending UMASS Lowell in January, 2016. Engle has been keeping occupied by taking gen-ed classes at Quincy College in the meantime.

Growing up in Rockland inspired Engle in many ways. “Being a Bulldog to me means that wherever I go Rockland will always be my home.” She also says that the skills she picked up while attending RHS are perseverance, grit, and being an all around hard worker. Engle exclaimed, “It made me understand the value of hard work and community.” Engle adds, “I miss my friends and other people that I now have even less opportunities to see.”

Her American dream is to become a teacher in order to inspire others through her line of work. In addition to that she wants to get married, raise a family, and read some great books along the way. It is awesome to see how teachers at RHS might have impacted her to decide to want to become a teacher. So thumbs up to Ella Engle and the teaching staff at RHS!

Lastly, Engle’s advice to seniors is to be role models for underclassmen and set an example of what it means to be a Bulldog.

krystin killionNext up is Krystin Killion who is a member of the Class of 2015. She has been consistently applying the materials she has learned at RHS to her school work at Bridgewater State University. Killion said, “I hope to become an elementary school teacher and high school cheerleading coach. So, I should be back at RHS in a few years!”

Killion’s connection to RHS remains strong. “Bulldog Nation always comes together for each other in times of need.” She says  she greatly misses her friends, the teaching staff, and the cheerleading program from RHS.

Her advice to the Class of 2016 at RHS is: “Be happy to be the oldest in the school right now because you will be little freshmen again!” Also, she said that we should live every day like it’s our last. To sum it up this girl has goals and a passion for reaching excellence in whatever she decides to do.

PJ Butler is a freshman at UNH.

PJ Butler is a freshman at UNH.

Lastly, is P.J. Butler from the Class of 2015. Butler is currently attending the University of New Hampshire and majoring in Applied Mathematics. Butler states, “Rockland will always be home to me no matter if I’m a state away.”

His summer was filled with work, band camp, and his marching band duties at UNH. He says he wants to be a drum major by the end of college and get a degree in Applied Mathematics or Musical Theatre. Butler said, “Senior year flies by and the Class of 2016 at RHS should be taking pictures of every memory because their time at RHS is precious. ”

Whatever direction Butler goes in, whether it’s math or music, he will do great because he has a leader’s mentality.

The Veritas would like to continue this feature, “Where Are They Now,” so if you want to participate or would like to refer a good candidate for our profiles, email us at

Fall Sports hold senior nights

It’s a tradition for RHS sports teams to honor their seniors on the last home game of the season. Following are links to the individual senior nights (or days) held this year for the girls soccer team and boys soccer team, the football team, the volleyball team, the cheerleaders and the band.

Boys soccer photos were taken by Hope Geary; football, cheerleaders, band, and girls soccer were taken by Kelley Reale.

Senior Cheerleaders are Bella Rindone, Kylie Keefe, Sam Aylward, Carly Reardon and Kiera Tobin-Rosman.

Senior Cheerleaders are Bella Rindone, Kylie Keefe, Sam Aylward, Carly Reardon, Kiera Tobin-Rosman and Liz Knobel.

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One Rockland Live Auction to be Held Sunday

Hope Geary, Veritas Staff

If you’re involved with a sport or club, you know about the dreaded fundraising that comes along with it. Now, you have One Rockland to help you out with that. One Rockland is a new unified  fundraising program that will hold large fundraiser events that will bring in a bigger income. The income will then be divided between all of the teams and clubs in the school. This will also allow students to work together in order to reach the same goal.

Gregory Rowe, a history teacher and varsity soccer coach at Rockland High, is donating his time to students and stepping up to run the program. Jaymie Atkins, Matt Dunn, Jeffre Donahue, Danielle O’Brien, Erin Field and Chris Penney have all been chosen to be the One Rockland Student Committee. Each of these students is involved in sports and activities, is well rounded and fits the job perfectly.

There is also a large number  of students who have been nominated to be Bulldog mentors. Bulldog Mentors are mainly responsible for helping out the freshmen and preparing them for everything they will face in high school. The Bulldog Mentor captains are Harrison Shields and Lexie Carchedi. All of these students will also take part in the One Rockland fundraisers.  

One of the first events that One Rockland has planned is a live auction. All the items that are being auctioned have been donated from the clubs, athletic teams, and various members of the community. The live auction will take place on Sunday, November 15, and it  will be on the air from 11am to 2pm on WRPS. If you have Comcast it will be on channel 15 and if you have Verizon it will be on channel 32. The WRPS staff which includes Chris Burnieika, Lisa Breeden and David Cable-Murphy are producing the event.

When asked about the auction Mr.Rowe stated, “We have over 45 items which includes a signed Julian Edelman jersey, a cooking lesson with Mr. Graziano, tickets to theatre and sporting events, as well as a number of gift certificates and other memorabilia. That will be exciting.”   The auction is expected to go pretty well this year and all of the members of One Rockland are hoping for the income to grow each year as the program continues according to Mr. Rowe. Mr. Burnieika mentioned that the estimated income or goal for the event is to raise 5,000 dollars.

Many people want to know what the clubs, activities and sports teams will be getting from One Rockland. “The basic thing we’re trying to cover now is uniforms for athletics and transportation and production costs for activities. So things like NHS will have their banquet and ceremony paid for. SGC and band will have their transportation paid for, and we’re hoping to get on a three year uniform cycle so if you play three varsity sports you will get a new uniform every year,” said Mr. Rowe.

This new program should be very exciting for the students. In the past everyone had to raise funds on their own, or bring money to pay for a bus and pay for other things like t-shirts. Jaymie Atkins, a member of the One Rockland Student Committee said, “Personally I’m looking forward to new uniforms for soccer and girls lacrosse, but also I’m looking forward to where this program will be in a couple years and how far it will take the school. I can picture in about four years these fundraisers will be a part of the Rockland tradition and will be very popular!”

Like stated earlier, the live auction will take place on Sunday, November 15, and it  will be on the air from 11am to 2pm on WRPS. If you have Comcast it will be on channel 15 and if you have Verizon it will be on channel 32. 

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