Monthly Archives: February 2016

Bulldog Teams To Compete for State Titles

Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor

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Rockland Hig School’s winter athletic success rolls on. Four teams are looking at competing in the tournament, after three of those teams were crowned league champions.

Coming off a win against Dorchester, the boys’ basketball team is looking to make waves in tournament play. They were crowned South Shore League Champs earlier in the year, and now are the number-one seed in Division 3 South.

“It’s huge,” junior guard Jake Crawford said after finding out they would have a bye in the first round. “We have a good chance of winning our side of the bracket. We’re ready to go.”

Crawford was named a South Shore League All-Star this season, along with junior captain Jakigh Marcelin and senior captain (and leading scorer) Stephen Norris. Norris also took home SSL Player of the Year honors. Coach Fred Damon led the boys to where they are now, and he took home Coach of the Year honors in doing so.

Not having to play in the first round means the boys are automatically in the quarter-finals. They will face the winner of the Mashpee (9) and Burke (8) game on March 5th at the Dog-Pound. Check John Glennon’s Twitter page throughout next week to see what theme the student-section will be partaking in.

The boys aren’t the only basketball team making noise this winter in Rockland.

The girls’ team won the SSL as well, and are the number two seed heading into tourney play. They will face Dedham (15) on March 2nd at home. Again, check in next week for a theme.

The Lady Dogs were undefeated in league play this season, and 17-3 overall. They were led by senior captain and 1,000 point scorer Kyra Rose. Rose took home another SSL All-Star award, and won Player Of The Year. Other SSL All Stars from the team included Erika Ochenduszko, junior Maddie Olsen, and sophomore Danielle O’Brien. Coach Diana Mitchell won Coach of the Year.

The hockey team is the number nine seed in their tournament. They will go up against South Eastern on March 3rd at 8:15 in Bourne.

Hockey All-Stars include junior captain Matt Dunn, sophomore Michael Flaherty, senior captain AJ Clark and junior Chris McHugh. The hockey team also won the SSL Sportsmanship Award.

The Rockland/Abington wrestling squad won the South Shore League, and will be sending wrestlers to the state tournament this year. Coach Tim Brown won coach of the year.

Even though a joint-squad between two longtime rivals seems crazy, the boys were able to succeed all season long. All Stars include Jim Fitzgerald, Adam Russo, Jon Goode, Brad Gasdia, 
Cameron Smith, and 
Alex Freeman.

The swim team found success this season as well. Sarah Margolis, Ryan Sugrue, Mike Rocha, and Sabrina Sprague were SSL All Stars. The team worked very hard and competed throughout the winter.

The Bulldogs are ready to compete in the tournament this winter, as all the playoff-teams will be playing for state-titles and rings. Make sure you come out and support the Dogs.

‘Family Ties’ Lead to Success for Margolis


Coach Julie Margolis and RHS senior Sarah Margolis

Jaymie Atkins, Veritas Asst. Managing Editor

Rockland High School senior swim team captain, Sarah Margolis recently competed in the South Sectional MIAA championship bracket in two events. To be eligible to make sectionals, a swimmer has to get under a certain time for their event. In the sectionals the top swimmers of the South Shore compete against each other. After sectionals is another faster, cut-off time for the MIAA D3 State Championship.

This is not Margolis’ first time making sectionals. As a freshman she earned a spot due to her time in the 200 individual medley (IM). This year, as a senior, Margolis qualified in the 200 IM and in the 100 breaststroke.

Margolis gave credit to her coach who is also her mother. “I owe my swimming career to [my mom],” she said. “With my mom as my coach, she helps push me and critique me. She knows I can’t skip a practice. So, with her pushing me to always go, I have been able to get faster.”

Margolis has been swimming competitively since she was four. In addition to the RHS swim team, Margolis swims for the USA Sailfish Swim Team.

Julie Margolis has been coaching her daughter for fourteen years. When Sarah was four, Julie was teaching swimming lessons and lifeguarding at the YMCA.  Julie would take Sarah with her, and her boss allowed Sarah to stay in the aquatics office where she would play games and color with the staff on break.

But Julie would get Sarah in the pool as much as she could. When the head coach Bill Edwards saw how good her strokes were, he encouraged Julie to put Sarah on the team and offered Julie a job as the coach of the developmental team. Julie said, “Sarah was a natural swimmer and took to racing like a fish.”

Seven years ago, Julie began helping what was then the Hanover/Rockland team. The team then split because the Hanover team had grown so big that they didn’t need Rockland swimmers to fill the gaps any longer. Julie says that having her daughters on the team has impacted her coaching because she wanted to have an RHS swim team for them.

Julie is proud to be both a lead assistant coach for the Sailfish Swim Team based out of Scituate, as well as the Rockland High coach. Julie said, “Coaching my daughters has also given me insight in how to train and to teach children to swim competitively while being a coach that the swimmers can count on like a mother.”

Julie’s favorite part about watching her daughters grow and succeed is her “daughters themselves.” She explained, “Although I miss how super cute they were when they were little, I truly enjoy the wonderful young women they’ve become and I feel like they are two of my best friends.” Julie also said, “It’s great to watch college acceptance letters come in for Sarah, as she has worked so hard to succeed at school, but it’s even more exciting to see her striving to continue to swim in college as competitive swimming has become an important part of her life too.”

Recently, Sarah visited the University of New England in Maine with her friends to meet with the UNE coach. Julie thinks it’s “neat” to see that colleges want Sarah for her excellent academic potential as well as her swimming talent.

Julie’s other daughter, Lilly, is away at the University of Rhode Island. “I am so excited to see where Sarah decides to go for college and to watch her grow and build her own life, but I’m so scared too because I will no longer have either of my precious girls at home to keep me company, although they are forever in my heart and always on my mind.”

Sarah Margolis competed at the MIAA South Sectionals. photos courtesy of Julie Margolis

Sarah Margolis competed at the MIAA South Sectionals. photos courtesy of Julie Margolis

The MIAA Central/South Sectionals for Girls were held at MIT on Saturday, Feb. 13 with an 8:45 a.m. start. Sarah competed in the 200 yard dash IM and the breaststroke.

According to her coach she did well. “Sarah did great at sectionals. The results can be found on swimming south central sectional results. She had a best time in the IM but missed going to states by .3 second and had a great swim in the breast stroke too.”

Congratulations to Sarah for a great showing in the sectionals and good luck as she continues her swimming in the future!

Poetry Out Loud

Under the direction of English Department Chairperson, Carol Cahill, six Rockland High School students participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud contest on Feb. 4.

the contestants POL

Poetry Out Loud contestants this year are Elizabeth Kelly, Adiza Alasa, Yousra Bendarkawi, Hannah Millen, Eden Dalton and Kellie Berry.

Each of the students performed two poems which they chose from the Poetry Out Loud website.  Eden Dalton was judged as the winner this year with Adiza Alasa coming in second and Yousra Bendarkawi coming in third.

Dalton will represent our school at the Cape Cod Regional Competition in South Yarmouth on Sunday, March 6th. The contest will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center located at 307 Old Main, in South Yarmouth

Eden Dalton was the Poetry Out Loud winner this year.

Eden Dalton was the Poetry Out Loud winner this year.

Poetry Out Loud Contestants – 2016

Yousra Bendarkawi

I felt a Funeral in my Brain

I Find no Peace

Hannah Millen

It was not Death, for I stood up


Elizabeth Kelly

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

The Obligation to Be Happy

Adiza Alasa

Ways of Talking

On an Unsociable Family

Eden Dalton


All This and More

Kellie Berry

England in 1819


Judging the contestants were Karen Bonn, Bill Boyer, Elizabeth Morrell and Laura Whitaker.  The judges evaluated each student’s performance on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance. Accuracy scorer was RHS English teacher, Amanda McDonough.

Ms. Cahill was pleased with the competition and the performers. “This was a young group of competitors who, I hope, will return to the competition next year.”

Rockland High has done well in Poetry Out Loud through the years.

Good luck to Eden in the regionals!

Where Are They Now? Part IV

Mike Ivanoskos, Veritas Staff

It is time for another edition of the RHS alumni series. For the fourth edition of the alumni series we went out and interviewed past graduates of RHS who have used their education as a catapult to future success.

One is a woman who is now a professional golfer. Another is a man who is hoping to design video games. Last is a woman who is looking to broaden her horizons as an involved college student.

First is Megan Khang, Class of 2015, who is now pursuing a career on the LPGA tour as a pro golfer.

Megan Khang, Class of 2015

Megan Khang, Class of 2015


Khang explained the importance of her Bulldog roots to her.

“Being a Bulldog means to have each other’s back no matter what, since we are like one big family.”  She says she greatly misses attending Rockland High School as well as seeing her friends everyday at school.

She explained how her RHS education has helped her tap into her potential to get her to where she is now.

“Teachers here provided life experiencing teachings outside of just the regular subjects.”

Khang took a different route than most students do when they leave Rockland High. She has gone on to become a professional women’s golfer.  Khang said, “I have now made the decision to go pro and become a professional women’s golfer.”

Much congratulations to her as she just was involved in the LPGA Tour and headed down to the Bahamas to play her first tournament as a rookie. After having a great showing in the tournament she is excited for the rest of her rookie season.

One of her long term aspirations is to become the best at the sport of golf among women.  Khang emphatically stated, “I want to become the best woman golfer in the world.” That is her big endeavor and we wish her the best on achieving it.

Her advice to the Class of 2016 is to, even when times get tough, believe in yourselves so you can seek out your full potential.

Megan Khang is already making the town of Rockland extremely proud every time she competes because no matter where she goes she represents Bulldog Nation.

Up next is Joseph Pumphrey, also from the Class of 2015.  Pumphrey is going for his bachelor degree in computer science at UMass Dartmouth.

Joe Pumphrey, Class of 2015

Joe Pumphrey, Class of 2015

Pumphrey talked about the sense of community and strength that he experienced as a part of Bulldog Nation.  “Strength and community are two things that are cherished as they were certainly displayed during our senior year.”

Pumphrey says he was really fond of the teachers that he had at RHS saying, “RHS has some of the greatest teachers because they care about the students and they genuinely want the best for you.”  He says he misses going to Rockland High School because it was fun to put forth your best effort into your schoolwork daily.  

Pumphrey believes that when people leave Rockland High they will miss it greatly stating, “It will all pay off, trust me; just enjoy your time there because when you leave RHS you are going to miss the walls that encompassed your knowledge.”

He says he has many goals but one greatest aspiration. “ My greatest aspiration is to lead a small team of intelligent minds working together to develop video game entertainment!”

To summarize Pumphrey’s advice to the class of 2016 is to take classes that are similar to the courses you want to major in at college and ace the classes that you absolutely love because that is what matters. 

Our last alumni profile for this edition is Molly Garrity from the Class of 2014. Garrity is attending Loyola University Maryland.

Molly Garrity, Class of 2014

Molly Garrity, Class of 2014

Garrity admits that she used to believe that being a Bulldog just had to do with school spirit and sports teams, but after being away from RHS for two years she thinks quite differently on this topic.

Garrity explains, “Now, that I have graduated when I hear someone mention the phrase ‘being a Bulldog’ I associate that with camaraderie and the idea that we are all connected.”

When it comes to how the education at RHS helped her to succeed Garrity says, “I think that my education prepared me to confidently work with administrators/professors. The staff at RHS always treated us like adults and because of that, my teachers became my mentors/friends, and it always felt normal to use them as resources. I think those things meant the most to me in the long run because I’ve never hesitated to approach professors or to advocate for myself when I needed to.”

Next, she went on to talk about how she missed the whole environment of RHS, as well as being in school with the people she grew up with and the great teachers that she looked to as a second set of parents.  Garrity stated, “I know my experience doesn’t speak for everyone, but I loved it all and I would pay for it to all happen again!”

Garrity is not one to look too long into the future because she is living in the present, taking one day at a time. Garrity said, “I am just going to with the flow, maybe do some volunteer work after I graduate from college here at Loyola Maryland, but who knows.”

Her advice to the Class of 2016 is to be honest with your peers if they’ve made an everlasting impact on you, because it’s those types of memories that you can appreciate and look back on in happiness for a lifetime.

Molly Garrity is confidently embracing whatever future opportunities come her way, thanks to her education here at RHS.

In closing, this concludes another edition of the alumni series. A special thanks to Megan Khang, Joseph Pumphrey and Molly Garrity for providing us with up-to-date information of how their time at Rockland High helped them get to where they are now.  

If you have graduated from Rockland High and want to be interviewed for the next or 5th edition of the alumni series please contact me at Thanks for tuning in; have a great week!

RHS Students Recognized at Boston Globe Show

Celia Rosa

Celia Rosa, Flowers Still Life, Drawing and Illustration, Pastel



By Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

The winners of the annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art Show,  the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, were announced on Jan. 29.   This year, two Rockland High School students were recognized for their artwork.

Senior Celia Rosa won a Gold Key for her piece “Flowers Still Life and a Silver Key for her piece “Self Portrait.” Both works were entered in the Drawing and Illustration category.

Rosa’s Gold Key  artwork will move on electronically to New York where it will compete against Gold Key work from around the country for National Medals.

Junior Shawn Ward was awarded two Honorable Mentions for his pieces “What’s in The Box,” in the Ceramics and Glass category, and  “Imagineer” in the Drawing and Illustration category.

Senior Art Teacher Cheryl Thompson is their sponsoring teacher.

According to the Award Committee, there were over 15,000 entries in Art. Over 50 judges looked at the entries and made their choices for Gold and Silver Keys as well as Honorable Mentions based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and personal vision.

awards ceremony will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for all Gold and Silver Key recipients on March 12, 2016

A Gold Key Exhibition will be available for viewing from March 5–20, 2016 at the Museum.

One Rockland Mini-Golf on Feb. 15: Don’t Miss Out!


Michelle Downey, Veritas Staff  

After raising more than $3,500 in the previous One Rockland Cable Auction, the students and staff involved in the upcoming One Rockland miniature – golf fundraiser hope to top that number.

On Feb. 15 Rockland High School Bulldog mentors, and their advisor, Gregory Rowe, will be welcoming families to the classrooms and hallways of RHS to play indoor mini golf. The event will be taking place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will cost five dollars.

While the Rockland community is enjoying their many rounds of mini golf, they will be benefitting current and future Rockland High School students.

One Rockland has given RHS students the opportunity to volunteer their time during the fundraiser. In return they will raise money for the sports or activities they take part in. Different athletes and club members will be creating a mini golf hole, to represent their team or activity.

Both RHS students and those planning to attend this fundraiser are looking forward to the fun it will bring to their Monday morning and afternoon.

Sophomore and Bulldog mentor, Chris Penney, says, “I’m taking part in this fundraiser because it’s for a very good cause and it will help out the One Rockland program a lot. It seems like it will be a lot of fun.”

With constant positive energy and hype from the Rockland Bulldogs, it is hoped this event will bring an enthusiastic atmosphere all throughout Rockland High School and in the Rockland community. Make sure you come and join the Bulldogs as well as the Rockland community on this day full of golf and smiles.

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