Monthly Archives: June 2016

‘Devil’s Disciples’ defeat ‘God’s Children’ in Second Speedball Tournament

the champs

Devils’s Disciples captained by Joe and Dan Kimball defeated last year’s champs God’s Children. From left: Mike Ahern, Kevin Levesque, Jake Crawford, Joe Kimball, Steve Collyer, Dan Kimball and Jon Nguyen. photo by Hannah Boben.

Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor

The second annual Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball Tournament at Rockland High lived up to the hype. The returning champs, ‘God’s Children’, came back for a second run at a title. The large crowd in the gym saw an all-girls’ team battle through a couple of close games, as well as some other intriguing opening round matchups.

The ‘Spartans’, led by Kevin Strobel (WNE) as their goalie, defeated ‘The Lumberjacks’ in the first round and took ‘God’s Children’ to overtime before losing on day two. ‘Devil’s Disciples,’ led by the Kimball brothers, used a heavy-soccer tactic, and had a goal differential of almost +20 heading into the final day. ‘Bar Down’, captained by Joe Taft and Brett Schneider, played the Cinderella role after losing their opening game. They won both their games on the second day, including an upset win over the ‘Spartans,’ to advance to play on Friday. The ‘Thunder Donkeys,’ a team of strictly sophomores, rolled through the tournament to advance to the final day as well.

Though seventeen teams entered, only eight found themselves playing on the final day of the tournament. In the first game, ‘Bar Down’ continued their underdog prowess, defeating ‘Diversity’ in an overtime match. ‘Donnie’s Burgers’, led by Ian MacDonald and Pat Gorman, beat the ‘Barn Burners’ in the second game, also an overtime win, to move on to the next round. Bar Down was defeated by last year’s runner up, Team NB, and the young ‘Thunder Donkeys’ very nearly reached the championship before losing in a shootout with the whole crowd on their feet.

After the dust cleared, it was the championship matchup everyone was hoping for. Joe Kimball’s ‘Devils’ Disciples’ taking on Matt Clougherty’s ‘God’s Children.’ ‘God’s Children’ took the first game, setting up a decisive final game to crown the champion. The team’s battled hard, and at the end of regulation, defense was clearly the name of the game. A zero-zero tie heading into regulation was not what everyone expected from two high-flying offenses. Sam Collyer ripped a shot past Dylan Bernache in OT to capture the championship trophy for the ‘Disciples’. Collyer’s superior arm strength led him to the tournament MVP trophy as well.

Ryan Quirk holds a copy of the check for $3,800 dollars raised for his brother, Jared's Memorial Scholarship Fund at the second annual speedball tournament on June 8-10. photo by Hannah Boben

Ryan Quirk holds a copy of the check for $3,829 dollars raised for his brother Jared’s Memorial Scholarship Fund at the second annual speedball tournament on June 8-10, 2016.    photo by Hannah Boben

In the end, the tournament raised nearly $4,000 for the Jared Quirk ‘Good Guy” Scholarship. Some feelings may have been hurt on the court, but everything was for a great cause. Jared’s name will live on forever through the tournament, as well as through the mark he left on all of his classmates and friends.

photos by Abby Condon, Carolyn McCarthy and Hannah Boben.

Teams in addition to those mentioned were: Angels, Hands Off, Vicious and Delicious, Magical Mambas Scoop and Score, Hell Hounds, Diversity, and Italian Meats

Academic Hall of Fame and Underclassmen Awards

Left to right: Janet Colebourn Begin, Susan J. Darwin and David Oliver-Hussey

Left to right: Janet Colebourn Begin, Susan J. Darwin and David Oliver-Hussey

Three Rockland High School alumni were inducted into the Rockland High School Academic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 8 at the Emerald Hall in Abington.  They are Susan J. Darwin from the Class of 1979, Janet Colebourn Begin from the Class of 1982 and David Oliver-Hussey of the Class of 1984.

After the Hall of Fame Induction academic underclassmen awards were given out.  Following is a list of award winners and a photo gallery of some of the winners.

I Dare You Award Winner; Colleen McCarthy

I Dare You Award Winner; Colleen McCarthy

National Leadership Award (formerly I Dare You Award) – Colleen McCarthy

Rensselaer Medal Scholarship Award – Mathematics and Science – Mitchell Ryan

Recognition of Math Team – Grade 11 – Michael Belmonte, Luana Lima, Caitlin McArthur, Vivian Nguyen,; Grade 10 – Elias Csubak, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Alexander Domina, Joseph Naughton, Sean Sugrue, Haley Chase-Crocker, Nicholas Walker, Rebekah Panaro Grade 9 – none

 Art Awards: Shawn Ward – Boston Globe/Scholastic Art Show–- Two Honorable Mentions for Drawing; Colleen Burke – Second Parish Church of Hingham Art Show 3rd Place for 3D Art

Veritas Journalism Award – Adiza Alasa – Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association

High Honors Three Terms This Year – Grade 11 – none; Grade 10 – Stephanie Blaney, Sabrina Sprague, Sean Sugrue; Grade 9 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska, Declan Rogers

St. Michael’s College Book Award – Luana Lima

Joe Naughton, Alex Domina, Ronan McNally and Saoirse McNally received certificates recognizing their achievements with an environmental project.

Joe Naughton, Alex Domina, Ronan McNally and Saoirse McNally received certificates recognizing their achievements with an environmental project.

 National Energy Education Award – “Amped up in Rockland Project”, earned the Massachusetts Rookie of the Year Award for: Joseph Naughton, Saoirse McNally, Ronan McNally, Alexander Domina

Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:

Juniors: Jessica Lutts;

Sophomores: Kellie Berry, Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Olivia Elie, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Harrison Hunter, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Joseph Naughton, Danielle O’Brien, Harrison O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jocelyn Reera, Sean Sugrue, Isabelle Uong

Boys State – Matthew Dunn, Leonard Field III    Girls State – Julia DiCienzo, Colleen McCarthy    Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award – Jillian Schofield       Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award – Aiden Glennon

Art Awards: Ms. Thompson, Elizabeth Kelley, Hannah Millen, Jillian Scholfield

Art Awards: Ms. Thompson, Elizabeth Kelley, Hannah Millen, Jillian Scholfield

ART

 Gr.     9            Elizabeth Kelley,

Gr.   10            Jillian Schofield, Samantha Stodder

Gr.   11            Shawn Ward, Hannah Millen

DIGITAL MEDIA

 Gr.     9            Justin Sherlock

Gr.   10            Aiden Glennon, Andrew Wile

Gr.   11            Andrew Finerty, Sara Boucher

ENGLISH

Gr.     9            Francisco Oliveira

Gr.   10            Meredith Long, Kellie Berry

Gr.   11            Luana Lima

Jasmin Morse and Isabel Pica, Family/Consumer Science award winners

Jasmin Morse and Isabel Pica, Family/Consumer Science award winners

FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE

Gr.     9            Jasmin Morse

Gr.   11            Isabel Pica

WORLD LANGUAGE

 Gr.     9            Katie Houde

Gr.   10            Sabrina Sprague, Rebecca Taylor

Gr.   11            Tatianna Hill

HEALTH

 Gr.     9            Jacob Nunn, Lanaya Dutcher

 

Mr. Casagrande, Joseph Naughton and Michael Belmonte

Mr. Casagrande, Joseph Naughton and Michael Belmonte

MATHEMATICS

Gr.   10            Joseph Naughton

Gr.   11            Michael Belmonte

MUSIC

Gr.     9            Angelina Vuong, Mireese Wilson

Gr.   10            Erin Field

Gr.   11            Sean Vo, Lauren Zaremba

 PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Gr.     9            Sean Morrissey, Megan Diver

Gr.   10            Joseph Campanile

Gr.   11            Nicole Reera

SCIENCE     

Gr.     9            Marissa Smith, Alyssa Antoniewicz

Gr.   10            Danielle O’Brien, Stephanie Blaney

Gr.   11            Jessica Lutts

Ms. Wozniak with Mitchell Ryan, Justin Wright and Richard Pattison

Ms. Wozniak with Mitchell Ryan, Justin Wright and Richard Pattison

PRE-ENGINEERING

Gr.     9            Justin Wright

Gr.   10            Nicholas Stanton

Gr.   11            Mitchell Ryan, Richard Pattison

HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE

 Gr.     9            Declan Rogers

Gr.   10            Saoirse McNally

Gr.   11            Matthew Rocha, Julia DiCienzo

TECHNICAL EDUCATION

 Gr.     9            Elias Jones

Gr.   10            Ryan Kelley, Harrison O’Brien

Gr.   11            multi-winners

 

Nicole Atkins and Ms. Paulding

Nicole Atkins and Ms. Paulding

MULTI-AWARD WINNERS

Gr.     9            Adiza Alasa                 English, World Language

Tyler Beatrice              Family Consumer Science, Mathematics

Michelle Ramoska       Mathematics, History/Social Science

Sarah Pollard               Art, Technical Education

Gr.   10            Sean Sugrue                Mathematics, History/Social Science

Gr.   11            Shannon Lindahl         English, Science

Noelle Atkins              World Language, Mathematics

Derric Trudeau            Technical Education, Physical Education

Overall Academic Achiever: John Ellard and Ms. Paulding

Overall Academic Achiever: John Ellard and Ms. Paulding

 

OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVER

Grade      9      John Ellard

Grade    10      Eden Dalton

 

Class Officers for Next Year Announced

Jill Donahue, Veritas Asst. Managing Editor

Class elections took place on June 8, and officers were announced. Speeches were played in history classes throughout the week and students got to vote on who will be the best representative for them. Each class has a President, Vice president, Secretary and Treasurer. The final results are below.

Class of 2017:

President: Kaylee Patten

Vice president: Colleen McCarthy

Secretary: Shawn Ward

Treasurer: Julia DiCienzo

Class of 2018 - Izzy Uong, Hannah Boen, Jill Donahue, Hannah Murphy photo by Michelle Downey.

Class of 2018 Officers- Izzy Uong, Hannah Boen, Jill Donahue, Hannah Murphy photo by Michelle Downey.

Class of 2018:

President: Hannah Boben

Vice president: Jillian Donahue

Secretary: Hannah Murphy

Treasurer: Izzy Uong

John Ellard, Abby Condon, Justin Sherlock

Class of 2019 Officers – Madison Blonde, John Ellard, Abby Condon, Justin Sherlock  photo by Michelle Downey.

Class of 2019:

President: John Ellard

Vice president: Abby Condon

Secretary: Madison Blonde

Treasurer: Justin Sherlock

Senior athletes honored with awards

Winners of silver bowls for earning 10 or more letters in their high school careers were left to right: Shane Murray, Sarah Margolis and Caroline Kilduff. Shown here with Gary Graziano, RHS athletic director.

Winners of silver bowls for earning 10 or more letters in their high school careers were left to right: Shane Murray, Sarah Margolis and Caroline Kilduff. Shown here with Gary Graziano, RHS athletic director.

ROCKLAND ATHLETIC AWARDS -2016

 WOMAN’S COACHES AWARD – Samantha DeMarco

           (Senior female student/athlete)

VICKI SOLARI AWARD – Kyra Rose

            (Most inspirational female athlete)

SENIOR FEMALE ATHLETIC AWARD – Caroline Kilduff

            (Top senior female athlete)

MARION MANSFIELD DONOVAN AWARD – Caroline Kilduff

            (Top female student/athlete)

JOHN BELL BULLDOG AWARD – Alexandria Carchedi

            (Female who plays over and above abilities)

JOHN BELL BULLDOG AWARD – Harrison Shields and Shane Murray

            (Male who plays over and above abilities)

PETER J. CROWLEY AWARD – Stephen Norris

            (Top senior male athlete)  

JOSEPH DONDERO AWARD – Matthew Kirslis

            (Top male student/athlete)

LOUIS CIFELLO AWARD – Ryan Shea

            (Most inspirational male athlete)

 JOSEPH DUNN AWARD – Kevin Levesque

            (Top student/athlete football player)

 WARREN NAJARIAN BULLDOG PRIDE AWARD – Angela Turner

            (Female athlete that never gives up)

 WARREN NAJARIAN BULLDOG PRIDE AWARD –Jonathan Nguyen

            (Male athlete that never gives up)

 JOHN DELOREY AWARD – Kylie McKenna

            (Female athlete that exemplifies sportsmanship)

 JOHN DELOREY AWARD – Ryan Sugrue

            (Male athlete that exemplifies sportsmanship)

 ROBERT ELLIS AWARD – Joseph Kimball

            (Top Male Student/Athlete Basketball Player)

 CHARLES E. LEVERONE AWARD – Sarah Margolis

            (Top Female Track or Cross Country Runner)

 CHARLES E. LEVERONE AWARD – Shane Darcy

            (Top Male Track or Cross Country Runner)

Veritas Final Broadcast of the Year: June 9, 2016

The final Veritas broadcast of the year includes an interview with retiring Superintendent of Schools John Retchless,  and RHS Principal Dr. Alan Cron. Highlights of the Class of 2016 Graduation and interviews with teachers about their summer plans are also included.

This broadcast was produced by members of the Journalism class. Jill Donahue filmed the graduates’ walk through elementary schools; Molly Grass conducted the interviews with teachers about their summer plans. Sarah Boucher and Rebecca Elliott of the Digital Media class filmed graduation; Hannah Boben conducted the interview with John Retchless and Adiza Alasa served as anchor for the broadcast with Theodora Panagiotidis, Kaylee Ellis, Joe Taft, Patrick Murphy and Hope Geary in the control room.

Graduation Ceremony June 3, 2016

Link to Graduation in photo gallery.

The Class of 2016 Graduation on Friday night June 3, 2016 was a bittersweet ceremony in which 129 received diplomas.  Following are details about the class.

Ryan Sugrue

Ryan Sugrue

Valedictorian: Ryan Sugrue

Salutatorian: Lexie Carchedi

Class president: Michael Ahern

Ashley Pezzella's cap

Ashley Pezzella’s cap

Class color: Navy Blue and White

Class flower: Rose

Class motto: Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog

Graduates: 129

Quote of the day: “Class of 2016, I wish you nothing but the best of luck. Don’t mess it up.” – Teacher Nicholas Liquori

 

ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2016

Michael Ahern, Ashley Arena, Justin Arena, Trevaughn Augustine, Samantha Aylward, Erika Barstad, Sara Bistany, Lucy Boggs, Riley Bouchard, Jeremy Bradley, Mickey Burns, Joseph Callahan, Jonathan Cannon, Alexandria Carchedi, Sean Carney, Albert Clark, Samuel Collyer, Liam Connelly, Kevin Costello, Dylan Cunningham.

class offiicers

Class Officers: Mike Ahern, president, Matt Kirslis, vice president, Zach Pranky, secretary, and Sean Carney, treasurer. photo by Gary Higgins, Patriot Ledger

Shane Darcy, Leah DeCecco, Samantha DeMarco, Marquis Denis, Ashley DeWolfe, Andrew Doig, Kaitlin Dorney, Shane Driscoll, Shelise Dutcher, Kaylee Ellis, Mark Ewell, Meghan Foster, Austin Gareau, Brad Gasdia, Tamara Gibson, John Glennon, Brendan Goudy, Anthony Gramazio, Lauren Grisolia, Garritt Guerrero, Alyssa Hatch, Caitlin Hedges, Ryan Hooper, Sarah Hunter, Christie Hurley, Cassidy Hyson, Lauren Illes, Michael Ivanoskos.

group shot outside

Taia Johnson, Sarah Kane, Kylie Keefe, Caroline Kilduff, Samuel Kimari, Joseph Kimball, Brittany King, Abigail Kinlin, Matthew Kirslis, Elizabeth Knobel, John Lampert, Riley Lang, Raye LaPlante, Jr., Thomas Lavertue, Talya Lazisky, Daniel Leary, Jr., John Lenihan, Kevin Levesque, Jr., Kalee Lucier-Hill.

Brian MacDonald, Haley Macray, Owen Mahoney, Gregory Makarski, Liam Maloney, Jennifer Manning, Jillian Manning, Sarah Margolis, Russell McCauley, Brianna McConville, Kylie McKenna, Thomas McKim, Jr., Hunter Morris, Jeremy Morrison, Tyler Murphy, John Murray, Shane Murray, Jonathan Nguyen, Stephen Norris, Jenna O’Connor, Jared Ochenduszko, Prisca Okonkwo, Ryan Palmer, William Parlee, Myah Parsons, Ana Paula Pedra, Ashley Pezzella, Kaleigh Pishkin, Rebeca Portela, Zachary Pransky.

 

National Honor Society

National Honor Society

Carly Reardon, Gustavo Ribeiro, Mitchell Rice, Bella Rindone, Jo Roberts, Michael Rocha, Celia Rosa, Kyra Rose, Levi Sahn, Alecio Sampaio Jr, Taylor Schell, Ryan Shea, Harrison Shields, Steven Shorrock, Treasure Smith, Thomas Spengler, Alyssa Stanton, Adria Stephens, Ryan Sugrue, Timothy Sullivan, Jon Sylvester, Syann Teixeira, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Angela Turner, Taylor Whitley, Erika Wiley, Patrick Winter, Makayla Wright, Hao Xu, John Yandle, Caitlin Yannizzi, Fanting Zhou.

Link to Graduation in photo gallery. with more pictures to be added as we receive them!

Class of 2016: Caps and Gowns

Before graduation seniors gathered in the gym to get ready for the ceremony.  Some steamed their gowns, all posed for pictures, and some showed off their decorative caps.  Following are photos by Hannah Boben and Michelle Downey, Veritas Photographers.  First a look at some of the decorated caps.

Pictures with friends, classmates, teachers and some selfies! We will be adding more to these galleries so keep checking back.

Check back to see our gallery of the ceremony itself!

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