Monthly Archives: June 2016
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.
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
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.
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
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
Gr. 9 Elizabeth Kelley,
Gr. 10 Jillian Schofield, Samantha Stodder
Gr. 11 Shawn Ward, Hannah Millen
Gr. 9 Justin Sherlock
Gr. 10 Aiden Glennon, Andrew Wile
Gr. 11 Andrew Finerty, Sara Boucher
Gr. 9 Francisco Oliveira
Gr. 10 Meredith Long, Kellie Berry
Gr. 11 Luana Lima
FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE
Gr. 9 Jasmin Morse
Gr. 11 Isabel Pica
Gr. 9 Katie Houde
Gr. 10 Sabrina Sprague, Rebecca Taylor
Gr. 11 Tatianna Hill
Gr. 9 Jacob Nunn, Lanaya Dutcher
Gr. 10 Joseph Naughton
Gr. 11 Michael Belmonte
Gr. 9 Angelina Vuong, Mireese Wilson
Gr. 10 Erin Field
Gr. 11 Sean Vo, Lauren Zaremba
Gr. 9 Sean Morrissey, Megan Diver
Gr. 10 Joseph Campanile
Gr. 11 Nicole Reera
Gr. 9 Marissa Smith, Alyssa Antoniewicz
Gr. 10 Danielle O’Brien, Stephanie Blaney
Gr. 11 Jessica Lutts
Gr. 9 Justin Wright
Gr. 10 Nicholas Stanton
Gr. 11 Mitchell Ryan, Richard Pattison
Gr. 9 Declan Rogers
Gr. 10 Saoirse McNally
Gr. 11 Matthew Rocha, Julia DiCienzo
Gr. 9 Elias Jones
Gr. 10 Ryan Kelley, Harrison O’Brien
Gr. 11 multi-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 OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVER
Grade 9 John Ellard
Grade 10 Eden Dalton
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:
President: Hannah Boben
Vice president: Jillian Donahue
Secretary: Hannah Murphy
Treasurer: Izzy Uong
Class of 2019:
President: John Ellard
Vice president: Abby Condon
Secretary: Madison Blonde
Treasurer: Justin Sherlock
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)
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.
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.
Valedictorian: Ryan Sugrue
Salutatorian: Lexie Carchedi
Class president: Michael Ahern
Class color: Navy Blue and White
Class flower: Rose
Class motto: Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!