2017 Year in Review at RHS
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
After a fun filled and busy year here in the Bulldog community, the Veritas staff looked back at the events that took place throughout 2017.
Jan. 5 – Three RHS students receive awards for Voice of Democracy entries. First prize Meaghan McDonough, second Jad Bendarkawi, and third senior Sophie McLellan.
Jan. 20 – Genesis Rojas takes first place in Poetry Out Loud; Adiza Alasa and John Ellard come in second and third.
Jan. 26 – Mock Trial team opens season with a win.
Girls and boys basketball, hockey and wrestling teams win SSL Championships
Feb. 5 – Sean Vo and Erin Field are accepted for the SEMSBA choir; Lauren Zaremba makes it for the concert band.
February Vacation – Harvard Model Congress attends regional conference.
March 4 – RHS Theater Guild performs “Room 404” at annual METG Drama Festival.
March 8-10 – RHS SGC receives Gold Council of Excellence Award at MASC conference.
March 12 Rockland hockey team’s tournament run ends in D3 South Finals at Gallo Arena in Bourne; OR takes game 3-1.
March 18 – Rockland High School’s cheer team wins Division 4 New England Regional Championships.
March 24 and 25 – Shakespeare Festival- Several groups of students come together, under English teacher, Kristen Walsh’s direction, and give the audience two nights filled with performances of Shakespeare’s works. Gary Graziano and Susan Patton are the King and Queen of the Festival.
March 31–April 2 – 20 World Languages students visit Quebec.
April 5 – Evan Murphy comes in first at the annual Spellman Oratorical contest sponsored by the English Dept. and held in the lecture hall.
April 12 – Rockland Public Schools holds annual Arts Festival.
April 26 – Dr. Cron proposes new elementary school for Rockland.
April Vacation – 46 students in the Travel Club visit England, Ireland and Scotland.
May 3 – SGC holds annual awards banquet.
May 4 – Senior chorus and band students honored at annual Pops Concert.
May 5 – The Veritas print and web editions win Highest Achievement Awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association; Maddie Gear and Joe Taft win Special Achievement Awards.
May 10 – Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn are recognized as the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year.
May 17 – National Honor Society induction held – 20 juniors and one senior join the 2017 seniors of NHS; Teachers, Melissa Shaughnessy and Patrick Finn are honorary inductees.
May 23 – Last day of classes for senior Class of 2017
May 25 – Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams make tournament for first time ever.
June 1 – Senior Academic and Athletic Awards Banquet held in auditorium: Luana Lima recognized as Valedictorian of Class of 2017.
June 8 – Underclassmen Academic Award / RHS Hall of Fame Banquet held at Emerald Hall: Overall Ourstanding Achievers are Grade 9 Tyler Gambon, Grade 10 John Ellard and Grade 11 Ronan McNally
June 10 – God’s Children wins third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial Speedball Tournament.
July 8 – Long-time Bulldog, staff member and supporter, Ann Phelps passes away.
August 7-9 – SGC Camp
August 23 – Fall sports practices begin (Football began August 18).
August 28 – First Day of School!
Top Dog Club instituted
Sept. 6 – Girls’ soccer team opens season with win over No. Quincy
Sept. 8 – Football team opens season with win over Cohasset.
Sept. 13 – Summer reading discussions
Sept. 28 – Unified Kickball Game held in gymnasium
Oct. 1 – Breast Cancer Walk held in Boston; SGC, several teams attend
Oct. 6 – Music Department hosts Talkin’ Bout Jazz program
Oct. 12 – Racist graffiti found at RHS
Oct. 17 – Golf team earns first trip to postseason tournament in over 20 years
Oct. 18 – Louis Casey is crowned Mr. Rockland.
Oct. 20 – First pep rally of the year held
Oct. 20 – Macie Jones is crowned Miss Rockland.
Oct. 20 – Football team wins Homecoming Game, 20-8, over Middleboro.
Oct. 21 – Homecoming Dance held in the gym.
Volleyball, football and cheerleading teams win SSL League Championships; They along with golf and boys and girls soccer teams make postseason tournaments.
Nov. 17 RHS receives a Massachusetts District C Athletic Sportsmanship Award from the MIAA.
Nov. 17 – Seniors defeat juniors in Powderpuff game 26-0.
Nov. 27 – Winter sports teams begin work-outs.
Dec. 7, 8 and 9 – Theater Guild’s Moon Over Buffalo performed at RHS.
Dec. 11– Positivity Club’s second initiative announced.
Dec. 14 – RHS Band and Chorus perform annual Holiday Concert.
Dec. 18-22 – Spirit Week
Dec. 22 – Alumni visit RHS.
Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – Happy New Year!