Monthly Archives: May 2019

Seniors Say Goodbye to RHS

May 30, 2019

The Veritas interviewed a few seniors on Wednesday, May 29 after they returned from  visiting all the elementary schools. Those interviewed explained what their favorite moments or memories were at RHS and then left some advice for those remaining at RHS.

Arianna Esposito and Jasenia Cuocolo conducted the interviews.

Senior Awards Night May 30, 2019

John Ellard III is presented with the Valedictorian Medal by Superintendent Dr. Alan Cron. Senior Class Advisor Sam Hoyo assisted.

The Senior Academic and Athletic Awards Night was held on Thursday, May 30. Highlighting the night was the awarding of the Valedictorian Award to Senior Class President John Ellard III. Ellard has been at the top of his class for four years at RHS.

Also honored were academic award winners in each of the disciplines as well as several multi-discipline awards.

The Good Guy Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk presentation: from left: Mrs. Regina Quirk, senior scholarship winners: Marissa Smith, Carolyn McCarthy, Sean Morrissey, Amelia Dalton, David Castro. Presenters, Ryan Quirk, Mr. Quirk, Harrison Shields and Matt Dunn.

Prior to the academic awards, scholarship awards were presented including the Patrick J. Sullivan Scholarship Award presented to Tyler Beatrice, and the “Good Guy”, Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial  Scholarship presented to five seniors: David Castro, Sean Morrissey, Marissa Smith, Carolyn McCarthy, and Amelia Dalton. Castro also received the Christine and Robert Biggins Award presented by Daniel Biggins. Biggins, recently retired Rockland school committee chairman, encouraged all the seniors present to follow the Latin phrase, “per ardua ad astra.”  He explained that his mother had often cited this to encourage him. The phrase means “through adversity to the stars.”

Highlighting the many athletic awards presented by athletic director Gary Graziano were the Silver Bowl winners including Tyler Beatrice, Evan Gormley, Madison Blonde, and Nicholas Blonde. A silver bowl is awarded to those who have won ten or more varsity letters in their high school careers.

All the academic, scholarship and athletic award winners are listed below.

The evening ended with the yearbook dedication to social studies teacher, Ms. Sandra Lombardi, read by class president John Ellard III.

Athletic Awards

The Woman’s Coaches Award  a top female student-athlete – Ashley Murphy

The Vicki Solari Award for the most inspirational female athlete – Jenna Burns

The John Bell Bulldog Award for the female and male players who play over and above abilities – Taylor McSweeney and Peter Kohler.

The Louis Cifello Award for the most inspirational male athletes – Anthony DeCecco

The Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award recognizes the female and male athletes who never give up: Nicole Blonde and Sean Morrissey.

The John Delorey Awards for the female and male athletes who best exemplify sportsmanship: Angelina Vuong and Tyler Beatrice.

The Charles E. Leverone Award for the top male and top female track or cross country runner – Dylan Cleaves and Sarah Pollard.

Senior Female Athletic Award: the top senior female athlete – Madison Blonde.

The Peter J. Crowley Award: the top senior male athlete – Evan Gormley.

The Marion Mansfield Donovan Award for the top female student athlete – Madison Blonde

The Joseph Dondero Award –John Ellard in recognition of being the top male student athlete.

The Dr. Joseph Dunn Award, awarded to the top student athlete and football player – Matthew Markaski.

The Silver Bowl Winners -Tyler Beatrice, Evan Gormley, Madison Blonde, and Nicholas Blonde.

Scholarship Awards:

The Patrick J. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship – Tyler Beatrice

The Good Guy Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk – David Castro, Amelia Dalton, Carolyn McCarthy, Marissa Smith,and Sean Morrissey

The Robert J. and Christine J. Biggins Courage Award – David Castro

The George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship – Rebecca Mullen

The Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Scholarship – Justin Sherlock

The Rotary Club of Hanson/Rockland –Madison Blonde and Marissa Smith

The Skarbeck Bober Teacher Scholarship –Kaitlyn Diver

The Jimbo Award-Antonio Gilstrap

The John Mahoney Memorial Award- Kevin Jean-Poix

The Ed Sokolowski English Award –Leah Drago

The Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award – Caitlyn Cameron and Tyler Beatrice

Mr. Rockland Scholarship – John Ellard III

The Share the Spirit Award –Alexa Coulstring

Academic Awards:

National Honor Society –Tyler Beatrice – Vice President, Madison Blonde, Caitlin Cameron, Abigail Condon, John Ellard, III, Elizabeth Kelley, Sean Morrissey – President, Jasmin Morse – Treasurer, Rebecca Mullen, Alexis Nastasia, Francisco Oliveira, Michelle Ramoska, Justin Sherlock, Marissa Smith – Secretary, Giovan Soares, Kara Sullivan

Receiving cords for future military service -Michael Norris – United States Air National Guard, Sean Daly – United States Army, Eric Ellsworth – United States Marines, Joseph Walls – United States Marines

Senior Academic Letters for Excellence in Education – Isabella Burns, Carolyn McCarthy, Jacob Nunn, and Angelina Vuong

Community Service Awards – John Ellard, III and Angelina Vuong

Global Citizenship Distinctions– Alexa Coulstring and Kaya Kelly

High Honors the First Three Terms – John Ellard, III

 Advanced Placement Scholars:

AP Scholars – Caitlin Cameron and Declan Rogers

AP Scholars with Honor –Michelle Ramoska

AP Scholars with Distinction –John Ellard III

The Phoenix Award – Victoria Hurley

Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award – Marissa Smith

Senior Academic Awards

Art Department Awards:

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition – Kaili Dummot Hill

2nd prize for the Pre-College Scholarship award at South Shore Art Center, Honorable Mention for her photo at the Scholastic Art Awards, and a Special Congressional Recognition for participation in the Congressional Art Competition – Elizabeth “Emmy” Kelley

$500 scholarship for her pen & ink drawing from Remax Deluxe in Norwell, and was Awarded Honorable Mention in the Drawing Category of the Congressional Art Competition – Jailene Escalera

Digital Media and Communications Department

Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor of the Veritas – Jasmin Morse

Veritas Reporters – Megan Diver, Bonnie Gasdia, Giovan Soares, Ariana Boostrom, Ashley Murphy, C. J. Armstrong

Digital Media and Journalism Awards – Jasmin Morse and Molly Grass

English Department Awards:

Spellman Oratorical Awards -Katie Houde, 1st place, Emmy Kelley, 2nd place, Fran Oliveira, 3rd place, Marissa Smith 4th place, Justin Sherlock 5th place, Jake Nunn, Caitlin Cameron, and Tyler Beatrice, 6th, 7th, and 8th places

Outstanding Scholarship in English Language Arts – Fran Oliveira

The Family and Consumer Science Department Academic Awards – Jenna Sullivan and Matthew Karoutas

The Social Science/History Department Academic Award – Mariana de Oliveira

The Excellence in Mathematics Awards  to this year’s senior Mathletes – John Ellard, Matthew McPartlin, Tyler Beatrice, Michelle Ramoska, Katie Houde, Angelina Vuong,and Giovan Soares.

Mathematics Department Academic Award  – Michelle Ramoska

Construction Technology Award -Michael Norris and Dylan Cleaves

Physical Education Department Award – George Selados III

The John Philip Sousa Band Award – Mireese Wilson

Senior Music Department Awards – Mireese Wilson and Leah Drago

Science Department Awards –

Seniors in the Environment Club –  Michelle Ramoska and Morgan Wahlstrom

Science Department Academic Award –Alyssa Antoniewicz

World Languages Department Awards – Katie Houde for French and Caitlin Cameron for Spanish

Multi-Department Award recipients.

Tyler Beatrice- Mathematics and Physical Education

Elizabeth Kelley- Art & World Language (French)

Marissa Smith- English & World Language (Spanish)

Giovan Soares- Science & Computer Science

Overall academic achievement award – John Ellard III

The Principal’s Award – Caitlin Cameron

The Superintendent’s Award and the Valedictorian Award – John Ellard III







Making Last Rounds for Class of 2019

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


On May 29, with graduation two days away, the Class of 2019 marched through the halls of their Rockland past.  After a breakfast and yearbook signing in the RHS cafeteria, members of the class put on their caps and gowns and journeyed through the halls of Memorial Park, Esten, Jefferson, and the Rogers Middle School.

The purpose of this procession is to inspire the younger kids in the community to strive for graduation, and also to let the seniors reminisce in the halls of their youth while visiting the teachers that helped shape their education.

All in all, it was a great day for all in the Bulldog community! The teachers were able to send their best wishes to the graduates. The students were able to go back to class inspired by their elders. And of course, the Class of 2019 got to walk away solidifying the memories of their past and friendships with their classmates.

Photos: Senior Prom Grand March Held on May 24

The junior-senior prom was held on May 24, 2019 at the Tirrell Room in Quincy.  Before the prom the senior class had the annual Grand March in the gym before they got on the bus to head to the prom.  Everyone looked great!!

Tennis Team Joins Tournament Qualifiers

The boys’ tennis team came up with a 5-0 win on May 21 over Carver.  With the win they qualified for the post season tournament for the first time in a “long time” according to athletic director, Gary Graziano. The Patriot Ledger reported that it has been 36 years since the boys’ team has qualified for tournament. The team’s record now stands at 8 wins and 3 losses.

The team still has a few matches to go but this was a great way to celebrate “Senior Day” as first year head coach Chris Beatrice congratulated his seniors Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard and Brandon Gallagher before the match. Beatrice won his match today 6-3, and 6-1. Ellard won 6-1, 6-4 and Adam Beatrice completed the singles sweep 6-1, 6-0. The doubles teams of senior Brandon Gallagher/junior Matt Griffin won 6-2, 6-3 and junior Jake Harris/junior Oliver Reera completed the scoring 6-1, 6-2.

The team joins the girls’ tennis team , the girls’ lacrosse team (12-3), the boys’ lacrosse team, and the softball team, (12-3), as teams that have qualified for tournament so far this year. For more information about all the teams’ progress this year, pick up a copy of the Veritas print edition that is available at all lunches this week.

Class of ’19 pranks RHS

Jasmin Morse Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


Yesterday on May 20, the Class of 2019’s last full day in classes at RHS, the class decided to go out with a bang with their senior prank. Seniors arrived early on Monday morning, some even as early as 6:30. To kick off the day a few seniors had taken photos of the teachers who graduated from RHS’s senior pictures and made copies of them and hung them up all over the halls and by their classrooms.

Additionally, students hung up streamers in the hallways and in the staircases as other students set up tents by the auditorium. After it was all set up, the students had a party in and by the tents and danced to music that a student provided on a speaker.

All in all, this year’s senior prank went on hitch- free and everybody in RHS got a good chuckle out of it

2019 National Honor Society Ceremony

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


Another year, another Pentelic Chapter of the National Honor Society Induction. Last night’s induction consisted of 2 senior inductees, 20 junior inductees, 2 honorary inductees, and 16 departing senior members.

The night was kicked off by a dinner provided by the RHS cafeteria for the inductees, the members, and their sponsors. Here, 2018-2019 NHS President Sean Morrissey welcomed the guests and invited tables up to get their food. This was also where the members and inductees exchanged gifts with their sponsors thanking them for their company at this event.

Following, the group made its way to the auditorium where they were met by their friends and family who came to watch the ceremony take place. As tradition, the seniors made their way to their seats on stage while the juniors took their spots in front of the stage. Here, they recited their pledge to the National Honor Society.

To start the ceremony, Morrissey led in the Pledge of Allegiance and then welcomed, the members, inductees, sponsors, and families attending the ceremony. After that Vice President, Tyler Beatrice and Treasurer, Jasmin Morse read speeches and awarded this year’s two honorary inductees. Beatrice first awarded long time Bulldog fan and one of Rockland’s most familiar faces, James “Jimbo” Cahill. Following, Morse awarded long time school committee member and one of the town’s most known Rockland supporters, Richard “Dick” Phelps.

As the night proceeded, Morrissey acted as the host. Secretary, Marissa Smith then called the roll and announced the future plan of the senior members of the Pentelic Chapter. Next, the four NHS virtues were explained by members. Justin Sherlock spoke about character, Francisco Oliveira explained scholarship, Caitlin Cameron definedleadership, and John Ellard discussed service. At the end of each speech, a candle was lit to represent each of the virtues.

After that, Beatrice recited the Exemplification of the Torch speech that he had to memorize while holding a burning candle in hopes the melted candle wax didn’t fall onto his hand or wrist. Then, RHS Principal John Harrison presented the National Honor Society certificates to the graduating members. As the members receive their certificates, the formed a receiving line at the exit of the auditorium for guests and sponsors to walk through and congratulate the senior members and newly inducted members.

At the close of the event, guests, members, and sponsors were welcomed to congregate in the RHS cafeteria for desserts and beverages. All in all, the event was a huge success as always and was the start of a new year of the Pentelic Chapter of the National Honor Society.


New Inductees:


Alexis Nastasia

Giovan Soares


Melyssa Almeida

Stephanie Beatrice

Jad Bendarkawi

Matthew Bruzzese

Kathryn Buckley

Maria Ciano

Jessica DeMarco

Jillian Dorney

Caroline Elie

Tyler Gambon

Madeline Gear

Nicolle Guidel Winter

Tyler Johnson

Sabrina Morgan

Alyssa Patten

Oliver Reera

Zachary Webb

Hannah Wyllie

Julia Yeadon

Danting Zhu

Departing Senior Members:

President- Sean Morrissey

Vice President- Tyler Beatrice

Treasurer- Jasmin Morse

Secretary- Marissa Smith

Madison Blonde

Caitlin Cameron

Abigail Condon

John Ellard

Elizabeth Kelley

Rebecca Mullen

Francisco Oliveira

Michelle Ramoska

Justin Sherlock

Kara Sullivan

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