Monthly Archives: November 2019

Holiday Stroll returns to Rockland Today!

Nov. 30, 2019

As Rockland tradition, the Holiday Stroll will return the Saturday after Thanksgiving in order to get ready for the Christmas holidays. This community-held event that began over 25 years ago holds activities and demonstrations that satisfy everyone’s interests.

Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend to enjoy activities such as Joe’s Crazy Critters, a meet and greet with Santa and Ms. Claus, character meet and greets, hayrides, and much more!

Businesses and churches along the route also participate in the event by providing accommodations such as clam chowder, cookies, and face paintings.

RHS students will also take part with the Chorus caroling and seniors decorating Santa hats at Mountain One Bank.

The stroll this year will occur on November 30th from 4pm to 7pm. All are encouraged to attend!


RHS Students Show Their Thankfulness

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief


Thanksgiving is a joyful holiday used to celebrate friends, families, and of course the food that it set out onto the table during the celebration. In communities such as Rockland, some families struggle to find ways to give thanks during the holiday. Even something as simple as setting the dinner table can be a daunting task for some. During this Thanksgiving season, in order to give thanks back to your local community, here are some ways that you could make a difference and give thanks this holiday season.

  • Donate nonperishable goods to a food pantry

Classes are donating canned goods and other nonperishable items in their annual Turkey Trot event. Veritas photo

Rockland High School is currently running a Turkey Trot to raise food for families during this Thanksgiving season. Until November 21, students were encouraged to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items to donate to the local food pantry. The class with the most items will receive points towards the class cup!

  • Go through clothing and textile items at home and donate anything that is no longer needed to a local clothing bin or Salvation Army
  • Participate in volunteer work at places such as the senior center
  • Support the troops by creating care packages and letters
  • Simply give thanks to an individual in your life; someone at school or a member of your family

Preschool children explained what they are thankful for.

When asking around the high school, students and faculty frequently respond that they are thankful for their friends, family, roof over their heads, cars, school, and the access to food.  Below is a video made by WRPS and The Veritas asking students for their feelings about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Seniors Win in Competitive Game

November 25, 2019

Last Thursday night, Nov. 21, the Class of 2020 won the annual Powderpuff game against the Class of 2021  The score was 30-8.

For the seniors Lydia McWilliams, Hannah Wyllie (2) and Maryn Monett scored touchdowns. For the juniors Hannah Rich had their only touchdown.

Even though the score was a little lopsided the game was competitive and the event was a success! The juniors with this experience will be able to get a victory next year against the Class of 2022.

Cheerleaders Go For 10th Title on Sunday

RHS Cheer Team with regionals trophy. They are competing for state championship on Sunday.

Nov. 22, 2019

The Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) Fall Cheerleading State Championships will be held on Sunday Nov. 24 at Worcester State University.  The RHS Cheer Team will be competing in Division Four and will be hoping to land a tenth state title!

They qualified for the state tournament by coming in first in the South Regionals held at Plymouth North last weekend.  Also qualifying in the D4 South were Abington HS, Bellingham HS, and Archbishop Williams. Hull HS and Case HS received at large bids.

Rockland is scheduled to go on the floor at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Ticket prices are $10 adults / $7 students / $7 seniors and the doors will open to spectators at 9:15 a.m.

Good luck to the Cheerleaders!

Show Your Spirit During Spirit Week!

Zack Webb and Maddie Gear are dressed for their work-out on Workout Day today. photo by Veritas staff

November 20, 2019

Spirit Week began on Wednesday, Nov. 20 with “Workout Day” as the theme. The Student Government Council established the following “days” for Spirit Week:

Wednesday, Nov. 20 Workout Day

Thursday, Nov. 21  Beach Day

Friday, Nov. 22 Groutfit Day

Monday, Nov. 25  Neon or Tie-Dye Day

Tuesday, Nov. 26  Class Colors Day for the Pep Rally

Junior Grace Henry, the Unified Spirit Chair said, “Spirit Week is designed to unite all grades of the high school and spread Bulldog pride!”

She also explained that she, along with the SGC Spirit Committee and the Eboard came up with the ideas for the days.   Individual class officers decide on the class colors which “generally stay the same for each grade,” according to Henry.

So, get your spirit on and check back to this post to see photos for each day.  Look for a Veritas photographer to get you and your friends on the website!!


Mr. Rockland 2019-2020 Is Crowned

November 18, 2019

RHS senior Zachary Webb was crowned as Mr. Rockland on Thursday, Nov. 14. He was one of seven seniors who competed in various categories such as talent, lip synch, school spirit, formal wear and question and answers. Senior Student Government Council members Lara Glennon and Maddie Gear served as emcees for the contest and the faculty judges were dean of students, Fredrick Damon, math teacher, Steve Casagrande, math teacher Kathy Hoffman and science teacher Julia DiCanzio.

The judges said that it was a really difficult decision to narrow the seven to down to three. Coming in third in the judging was Joey Messier while Owen Shea came in 2nd place.

Webb assured his win with a unique talent but most of all with his musical lip synch and dancing duet with Bruzzese. (see photos below!)

The Mr. Rockland contestants were Jake Benson, Jordan Cunningham, Joey Messier, Zachary Webb, Owen Shea, Mathew Bruzzese and Phil Pattinson. All the seniors had a lot of fun and the audience did as well.

Congratulations to all the contestants, the emcees and the Student Government Council advisor, Kirsten Bartoloni who coordinated the event with WRPS.

Veritas Staff photographer Arianna Esposito got some great photos of all the contestants!

Volleyball Team Has One More Stop On Road To State Title

The volleyball team and a few of their many fans on Weds. night after their victory against Ipswich in the State Semifinals.

The volleyball team will play tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 16) at Worcester State University in the Division 3 state volleyball finals at 12 p.m.  Their opponent will be the champion of the Central and West semifinals, Frontier High School from Deerfield, MA.

Their appearance in the State Final was assured with their convincing win on Wednesday night at Newton South High School where they defeated the North Champions, Ipswich in a fairly lopsided game, 3-0.

The entire team contributed to this win with superlative serving, and very good teamwork between the front and back lines.  The four seniors Hannah Wyllie, Caroline Elie, Jessie DeMarco and Hannah Murphy have provided strong leadership every step on the road to this last game on Saturday.

The girls had gotten to the state semi-finals by virtue of their win over Case High School for the South Sectional title on Saturday, Nov. 9 in New Bedford.  The South Sectional title was one major goal that the team had, having never advanced that far in the tournament.

But they certainly are not satisfied and are now focused on completing their mission to bring home another State Championship banner to the Rockland High School gym.

The fan support of the team has been excellent and it is sure to be a loud group that accompanies the team to Worcester.  Don’t miss it!

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