Monthly Archives: August 2020
Seniors’ College Plans
August 23, 2020
Class of 2020 graduates are now beginning to head off to college. So here is a list of their destinations. We wish everyone good luck and hope they have a great freshman year whether they are attending classes in person or remotely.
Jake Adams -Massasoit Community College
Melyssa Almeida – Harvard
Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano- Salem State University
Kirsten Andrews – Massasoit Community College
Taylor Anzivino – Massasoit Community College
Crystal Arena – Massasoit Community College
Eric Barber – Bridgewater State University
Stephanie Beatrice – Regis College
Keiland Beckford -Quincy College
Zachary Belcher – Nichols College
Sean Belmonte -U Mass Amherst
Jad Bendarkawi – Princeton University
Jakob Benson – Coastal Carolina University
Makayla Berardi – Bridgewater State University
Molly Boggs – U Mass Boston
Robert Bono – Massasoit Community College
Taina Bruno – Quincy College
Mathew Bruzzese – U Mass Amherst
Kathryn Buckley – Worcester State University
Emily Bugbee – Massasoit Community College
Lauren Buker – Johnson & Wales University
Riley Cadogan – Massasoit Community College
Nicholas Cedrone – Bentley University
Victoria Churchill – Quincy College
Maria Ciano – Regis College
Samuel Coleran – Massasoit Community College
Mia Comeau – Coastal Carolina University
Erin Connors – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Jordan Cunningham – Anna Maria College
Adam Dalton – Bridgewater State University
Kerin Dalton – Saint Joseph’s University
Jordan Delorey – Bridgewater State University
Jessica DeMarco – Saint Anselm College
David derKinderen – Westfield State University
Paige Donnelly – Bridgewater State University
Jillian Dorney – U Mass Amherst
Jonathan Dorney – Massasoit Community College
Jacob Dunham – Bridgewater State University
Neleh Dunn – U Mass Dartmouth
Michael Dutton – Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Caroline Elie – Roger Williams University
Cynthia Elliott Massachusetts – College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Arianna Esposito – Champlain College
Hailey Estabrooks – Massasoit Community College
Andrew Evans – U Mass Boston
Elyse Finerty – Westfield State University
Ava Fiore – Merrimack College
Liam Flaherty – Bridgewater State College
Ashley Gallagher – University of New England
Tyler Gambon – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Madeline Gear – U Mass Lowell
Lara Glennon – Emerson College
Matthew Griffin – Clemson University
Nicolle Guidiel Winter – U Mass Amherst
Jaylen Haltiwanger – New England Institute of Technology
Jacob Harris – Ursinus College
Melanie Harris – Roger Williams University
Zachary Harris – Nichols College
Frank Hawe III – Plymouth State University
Natalia Hernandez – Keene State College
Kylie Houde – Southern New Hampshire University
Steven Hoye – Bridgewater State University
Oliva Janis – Salem State University
Tyler Johnson – Northeastern University
Erin Kearns – Massasoit Community College
Rebecca Keefe – Plymouth State University
Brooke Kimball – Curry College
Grace LaPlante – Salem State University
Emma Lauria – Regis College
Kyle Lenihan – Bridgewater State University
Chase MacDonald – University of New Hampshire
Kayla Mantell – Massasoit Community College
Jameson McCardell – Wheaton College
Elizabeth McGaffigan – U Mass Amherst
Kathryn McGuirk – Westfield State University
Sarah McLellan – Bridgewater State University
Lydia McWilliams – U Mass Boston
Joseph Messier – New England Institute of Technology
Olivia Milso – Massasoit Community College
Hallie Molineaux – Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy
Maryn Monett – Plymouth State University
Sabrina Morgan – Stonehill College
Hannah Murphy – University of Maine
Joseph Murray – Wentworth Institute of Technology
Samantha Nachtman – Salem State University
Keely Naughton – Suffolk University
Haley Nee – Massasoit Community College
Jennifer Nguyen – Massasoit Community College
Steven Nguyen – Massasoit Community College
Dhruvi Patel – U Mass Boston
Alyssa Patten – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Philip Pattison – Bridgewater State University
Selena Peguero-Martinez – Massasoit Community College
Jordan Pierce – Curry College
Dakota Pike – Coastal Carolina University
Oliver Reera – Wentworth Institute of TechnologyO
Owen Shea – Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Juliana Smith – Massasoit Community College
Lucas Sprague – U Mass Lowell
Michaela Sugrue – Bridgewater State University
Bryce Taylor – Rochester institute of Technology
Megan Uong – U Mass Boston
Dante Vasquez – Framingham State College
Zachary Webb – U Mass Amherst
Jacob Willis – Texas Christian University
Hannah Wyllie – Colby College
Julia Yeadon – U Mass Lowell
Danting Zhu – Assumption University
Let us know if you have any updates or additions to the list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
National Honor Society Induction 2020
On July 30, 2020 at 7PM, Rockland High School inducted five seniors and ten juniors into the National Honor Society. Twenty five current senior members were also present at the ceremony, along with friends, family, and multiple staff members to support new and old members of the Society.
In order to deliver a safe induction, the number of guests were limited to immediate family only. Families along with students had to remain six feet apart throughout the induction, and all attendees were required to wear a face mask upon their attendance.
To start off the ceremony, previous and new members entered the stadium led by Jad Bendarkawi, the Class of 2020 National Honor Society president. After giving the pledge, Jad delivered an introduction of the National Honor Society, along with a history of the societies background. Following Jad’s speech, the class of 2020 secretary, Madeline Gear announced the senior roll call, to congratulate the members on their college acceptances. Following roll call, Virtues were presented by the following students:
Character: Zach Webb
Scholarship: Katy Buckley
Leadership: Tyler Gambon
Service: Julia Yeadon
Led by Jad, the new inductees recited a pledge in order to become members. Following the pledge, Jad presented the pins to the new inductees, and principal Dr. John Harrison presented certificates to all senior members.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, students, families, and faculty members had the opportunity for photos. Inductees were able to receive gifts from their sponsors, which could have been a faculty member, or an immediate family member that had attended the ceremony.
Senior Members (25)
Class of 2020 Graduation
August 1, 2020
Two months after their originally scheduled ceremony, Rockland High School’s Class of 2020 finally had its Graduation. On August 1, a beautiful Saturday night, 149 members of the Senior Class paraded into Veterans Memorial Stadium, ready to finally say their goodbyes to this year and to their high school careers. They were led by Junior Class Marshals Cullen Rogers and Lauren Draicchio, and RPS administrators. Members of the faculty followed the class into the stadium.
Senior Class President Mathew Bruzzese conducted the ceremony that had most of the same elements as always. He addressed his classmates during the program as did Class Valedictorian, Tyler Gambon.
(see WRPS video below)
Speakers included Robert Murphy, science teacher, who was invited to speak by the class. He referenced Charles Dickens’ first lines of A Tale of Two Cities in his opening remarks: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” words appropriate he said to the school year that saw great success for the class but ended abruptly with the pandemic. He also, as did all the speakers, commended the class for its resilience and good humor in dealing with the events of their senior year.
Also speaking were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan Cron, Chair of the Rockland School Committee Jill Maroney, and RHS Principal Dr. John Harrison. All the speakers wished the class good luck and bright days in their futures.
Class Vice President Katy Buckley presented the class gift to Lauren Draicchio, president of the Class of 2021.
As they came forward to get their diplomas, Dr. Harrison read the names of graduates along with noting their future plans.
With one last roller coaster led by Owen Shea and the traditional tossing of hats, Graduation 2020 was over.
Graduates, parents and teachers will long remember this most accomplished and resilient Class of 2020. Good luck to all!
Photos below courtesy of Pat Glennon
The WRPS video of the ceremony is below:
Senior Awards Night Held on Friday, July 31
RHS SENIOR ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC BANQUET
Ms. Kristen Walsh, Senior Class Advisor conducted the introductions of award winners at the Class of 2020 Academic and Athletic Award night held in the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, July 31. In her opening remarks she commended these students who had their end of year activities turned upside down because of the pandemic. She said they “have shown grace and resilience despite a challenging end of their high school career.”
Mathew Bruzzese, the Senior Class President, led the Pledge of Allegiance and then introduced special guests including Ms. Jill Maroney, Ms. Jaime Hennessy, Ms. Emily Davidson, Mr. Dan Biggins, Mr. Richard Phelps, Dr. Alan H. Cron, Superintendent and Ms. Colleen Forlizzi, Assistant Superintendent.
The awards program began with the presentation of the athletic awards by Mr. Gary Graziano, the Athletic Director.
First was a presentation to Maryellen Woodward, long-time administrative assistant in the athletic office who retired this year. Mrs. Woodward, served in that capacity for over 30 years. She was a familiar face at athletic events scoring, taking tickets and registering the results back in the office with the MIAA. Mr. Graziano said, “She did all she could for the kids of Rockland and made me look good. Happy well deserved retirement after 34 years!”
Following are the individual athletic awards and the winners:
The Woman’s Coaches Award is presented to a female student-athlete. This year’s award was presented to Hannah Murphy.
The Vicki Solari Award is awarded to the most inspirational female athlete. This year’s recipient was Stephanie Beatrice.
The John Bell Bulldog Award is presented to the female and male players who play over and above abilities. This year’s recipients were Taylor Anzivino and Zachary Belcher.
The Louis Cifello Award is presented to the most inspirational male athletes. This year’s recipients were Dante Vasquez and Joseph Murray.
The Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Awards recognizes the female and male athletes that never give up. This year’s recipients were Jessica DeMarco and Vitor Santos. The John Delorey Awards are presented to the female and male athletes who best exemplify sportsmanship. This year’s recipients were Maria Ciano and Michael Dutton.
The Charles E. Leverone Award is awarded to the top male and top female track or cross country runner. This year’s recipients were Tyler Johnson & Melanie Harris.
The Senior Female Athletic Award is presented to the top senior female athlete. This year’s recipient was Caroline Elie.
The Peter J. Crowley Award is presented to the top senior male athlete. This year’s recipient was Dante Vasquez.
The Marion Mansfield Donovan Award is awarded to the top female student-athlete. This year’s recipients were Caroline Elie and Hannah Wyllie.
The Joseph Dondero Award was awarded to Tyler Johnson in recognition of being the top male student-athlete.
The Dr. Joseph Dunn Award is awarded to the top student-athlete and football player. This year’s recipient was Owen Shea.
The Silver Bowl Winner was Owen Shea.
Ms. Walsh then introduced the following students who received cords for graduation to reflect their future military service.
Jahri Francis- United States Air Force, Gabriel Fiorot-United States Air Force, Jamille Araujo Soares- United States Marines, Robert Whitman- United States Army
Next were special academic awards:
The RHS Journalism Student Newspaper Award is presented to an outstanding senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the RHS Veritas. This year’s recipient was Arianna Esposito.
The Senior Academic Letters for Excellence in Education are awarded to students who have been on the honor roll for six consecutive terms or a total of ten terms while a student at Rockland High School. This year’s recipients were Taylor Anzivino, Mia Comeau, Pierre Comeau, Haley Cotton, Jillian Dorney, Lara Glennon, Nicolle Gudiel Winter, Erin Kearns, Kyle Lenihan, and Danting Zhu.
The Community Service Awards are given to students who have demonstrated a diversity of service, completed a minimum of 75 hours of completed service, and completed the majority of their service in Rockland. This year’s recipients were Melyssa Almeida, Maria Ciano, Nicolle Gudiel Winter, and Danting Zhu
This next recognition was to seniors who earned high honors the first three terms. This year’s senior who received High Honors the First Three Terms were Melyssa Almeida, Jad Bendakarwi, Kathryn Buckley, Tyler Gambon, Tyler Johnson, and Julia Yeadon.
The Phoenix Award is presented to the senior who has persevered despite many obstacles and challenges. This year’s recipient was Jordan Delorey.
The Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award was presented by Mr. Richard Phelps in honor of his wife, Ann E. Phelps who passed away on July 8, 2017. Mrs. Phelps worked at RHS as the head nurse from 1986-2003. In addition to being an outstanding nurse, Ms. Phelps was instrumental in organizing Senior Issues, the Academic Awards Ceremony, and Retirement Parties. Ann was also the founder of Rockland Holiday Magic back in 2003 and the program continues to this day, helping hundreds of families in need during the holiday season. Ann was regarded as a faculty member who truly made a difference in the lives of our students and families. The recipient of the Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award this year is Hannah Wyllie.
Ms. Walsh recognized two seniors who have held leadership positions in the Travel Club. President Maddie Gear and vice president Tyler Johnson were honored for their outstanding commitment to providing leadership in preparation for and while traveling to Japan and Central Europe, as well as representing Rockland High School and their community proudly.
The Senior Academic Achievement Awards are presented in each discipline. These students received a plaque to acknowledge their outstanding accomplishments.
Ms. Kata Medeiros of the RHS Art Department presented the Senior Art Award to Bryce Taylor and Krystal LaFrance.
The Outstanding Scholarship in English Language Arts Award is presented to two graduating seniors who have excelled academically in English Language Arts classes, are in good standing in both the school and the community, and demonstrate characteristics and attributes determined by the English Language Arts faculty
Ms. Kendra Donovan presented the English Department Award to Lara Glennon.
The Outstanding Scholarship in History and Social Science Award is presented to two graduating seniors who have excelled academically in History/Social Science classes, are in good standing in both the school and the community, and demonstrate the characteristics and attributes determined by the History/Social Science faculty.
Mr. Rich MacAllister presented the History and Social Studies Department’s Award to Nick Cedrone.
The Mathematics Department Award goes to the senior who is among the top mathematics students at Rockland High School and is a leader in the classroom. Mr. Casagrande, Math department chair presented the award to Melyssa Almeida.
The Family and Consumer Science Award is in recognition of students who displayed the highest level of: team-oriented enthusiasm, attention to time management and organization, outstanding leadership, exemplary respect for safety, and excellent skills. Mrs. Brenda Folsom presented the awards to Philip Pattison and Michaela Sugrue.
The Construction Technology Award recognizes students that display a high level of knowledge and safety in Wood Technology. These students have dedication and hard work in order to get the work complete. The Technical Department award was presented to Pierre Comeau by Mrs. Folsom.
The Physical Education Department went to two students who are academic athletes: Kyle Lenihan and Hannah Murphy. These students take pride in everything that they participate in both on and off the playing field. They are the students who do not think twice about helping and supporting all aspects of health and wellness.
The Senior Music Department Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding musicianship, a strong personal work ethic, dependability, and dedication to the Rockland music department. Dr. Harrison presented the Music Department’s Awards to Adam Dalton and Kayla Mantell.
The Communication Digital Media/Journalism award is presented to students who have contributed significantly to the RHS in-house media arms, including the Veritas and WRPS. Awardees possess the ability to communicate to their peers and others through various media platforms and understand the crucial role media play in our culture and lives. The Communication and Digital Media Department presented its award to Stephanie Beatrice.
Ms. Angela Armstrong, the Science Department Head, presented the following Science Department Awards.
Environmental Club – (marimo ball) were presented to Jad Bendarkawi, Mathew Bruzzese, Ashley Gallagher, Tyler Gambon, Elizabeth McGaffigan, Dhruvi Patel, Oliver Reera, Zachary Webb and Hannah Wyllie
Also, Zachary Webb and Hannah Wyllie received the Computer Science Award; Robert Whitman received the Engineering Award and the Science Award was given to Maria Ciano and Dhruvi Patel
Ms. Shaughnessy, World Language Department chair presented that department’s award to Julia Yeadon. She explained that one of the main goals in the World Language department is expanding the horizons of our students to new cultures and diversifying their language learning. This award recognizes a senior who has far exceeded obligations and expectations in the Spanish classroom, making a conscious effort every class to use as much of the target language as possible and welcoming risk-taking in their communication.
The following multi-award recipients were:
Joseph Messier– Health & Construction Technology
Tyler Johnson– History & Social Science & Mathematics
Jad Bendakarwi– English & World Language
The Overall Academic Achievement Award was presented to Tyler Gambon.
Dr. Harrison presented the Principal’s Award to Mathew Bruzzese, saying, “It gives me great pride to present this year’s Principal Award to you this evening. Each year the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrator’s Association Student Achievement Award– known as the Principal’s Award is presented to an outstanding senior who has impacted our community significantly. The recipient of this award tonight is someone who I am very proud of. He has led with an open-mind, aspires to include all students, and has a natural kindness that leads us all to gravitate toward this senior.
Dr. Cron then joined Dr. Harrison to present the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award to the Valedictorian of the Class of 2020, Tyler Gambon. The Valedictorian Award is given to the student with the highest grade point average at the conclusion of senior year and described Gambon, in addition to being a top academic student, as a person who has an admiration for his classmates and community.
Gambon then presented the yearbook dedication to Principal John Harrison. Dr. Harrison’s bond with this class runs deep as his first year as principal at RHS in 2016-2017 was also the first year for the Class of 2020 in the high school! The events of this year and Dr. Harrison’s efforts to provide a fitting and safe closure to the seniors’ high school experience have solidified this bond. Dr. Harrison’s caring nature, good humor, attention to detail, and attendance at all the school’s academic and athletic events are beyond compare.