2020: The Year in Review

Dec. 31, 2020

The year 2020 is one that most would like to forget. However at RHS, pre-pandemic, there were several memorable moments, and even after the school’s shutdown in March, administrators and students worked to make the best possible experiences happen for students, and especially for the Class of 2020.

In the school year that began in September, 2020,  students, while longing for better days, have also worked hard to make the most of a difficult situation.

So, here’s the Veritas’ annual “Year in Review” for this year.

January 28, 2020    Mat Bruzzese takes first place in Poetry Out Loud

Senior Mat Bruzzese was the winner of the annual Poetry Out Loud contest sponsored by the English Dept.

Senior Mat Bruzzese came in first in the 2020 Poetry Out Loud Contest held on Jan. 27 in the lecture hall.

January 31, 2020.    Mrs. Ellis Retires

Mrs. Jane Ellis  retired in January after 32 years as the principal’s secretary at RHS.  Mrs. Susan O’Brien assumed her duties.

Left to right: Principal John Harrison, Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. O’Brien prepare for Mrs. Ellis’ retirement.

February 11, 2020. Students Recognized for Academic Accomplishments. Forty RHS students were recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 11 with a special luncheon, catered by Chipotle, in the media center. The luncheon was in recognition of the students’ achieving high honor grades in term 1, term 2 or in both terms.

Freshman Petr Quinn receives his high honor certificate from Principal John Harrison and Asst. Principal Ms. Paulding.

March 8, 2020. Girls Basketball Team defeats Archbishop Williams, then play at Boston Garden 

The girls basketball team advanced to the state semifinals by defeating Archbishop Williams on Friday night, March 6, by a score of 53-37.  That game gave them the Division 3 So. Sectional title. Next, the girls , for only the second time in 20 years, played in the Division 3 State Semifinals on Weds. March 11 at TD Garden in Boston at 2 p.m.  They lost to St. Mary’s of Lynn in the last game any team would play because of the pandemic shutdown of all activities on March 12.  This would also be the last athletic event at RHS supported by student fans in the year 2020.

April 26, 2020. Lara Glennon wins annual Spellman Oratorical Contest

Rockland High School English Department Coordinator, Carol Cahill has announced the winner of the 2020 Spellman Oratorical Contest: Lara Glennon.  Tyler Gambon placed 2nd in the contest, while Sarah McLellan and Ashley Gallagher tied for third place.  Kerin Dalton and Neleh Dunn rounded out the contestants who taped their performances at home and submitted them to judges.

May 27, 2020. Senior Parade Held on Last Day of Classes for Class of 2020

The annual senior parade was held on May 27.  These photos from the Patriot Ledger capture the excitement of seniors on their last day of classes at RHS.

July 30, 2020 National Honor Society Induction

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.

August 1, 2020.   Class of 2020 Graduation

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.


Sept. 2020.  School Year Begins.

The 2020-2021 began a little later than usual but hopes were high that all the precautions in place would lead to a safe and effective learning environment.

October 2020. Student Gov’t Goes Forward for 2020-2021 School Year 

Student Government elected its officers during its second meeting of the year.


November 2020. Fall sports teams adapt and excel

The boys and girls soccer teams, boys and girls cross country teams and the golf team were all able to compete this fall with abbreviated but successful seasons.

The girls cross country team.

December, 2020. Theatre Dept. performs Monologues and Band performs for the Holidays

Finding creative ways to perform their crafts, the Theatre Dept. put together a production called A Medley of Monologues and the RHS Band performed “Let It Snow” virtually.

Keep the faith RHS! Better days are ahead!

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