Miss Rockland Crowned
Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor
Miss Rockland must be a positive role model, academically sound, involved in the school and community, and respected by teachers and peers. She must also have school spirit and Rockland pride. This is the criteria upon which Rockland High teachers are asked to base their nominations for the competition.
On October 24, during the Homecoming football game vs. Carver, Brianna Starkey was crowned this year’s Miss Rockland.
Along with Starkey the nominees included Nicole Cook, Katie DeLorey, Kara Penney, Alex Pigeon, and Danielle Whitcher.
Cook is an active member of both the school band and Student Government Council. She is Band Council President and serves on the RHS SGC Executive Board as historian. Nicole’s future plans involve attending a four-year college in Washington D.C., majoring in History and Political Sciences.
“My reaction when I had learned that I was a Miss Rockland nominee was shocked, excited and honored that I was given such an opportunity,” says Cook.
DeLorey, also an active member of Student Government serves as the Council’s president.
Along with this role DeLorey is secretary of the Rockland Chapter of the National Honor Society, a member of the varsity volleyball team, and is also the Veritas’ editor-in-chief, a position she shares with fellow Miss Rockland nominee Alex Pigeon. DeLorey plans to attend a four-year college majoring in Psychology.
“I was shocked and so happy [to have been nominated] because the girls who had been nominated in the past I always looked up to as role models and it was crazy to think that was me,” she says.
Along with her role in the Veritas, Pigeon is also Vice-President of both the senior class and the National Honor Society. She is Captain of the girl’s varsity soccer team. Pigeon’s future plans include attending a four-year college majoring in English, writing, communications, or journalism.
“Obviously when I first found out I was a nominee I was absolutely honored to know that the staff at RHS thought I fit the qualities of Miss Rockland,” says Pigeon, “It’s one thing to do well in a class but to know that the teacher recognizes positive character traits in you is very satisfying.”
Penney, one of Pigeon’s teammates, is also part of the soccer team along with basketball and track. She too is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Government Council. Penney is captain of the Bulldog Mentor Program, where she helps to welcome freshmen to RHS. Penney plans to attend a four-year college to major in History and minor in Education and pursue a career as a middle school teacher.
“I was surprised. I wasn’t expecting to be nominated. It felt good,” says Penney, “I feel honored that my teachers felt that I fit the requirements for a nominee for Miss. Rockland.”
Whitcher is also a member of the soccer team, Student Government Council, and Bulldog Mentor Program. She is president of the National Honor Society. Following high school, Whitcher plans to attend a four-year college to study nursing. She would like to become a pediatric oncology nurse.
Describing the feeling of being chosen as a nominee, Whitcher said, “When I first heard that I was nominated for Miss Rockland I was excited, especially when I learned who I was nominated with because I knew it must be special with such a great group of girls.”
Starkey participates in volleyball, softball, and cheerleading. She has been the captain of the softball and volleyball teams since her junior year of high school. Her plans following high school include attending a four-year college for Physical Therapy.
“When I first found out I was nominated for Miss Rockland I felt honored. Each year I’ve looked up to the Miss Rockland nominees and I ended up being one,” says Starkey, “I look at the other nominees as role models and it’s an honor to be recognized as one also.”
“I think all of the girls chosen are beautiful inside and out,” says math teacher, Valerie Mulready, regarding the six nominees, being a former Miss Rockland nominee she remembers feeling similarly to the 2014 candidates, “I was nominated when I was a senior at Rockland High, a hundred years ago; I still remember what an honor it was.”
Although there could only be one winner, each of the six Miss Rockland nominees showcase what it truly means to be a great role model within their school and town.
“I was shocked when my name was called for Miss Rockland,” says Starkey, “I was in complete awe and very grateful for everyone in my life pushing me to this point.”
This year the Miss Rockland competition showcased six of RHS’s standout young women. The girls nominated demonstrate the best of the best in RHS academics, sports, music, and school spirit.