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Veritas staff wins awards

At the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on Friday, May 2, several members of the Veritas staff received Special Achievement Awards in the Scholastic Journalism contest.

Victoria Pratt, Georgia Panagiotidis, Molly Garrity and Devin Gilmore with their Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association.

Victoria Pratt, Georgia Panagiotidis, Molly Garrity and Devin Gilmore with their Special Achievement Award in the Feature Story category.  Their story which Joe Rizzotto also co-wrote was entitled, “Boston bombing hits home for students” and was published in last year’s May edition of the Veritas.

Meghan Foster was recognized for her movie review, "Catching Fire a must see."

Meghan Foster was recognized for her movie review, “Catching Fire a must see.”

 

Seniors Devin Gilmore, Georgia Panagiotidis, Victoria Pratt, Molly Garrity, and Joe Rizzotto received a Special Achievement award for a feature story written about the Boston Marathon bombing. Published in the May, 2013 issue of the Veritas, the feature story, “Boston bombing hits home for students,”  describes various experiences of students, alumni, and teachers during the bombing.  These experiences and reactions to the tragedy were compiled by the journalism class into one story.

Meghan Foster received a Special Achievement Award for her review of the film Catching Fire published in the Veritas’ December, 2013 issue: “Catching Fire a must see.”

Students in school newspapers across New England submit entries to the contest. Categories included in the contest are: Photography, Features, Newswriting, Reviews, Columns, Editorials, and Sportswriting. The judging is very selective and only the very best submissions receive Special Achievement awards.

Also, The Veritas as a whole once again received a Highest Achievement Award in the Print and On-Line category. Seniors Devin Gilmore and Georgia Panagiotidis, managing editors of The Veritas, received the award on behalf of the staff.

Principal Alan Cron said in his Twitter feed, “Well deserved recognition for a truly outstanding student newspaper! Go Dogs!!”

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High School Musical on stage Friday and Saturday night

Alyssa Collins and Andrew Frazer in a scene from High School Musical.  Photo by Sarah Margolis

Alyssa Collins and Andrew Frazer in a scene from High School Musical. Photo by Sarah Margolis

Harrison Shields, Veritas Staff

Many are familiar with the story of Disney’s High School Musical. Out of no where, Troy Bolton, a basketball star, auditions for East High’s school musical. Shocking all of his friends, even shocking himself, Troy gets the lead role of their school musical.

On Friday and Saturday night Rockland High School’s Theatre Guild will perform High School Musical and Rockland High School’s very own version of Troy Bolton will be on stage.

Back in March, RHS junior Andrew Frazer, a three sport athlete, auditioned for the part of Troy. Surprising everyone from his coaches to his closest friends, Andrew was cast as Troy, and his court became the stage. As to what made him audition for the musical, Frazer was stumped, answering, “I don’t really know. I kind of wanted to be involved in more things, and I thought expressing myself through drama would be cool.”

Just as surprising as his acting ability is that Frazer has really enjoyed incorporating drama into his life. “I like it. Now that I have ‘Troy’s boys’, I feel more comfortable and relaxed.” Troy’s boys are members of the baseball team who joined the High School Musical cast to help Frazer get more acclimated to the drama scene and feel less pressure on stage.

The opportunity to see what should be an exciting performance by Frazer, Troy’s Boys, and of course, the rest of the talented members of the Theatre Guild should not be missed. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the night of the show. They can be purchased at Showtix4u.com. The show begins at 7 pm and will have one intermission with Cupcake Mojo cupcakes on sale.

Troy's Boys include left to right standing: Jonathan Turner,

Troy’s Boys include left to right standing: Jonathan Turner, Jared Quirk, Andrew Frazer, Pearse McNally, Brian Leonard. Front: Mike Leavitt, Matt Nicholson and Harrison Shields. Photo by Sam DeMarco

Where is the senior prom going to be now?

Alex Peppino, Veritas Sports Editor

Lake View Pavilion burning down on April 5th.

Lake View Pavilion burning down on April 5th. photo from Associated Press

Just the seniors’ luck, their prom venue burned to the ground.

On Saturday, April 5th, whoever watched the news would have learned that the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough was completely destroyed by fire. As a wedding was going on, someone decided to smoke a cigarette and throw it into the mulch outside the hall which created flames throughout the whole building. The Pavilion had been booked for the RHS Senior Prom on May 28. The first thing that most seniors thought was “where is our prom going to be?”

Senior Kayla MacNeil said, “I was nervous that we wouldn’t be able to find another place to have our prom in such a short time.”

Even though there was still a month until prom finding a new venue caused some stress. Luckily, senior Molly Garrity, class president, kept her calm throughout the whole process. She said, “I wasn’t really stressed because our prom is being held on a Wednesday and typically venues don’t hold events mid-week. I started to contact a few places the next day after the fire, and heard back the following week.”

Choices included the Venezia on the Boston waterfront and The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset.

After discussing the choices with the other class officers and class advisor, Sam Hoyo, Garrity decided the new prom venue would be the Red Lion Inn. This is the same venue the seniors  had last year for their junior prom. She said, “I didn’t originally want to do the “same place twice” thing, but it was the most affordable.”

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The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset is the new venue for this year’s senior prom. photo by Molly Garrity

She also said, “I would’ve liked to go to the Lakeview Pavillion more just for the change of scenery, but it happens so we’re just going to make the best of it.”

Most of the seniors are not disappointed at all. “The Red Lion Inn venue is beautiful, so it doesn’t bother me that it’s at the same place as last year,” senior Kelsey Joyce said.

To have found another place so quickly is a relief to all involved.  Most seniors agree that even if the prom ended up being in the school gym, the Class of 2014 is going to make the best of one of the last school events they’ll have in high school.

Thankfully everything is now back to normal and all the usual prom preparations are underway for May 28.

Baseball, softball get first wins

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Junior Brian Cohen got his first varsity win against Pembroke. photo courtesy of Rockland High Sports

The RHS baseball and softball teams both beat Hull yesterday.  For softball it was their first win.  The baseball team has won two so far.

For softball their record is now 1 win and 1 loss.  In their first game against Monomoy, they lost 9-7 due to some errors.  A bright spot in that game though was Kylie Langhoff’s two run homer.  Against Hull the Lady Dogs dominated and won 15 to 3.  Hitting stars included Brianna Starkey who had two hits and 3 runs batted in.  Maddie Olsen also had two hits and 3 runs batted in.  Allie Sammon picked up the win, pitching all six innings.

The girls play Hanover today (Friday, April 4).

The baseball team as previously stated is 2-0.  They beat Pembroke by a score of 4 to 3.  Junior Brian Cohen got his first varsity win as he and Matt Clougherty combined to pitch six innings.  Against Hull the score was 8 to 5 in favor of the Dogs. Junior Brandon Kirby won his first varsity game as he pitched four innings of relief.

Winter sports teams have success

The cheerleaders placed first in the regional winter cheerleading competition on March 2. photo by Kelley Reale

The cheerleaders placed first in the regional winter cheerleading competition on March 2. photo by Kelley Reale

By Alex Peppino, Veritas Sports Editor
Contributing reporters: Harrison Shields, Georgia Panagiotidis and Haley Reardon  
Photos courtesy of Kelley Reale

All the winter sports except for winter cheerleading have come to an end for the 2013-2014 season.

Following is a wrap-up of the results of the teams’ tournament games.

The boys hockey team with a record of 12-6-4 was seeded 7th in the Division Three South. They  played two tournament games. The first was at home against Bourne that they won 6-1. Shawn Kane had five goals and the team advanced to the quarterfinals at Gallo Arena in Bourne last Sunday where they lost 5 to 3 to Diman Regional of Fall River. Diman was the #2 seed in the South with a record of 15-4-2.

Despite the loss it was a very successful season and in the Patriot Ledger Coach Flaherty said that the seniors had brought respect to the program. “They’ve put Rockland hockey back on the map,” said Flaherty.

Senior captain, Tim Daggett said, “As talented of a team that we had, I expected a lot more. We should have won games that we lost and simply didn’t perform to our abilities. It’s a shame we went out the way we did but playing hockey at Rockland High was some of the best years of my life. I’m going to miss it.”  All-Stars this year were Tim Daggett, Colin Sheehan, Trevor Trudeau, Andy Reardon and Shawn Kane.

The girls basketball team, with a record of 13-7 was seeded eighth in the tournament and got a home game. They were matched up with league rival, East Bridgewater.

In an intense game they beat EB 42-30 to move on to a Division 3 quarterfinal game on Friday night Feb.28  vs. Bourne, the #1 seed. Bourne’s experienced senior line-up showed as the girls lost 45 to 41.  Ally Cerrato had 20 points and closed out a terrific career.

Kyra Rose and Ally Cerrato made the all-star team. Sophomore Kyra Rose was Player of the Year in the South Shore League.

The boys basketball team, seeded fifth with a record of 15-5  beat #12 seed Dennis-Yarmouth at home in an opening round game.  They then had to travel to Westport, the number 4 seed, where they lost 65-59.  One of the most exciting games at RHS in a long time was the last minute victory against league champion Cohasset, coming off an offensive rebound put back by John Furr.

Matt Nicholson the Dogs’ veteran captain who also was Player of the Year in the South Shore League had 21 points in his last game as a Bulldog!

Coach Damon says, “Looking back at it, it was a great season. If you had told me four months ago we’d be in this position, I wouldn’t have believed it. I was happy when we started playing well, I just wished we kept it going.”

John Furr and Ian MacDonald were also South Shore League All-Stars.

In wrestling junior Dennis McPeck (220) and senior Bob Gasdia (182) both placed second in the Division 3 Sectionals in Cohasset held on February 14.  This qualified them for the State tournament in Foxboro where Gasdia placed sixth.  Gasdia went on to All-States.  Even though he did not place, he did well in his first match against the Division Two State Champion.

Athletic Director Graziano says, “I’m very proud of how much the team improved this year.”  Graziano also recognized Dennis McPeck and Bobby Gasdia for being undefeated in league meets and making the SSL All-Star team.

Last but not least, winter cheerleading is the one team that won a championship this winter.   In their league meet at East Bridgewater on Feb. 15,  the cheerleaders with their new routine, placed second behind rival East Bridgewater.  While not able  to defending last year’s league title, this gave the girls the chance for redemption as they moved forward to regionals held at Whitman-Hanson on March 2.  There they came in first.

This qualified them for the State Championship on Sunday, March 9, at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale Mass. where they did a great job but came in third.

Junior Krystin Killion told us, “Winning regionals was the best feeling, being back on top, and we have a very good chance. We just have to keep doing what we are doing and we can get another ring.”

All-Stars have been announced: They include Sarah Fitzgerald, Haley Reardon, Maddie Daly and Sam Aylward.

Congratulations to all our winter tournament teams!

Hockey team continues their tournament down in Bourne on Sunday

By Alex Peppino, Veritas Sports Editor

The hockey team won their first tournament game 6-1 against Bourne at the Rockland Rink on Tuesday night. Shawn Kane scored 5 of the goals followed by Shane Murray with the final goal. Tim Daggett assisted on two of the goals.

Now with a great start into the tournament, they will play Diman Regional from Fall River on Sunday March 2nd at Bourne at 4:45 pm.

Click on this link to get the MIAA pairings.

Shawn Kane fires a shot.

Shawn Kane fires a shot.

Shawn Kane's scores one of his five goals against Denniw Yarmouth.

Shawn Kane scores one of his five goals against Dennis Yarmouth. photos by Kelley Reale

Wrestlers win against Norwell

The 2014 RHS wrestlers: Back row: left to right: Andrew Rowell, Colin Toohey, Mike Ahern, Alec Donegan, Owen Martin, Mitch Vongbandith, Troy Panico, Brad Gasdia, Pat Sullivan, Aric, Bill bo Parles, Christina Howe, Matt Martin, Tyler Murphy, Austin Ferullo, Joe Callahan, Pearse McNally, Mike Mignosa, Coach Tim Brown,  The Dennis, Derick Crowe, Bobby Gasdia, Coach Peter Harrington.

The 2014 RHS wrestlers: Back row: left to right: Andrew Rowell, Colin Toohey, Mike Ahern, Alec Donegan, Owen Martin, Mitch Vongbandith, row 3: Troy Panico, Brad Gasdia, Pat Sullivan, Aric, Billy Parlee, Christina Howe; Row 2: Matt Martin, Tyler Murphy, Austin Ferullo, Joe Callahan, Pearse McNally, Mike Mignosa; Front row:Coach Tim Brown, Dennis McPeck, Derek Crowe, Bobby Gasdia, Coach Peter Harrington.  photo by Kelley Reale

Submitted by Bobby Gasdia and Pearse McNally

MEET VS NORWELL JAN 23 45-33 W

The Dogs’ wrestling team won a home meet vs Norwell on Saturday morning, Jan. 23. The final score was an impressive 45-33.
Losing their last two meets vs Norwell, the Bulldogs validated their remarkable improvement over the course of the season with key wins from Dennis McPeck, Pearse McNally and Derek Crowe.

Norwell came out strong taking the first two matches in the lightweight classes, but Joe Callahan changed the tempo with his win in the 126 class by points. In the middleweight classes, Mike Ahearn, Owen Martin, and Brad Gasdia suffered tough losses but showed marked improvement in their technique.

From 160 up the Bulldogs saw some phenomenal wrestling, including Matt Martin’s triple overtime win, Pearse, Bobby, and Derek’s first round pins, and Dennis McPeck’s wrestling 90 pounds heavier than his weight, and still winning!

Great job guys!

Dennis McPeck

Pearse McNally

Derek Crowe

Derek Crowe

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