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Bobby Gasdia named this year’s Spellman Oratorical Champion

(From left) Josh Lutts, Jace Williams, Jon Soo Hoo, Olivia Olsen, Bobby Gasdia, Jackie Carlson, Devin Gilmore, and Brittni Lambiase celebrate the completion of the 2014 Spellman Oratorical Competition

(From left) Josh Lutts, Jace Williams, Jon Soo Hoo, Olivia Olsen, Bobby Gasdia, Jackie Carlson, Devin Gilmore, and Brittni Lambiase celebrate the completion of the 2014 Spellman Oratorical Competition

Lexie Carchedi, Veritas Staff

On Tuesday, April 15, eight seniors competed in the Spellman Oratorical competition. Bobby Gasdia came in first place, winning the $1200 in scholarship prize money. The other contestants placed in the following order from second place to eighth: Jon Soo Hoo, Jackie Carlson, Josh Lutts, Olivia Olsen, Devin Gilmore, Brittni Lambiase, and Jace Williams.

The theme this year was The Darker Side of Human Nature: Students were assigned to write about how authors through the ages have had a fascination with the darker side of human nature. They had to explain how writers illustrate man’s innate evil in a variety of literary and artistic pieces and discuss what conclusions they draw about human nature through their explorations.

The annual Spellman Oratorical is open to all seniors.  After submitting an essay on the specified topic, the top eight are then chosen to compete in the oratorical portion of the contest which is held during the same week as the Rockland Public Schools’ annual Arts Festival.


President Elect Katie DeLorey Welcomed by Current SGC Officers

Haley Macray, Veritas Feature Editor

The Rockland High School Student Government Council (SGC)  is responsible for the majority of community service projects, spirit events, and other leadership focused programs that take place at RHS. The president of the council has many jobs and obligations that they must fulfill including running meetings, creating activities, and maintaining the council overall.

On Wednesday, April 2 at a general meeting, current junior, Katie DeLorey, was elected next year’s SGC President.

DeLorey was president of both her freshman and sophomore class and this year she chaired Rockland’s South Eastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (SEMASC) committee, planning the spring conference in detail with other board members.

At the beginning of the meeting, prior to the elections, DeLorey gave a speech in which she talked about her experience with SGC and how passionate she is about it.

Toward the end of the meeting, Jackie Carlson, the 2013-2014 council president, announced that DeLorey had won the election and would be taking her place for the next year.

After finding out that she would be president next year DeLorey “was thinking about doing a backflip because [she] was so excited.”

DeLorey has many things that she is looking forward to in the upcoming year.

“Some of the goals I have for next year are to live up to the reputation our council has throughout the nation because we are a gold council,” says DeLorey. “I’d like to get more members involved, have better attendance at the meetings, and to have better communication between everyone.”

She is also excited to watch underclassmen take on larger leadership positions and grow into the leaders that she knows they are throughout the new school year.

Members of this year’s SGC Executive Board only have positive remarks about DeLorey being elected president.

“Over the past couple of years I’ve seen [DeLorey] grow into a true leader. She’s always so vocal at every meeting and always speaks her mind,” says current SGC Treasurer Jon SooHoo. “The SGC President needs to truly embody school spirit and Katie does just that. Her passion for Student Government Council is unparalleled. Her social skills and ability to adapt and work with others make her invaluable. I know she will do great things and I wish her the best of luck.”

Council Secretary, Devin Gilmore and Council Publicity Coordinator, Chris Catania agree that DeLorey will be a successful president next year.

“Katie is the kind of person everyone looks up to, whether in SGC or not,” says Gilmore, “She has always been a valued member of SGC and her commitment never ends.”

“I strongly believe Katie was the right choice for president elect. She was born to lead, and she’ll take good care of what we’ve left behind,” adds Catania.

Although DeLorey is looking forward to her new position on the council’s “Big Five” she will miss this year’s graduating council members.

“I feel like I’ve grown up with that grade,” she says. “I will miss their help and guidance in student government and all they have done for this council.”

DeLorey will be taking her full position as council president following the Student Government banquet on May 7, 2014.


DeLorey puts on a smiling face after the Spring SEMASC Conference is over

President Elect and SEMASC Committee Chair Katie DeLorey welcoming the South Eastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils to Rockland High for their spring conference


RHS SGC leads region at Spring SEMASC Conference

Meghan Foster, Veritas Staff

Rockland High school had the privilege of hosting their first ever SEMASC (Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils) Spring Conference on April 11. Over 600 students from more than thirty different schools attended this conference.

Sophomore Ryan Sugrue says, “I think this was my favorite SEMASC ever because we hosted it. It was a great opportunity for our council to really show our leadership qualities.”

While students were filing into the auditorium a short dance was performed by Rockland’s executive board and select members who dressed up as characters from popular games. These costumes included squirrels and characters from Mario.

The conference started with opening remarks from RHS Principal Alan Cron, Superintendent of Schools John Retchless, SGC President Jackie Carlson, and SEMASC Chair Katie Delorey.

Cron says, “The way you guys all handled the hundreds of small details was great. You were up and happy and engaged all day… Everyone in the building was so impressed at the fact that there were 600 extra kids in the building and it really was so seamless.”

Following opening remarks, students attended workshops where they learned leadership skills and were able to interact with students from different towns.

Students then went back into the auditorium to listen to election speeches for Delegates, Vice President, Publicity Coordinator and Secretary for the regional SEMASC board. Sophomore Ashley Pezzella, won the spot of one of three delegates for the region.

Pezzella says, “It took a lot of preparation but it was definitely worth it because I have wanted this for so long. It was so amazing to hear my name be called and finally be able to call myself a SEMASC delegate.”

While some students attended a picnic lunch in the gym, others attended a pep rally in which towns were able to show off their best pep rally activities. Rockland High school students taught SEMASC our famous rollercoaster pep rally event.

The conference closed with results of the elections, closing remarks from the old SEMASC Executive Board, and awards.

Overall, students from attending towns were able to bring back new ideas from this conference.

Junior class president Nicole Cook says, “I think that it went really well and everything ran very smoothly. I think everyone had a lot of fun.”


NHS induction right around the corner

RHS SGC plunges for Special Olympics

By Lexie Carchedi

In Hyannis on March 5th, seventeen Rockland High School students and one faculty member plunged into the freezing cold water in support of the Special Olympics. Five other students and one more teacher cheered them on as they braved the water.

As a part of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils leadership conference, students were able to support Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge. Students supported and participated in this event by raising money, cheering, and/or by simply putting one toe in the water.

Senior Jackie Carlson raised money and cheered on her fellow student government council members as they ran into the icy water. She had a great time and would “definitely raise money for the Special Olympics again.”

Some students went above and beyond to support the Special Olympics. Sophomore Caitlin Yannizzi raised more than five hundred dollars. English teacher, Kristen Walsh, freshman Jeffre Donahue, sophomore Lexie Carchedi, juniors Dennis McPeck and Jenna Novio, and senior Molly Garrity fully submerged themselves in the freezing water instead of just going up to their ankles or waists.

Sophomore Johnny Murray found the Polar Plunge to be fun even though it was cold. His only regret was not going all the way under.

Freshman Adam Royle and Donahue were veterans at plunging into the freezing cold water, having plunged previously at Rexhame Beach in Marshfield on New Years Day. However, they enjoyed this one better because they were able to be with a larger group of friends and in a better atmosphere.


First time plunger, senior Brian Leonard would without a doubt participate in another Polar Plunge after finding this one to be “a fun experience.”

Aside from plunging, students were able to participate in other events. People from other schools dressed in creative costumes to take part in the costume contest that took place before the plunge.

Students were also able to take part in pledging to the “Spread The Word To End The Word” campaign. This is a campaign designed to end the use of the r-word in a negative and inferior manor. By pledging, many RHS students became a part of the inclusion revolution.

RHS raised almost one thousand dollars, naming us the third highest fundraisers. In total, all of the schools who participated in the Polar Plunge raised almost ten thousand dollars.

Last Wednesday, students from Rockland participated in the Polar Plunge in order to support a good cause, the Special Olympics. Whether they plunged, raised money, or cheered each other on, they braved the elements to have, like Leonard said, “a fun experience.”

RHS SGC travels to Hyannis for annual MASC conference

By Abby Kinlin 

March 5th, 6th, and 7th, Student Councils from all across Massachusetts came together in Hyannis, like they do every year, to form the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils, also known as MASC. This three day leadership conference helps selected members of student council bring back ideas that would help their schools and town.

Freshman Adam Royle says, “I expected it to be awesome like everyone said.”

Students attended four workshops intended to help them meet new people and bring together ideas from each town and help spread new fundraisers that would benefit other schools. There was also two keynote speakers, John Beede and Billy Cordes. Both men shared their inspirational stories and taught students how to have fun while helping others and reaching your goals.

Senior Jackie Carlson says, “My favorite part is bonding with our council.”There was also a banquet to recognize all the outstanding work individuals and councils have done throughout the year. Sophomore Caitlin Yannizzi raised over five hundred dollars for the first ever MASC Polar Plunge to raise money for the special olympics. Those donations made her the third most successful fundraiser out of all students in attendance.

Yannizzi says, “It felt good to have raised as much money as i did for such a great cause.”

At the end of the three days, students left for their own towns to bring back ideas that will help set goals for their student councils and further better their schools.

Senior Brian Leonard says “It makes me depressed that i’m never going to go to one again.”

RHS Theater Guild honored at the METG Preliminary Round

Saturday, March 1st, select members of the RHS Theater Guild traveled to Joseph Case High School in Swansea to participate in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) preliminary round.

The guild competed against seven other schools from the state with their performance of Almost, Maine. The same play was performed at RHS last spring and was then recast and shortened to approximately thirty-five minutes before being submitted to the METG preliminary round.

The play consisted of four scenes that each featured a different resident of Almost, Maine’s experience with falling in love. Although the guild did not move on to the next round, several awards were given to the guild, including a stage manager’s award and three all-star cast awards. Senior Chris Catania received an award for his performance as Jimmy in the play while juniors Markus Rohwetter and Pearse McNally received awards for their ensemble performance as Chad and Randy.

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