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Sock it to us!


The RHS Student Government Council is currently holding a Sock Drive. Bring in a pair of new socks to the cafeteria to help out the less fortunate in our community. The deadline is Thursday, April 17.

With your contribution you can help the non-profit organization, Skate for Change, make a difference. Skate for Change is an organization created by Mike Smith, a professional  skateboarder, who wished to help the low-income and homeless in the community.

All socks will be donated to Rosie’s Place and the Pine Street Inn.

Help us reach our goal of collecting 500 pairs of socks. Every act of kindness no matter how small can change the world.

Senioritis hits RHS

With the coming of spring tomorrow, we thought it would be a good idea for students and teachers to explain what senioritis is.  The following video was produced by students in Journalism, Haley Reardon, Bob Gasdia, Alex Peppino, Sam DeMarco and Harrison Shields and videographer Jenna O’Connor from the Digital Media class.

Theater Guild to compete in Festival tomorrow

Sandrine meets her old boyfriend at the bar on the night of her bachelorette party.

Leah DeCecco, shown here in last year’s Almost Maine production, will once again perform in the scene, “Sad and Glad.” photo by Georgia Panagiotidis

By Georgia Panagiotidis, Veritas Managing Editor

The Rockland High School Theater Guild will be setting up stage for the High School Festival Preliminaries at Joseph Case High School in Swansea on March 1, 2014  at 5:30 pm.

Last year the RHS Theater Guild entered the competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild for the first time since the 90’s with the play “Lets Get Angsty” which was written and directed by former RHS student Joe Palana.

With the experience of last year the RHS Theater Guild hopes to push past the perliminaries phase and go onto the Semi-Final Round which would take place on March 15th. Mrs. Armstrong, RHS Theater Guild advisor explained the value of last year’s experience. “We learned a bunch and are better off this year,” she said.

There will be 112 schools competing in fourteen different locations throughout the state.  In Swansea Rockland will be competing against Acton-Boxborough, Hingham, Joseph Case and four other schools. Mrs. Armstrong said, “Joseph Case was amazing last year. We are looking forward to seeing their performance.”

Mrs. Armstrong  explained that this year RHS will be performing four scenes from  Almost Maine, one of last year’s Theater Guild productions. She said, “I am hoping to do well, but the point is to learn and have fun.” She also explained that she hopes the students will take away a sense of camaraderie, the skills of teamwork, and self pride” because the scenes are completely student driven.

The scenes will include: “Sad and Glad,” directed by Pearse McNally with Chris Catania, Ella Engle and Leah DeCecco; “This Hurts,” directed by Chris Catania with Sean Vo and Jace Williams; “They Fell” directed by PJ Butler with Pearse McNally and Markus Rohwetter  and “Story of Hope,” directed by Nicole Cook with PJ Butler and Lauren Illes.

Tickets  will be available at the door of Joseph Case High School in Swansea for $10. Break a leg!

For more information you can go to the Mass Festival website at

Kyra Rose and Matt Nicholson named Players of the Year in South Shore League

At the recent basketball all-star meetings, the coaches of the girls and boys basketball teams in the South Shore League chose two Rockland High School players as Players of the Year! Congratulations to Kyra Rose and to Matt Nicholson.

Coach Mitchell said Kyra’s accomplishment is awesome. She explained, “The girls team hasn’t had a player of the year since 2000 and the fact that she’s a sophomore shows great potential.”

Both Matt and Kyra will be leading their teams into the Division 3 South tournaments starting tonight with the boys and tomorrow with the girls at home. Both games begin at 6:30.

Basketball players, Kyra Rose and Matt Nicholson were selected as Players of the Year in the South Shore League.

Basketball players, Kyra Rose and Matt Nicholson were selected as Players of the Year in the South Shore League.

Art Students find Keys to Success

Poetry Out Loud on January 29

Last year's Poetry Out Loud Contest: Chris Carchedi, Mrs. Amy Woodward, Pearse McNally, P. J. Butler, Joseph Palana, Lilly Margolis

Last year’s Poetry Out Loud Contest: Chris Carchedi, Mrs. Amy Woodward, Pearse McNally, P. J. Butler, Joseph Palana, Lilly Margolis and Miss Cahill. McNally and Butler will compete again this year along with eight others!

On Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00 in the RHS/RMS Lecture Hall ten students from the high school with be taking part in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition. The following  10 students are reciting the listed poems.

1. Sean Vo: “Falling: the Code” by Li-Young Lee, “Follow thy Fair Sun” by Thomas Campion

2. Vivian Nguyen: “Self-Portrait” by Robert Creeley, “When You Are Old” by Robert Butler Yeats

3. Victoria Pratt: “Early Affection” by George Moses Horton, “The Bad Old Days” by Kenneth Rexroth

4. Danielle Hill: “On Monsieur’s Departure” by Queen Elizabeth I, “The Enigma” by Anne Stevens

5. Pearse McNally: “The Lost Land” by Eavan Boland, “Life in Love” by Robert Browning

6.  Molly Garrity: “Poem about People” by Robert Pinsky, “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats

7. Hannah Millen: “Barter” by Sarah Teasdale, “Silence” by Thomas Hood

8. PJ Butler: “I am offering this poem” by Jimmy Santiago Baca, “Insomnia” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

9. Alyssa Collins: “After working sixty hours again for what reason” by Bob Hicok, “In a London Drawingroom” by George Eliot

 10. Marina McCauley: “The Rose” by Jean Valentine, “Dirge in Woods” by George Meredith

The winner of the contest will go on to the regional contest and compete against winners from other high schools.  According to Mrs. Woodward, director of Rockland’s competition, this is the ninth year that the competition has been held. Judging by the high number of contestants this year, it has grown in popularity each year.  Eight students competed last year and Chris Carchedi won the RHS competition. His performance at the regionals  in South Yarmouth  allowed him to advance in the State finals in Boston. This put RHS back in the finals for the first time since 2010.

Come to the lecture hall on the 29th to see who will follow in his footsteps!

Girls’ basketball team looks to get into win column this week

The girls’ basketball teams opened up their seasons Friday night, Dec. 13  vs. Hanover.  The girls played well against a strong and experienced Hanover team but came up with a loss 56-42.

The girls’ next games will be this week on Tuesday at Monomoy and Friday at home against Hull. They expect to pick up where they left off last season when they went on a winning streak that led to a spot in the state tournament.

The girls are led by senior returning starters, Ally Cerrato and sophomore Kyra Rose.  Rounding out the starting line-up are Kallie Morss, Kiera Tobin-Rosman and Lauren Farrell.

Learn more about the girls’ team in the next print issue of the Veritas due out on Dec. 18.

Kyra Rose, Ally Cerrato and Coach Mitchell are looking forward to playing rival Hanover High School tonight!

Kyra Rose, Ally Cerrato and Coach Mitchell are looking forward to playing rival Hanover High School tonight!


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