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Seniors Celebrate Last Day of Classes

Veritas Staff

On Wednesday, May 25, the Class of 2016 celebrated their final day of classes.


Class of 2016 dresses in red, white, and blue as part of Senior Week

Liz Knobel, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Sam Aylward, Kylie Keefe, & Carly Reardon

Liz Knobel, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Sam Aylward, Kylie Keefe, & Carly Reardon

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Tuesday, May 24, the senior class continued their week of school spirit with a red, white, and blue dress up day. The halls of RHS were filled with American pride and excitement for seniors’ final day of classes tomorrow, May 24.

RHS Seniors Represent Future Colleges and Universities

Ryan Sugrue (Boston College), Kate Dorney (UMass Lowell), Jenna O'Connor (Nichols College), & Jared Ochenduszco (Worchester State)

Ryan Sugrue (Boston College), Kate Dorney (UMass Lowell), Jenna O’Connor (Nichols College), & Jared Ochenduszko (Worchester State)

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor 

On Monday, May 23, the Class of 2016 decided to kick off their last week of high school by representing their future colleges, universities, and future plans via their t-shirts.

NHS to Sponsor Voter Registration Drive



Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor 

Hectic teen schedules and lack of information can no longer be reasons for RHS students to skip registering to vote, thanks to NHS.

On May 16th and May 17th, the Rockland High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be sponsoring a voter registration drive in the high school cafeteria during all three lunches.

During this drive students who are Massachusetts residents may register to vote and students aged 16 and 17 will be able to pre-register to vote before they turn 18. Students will need either their license number or the last four digits of their social security number in order to register.

As the flyer emailed to students about the drive says, “Your vote is power, don’t let it go to waste.”

Seniors Travel to Italy for Grand Tour


Students pose in Florence for a group photo. Photo courtesy of Kristen Walsh.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor 


On April 14th, 19 Rockland High School Seniors and three RHS faculty members ventured off on a ten-day grand tour of Italy.

The group first landed in Milan where they met their tour guide Pablo. From Milan, the group traveled by bus to their first destination, Verona, the home of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Students and teachers visited what is said to be Juliet’s balcony and posed with the famous statue of her in the same courtyard. This day trip served as a great start to a wonderful trip.

The next day, RHS’s travelers took a boat to the famous city of Venice. There they started their day with a walking tour where they were taken into historical buildings, such as Doge’s Palace, with beautiful architecture and paintings inside. The students went on gondola rides, another great way for them to take in the beautiful scenery, and spent the remainder of the day sampling food and shopping in the heart of the city.

The next two days of the trip were spent in Florence. There, students and teachers participated in various activities.

A large number of students chose to spend their day climbing one of Florence’s most famous landmarks and one of its highest views, the Duomo di Firenze (Cathedral of Florence). Climbing over 400 stairs, students were able to take in one of the most incredible views of the entire trip.


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After their time spent in Florence, the group was off to Assisi for another adventure. They explored the area and students and their chaperones visited the famous Basilica of Saint Francis.

Following Assisi, RHS’s travelers were off to Pompeii where they were able to visit the famous ruins, shop, and have lunch. The same day students were able to explore the Sorrento region of Italy, some trying its famous lemon gelato.

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After the Sorrento region, it was on to the beautiful island of Capri. With its bright blue water and incredible mountains, the island was a sight to see. There, many students chose to take a ski-lift type ride up one of the island’s large mountains. At the top, they stopped to take in the scenery and pose for photos.


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The trip concluded with a day spent in Rome. Trip members toured the Vatican and ended their trip at the Trevi Fountain, a symbol of Italy and Rome. It is said that if a coin is thrown into the fountain over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome again in your lifetime. Students captured this moment with many photos.

Overall, the trip to Italy was an unforgettable experience for all those who attended.

Atkins Voted New Student Council President

RHS SGC's Big 5 pose together at the April SGC meeting. From left to right: Vice President Caitlin Yannizzi, Publicity Coordinator Adam Royle, President Haley Macray, Treasurer Ryan Sugrue, and Secretary/President-Elect Noelle Atkins

RHS SGC’s Big 5 pose together at the April SGC meeting. From left to right: Vice President Caitlin Yannizzi, Publicity Coordinator Adam Royle, President Haley Macray, Treasurer Ryan Sugrue, and Secretary/President-Elect Noelle Atkins

Veritas Staff

On Tuesday, April 5, the Rockland High School Student Government Council elected its president for the 2016-2017 school year. Current RHS junior, Noelle Atkins was selected for the position by her fellow council members.

Atkins, presently secretary of RHS SGC and current RHS SGC Publicity Coordinator Adam Royle were both nominated for the position of council president.

“Noelle and Adam are incredible individuals. I am so very proud of all that they have accomplished this year. Seeing them grow and become more mature and experienced leaders over the course of the time that I have known them has been a wonderful experience.” says current RHS SGC President Haley Macray, “Noelle and Adam will be amazing resources for this council next year and I know that they will accomplish so many things. They were both extremely qualified candidates for this position and they will make RHS very proud as they enter their senior year.”

Atkins will assume the position of council president on May 4, at the annual RHS SGC Awards Banquet when Macray passes her the RHS SGC gavel. The remaining council officer positions will be determined at the first RHS SGC meeting of the 2016-2017 school year in June.

Students Represent RHS at MASC Spring Conference


Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

HYANNIS, MA – From Wednesday, March 9 to Friday, March 11, seventeen Rockland High School students of all ages attended the annual Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (MASC) spring conference. Their days were filled with leadership training workshops, roundtables, activities, and more.

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Members of RHS SGC before the annual MASC Polar Plunge

Please check out a summary article of the week’s events as well as a senior’s take on four years of attending the conference in the April print edition of The Veritas.

Follow this link to the MASC Photo Gallery

Photos by Haley Macray and other MASC Delegates.

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