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SGC Kicks off the Year with Camp

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

8-10-17

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The leaders of SGC take a break for lunch on Weds. August 9, the last day of the Student Government Camp. They include President Hannah Murphy, Vice President Jill Donahue, Publicity Coordinator Francisco Oliviera, Secretary Jaymie Atkins, and Treasurer Macie Jones. Advisor Joanne White is behind them.

This past Monday through Wednesday RHS’s successful Student Government held its annual summer camp. From class meetings, exciting energizers, to Committee Wars many members thought it was another successful start of the year for SGC.

Many plans have already been made for the year to come whether it was for the classes, workshops, to the SGC Committees that were formed this week. The committees included Community Service, Finance and Fundraising, Unified Spirit, and Student Services.

All the work aside, members were able to enjoy themselves in many fun activities. The crowd favorite by far was on the last day when Committee Wars were held. During this activity every committee had to compete in a series of events trying to rack up the most amount of points in hopes to win overall. At the end of the day, after lots of hard work and fun the Community Service Committee won.

SGC Committees:

Unified Spirit Committee (Blue):

Jacob Leahy, Sydney McKenna, Taylor Anzivino, Lara Glennon, Jakob Wells, Keely Naughton, Chris Penney and Greta Russo

Community Service Committee (Red):

Justin Sherlock, Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, John Ellard, Erin Field, Julia Yeadon, Molly Boggs and Brandon Gallagher

Finance and Fundraising (Green):

Tyler Beatrice, Hannah Boben, Aiden Glennon, Marissa Smith, Jon Dorney, Matthew Bruzzese, Maurice Wilson, and McKayla Sugrue

Student Services (Yellow):

Haley Nee, Maddie Gear, Katy Buckley, Zach Peterson, Tyler Gambon, Eric Barber, Kate Burke and Jillian Dorney

 

God’s Children: A Speedball Dynasty

Julian Tarpey, Veritas Staff

6-14-17

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God’s Children and the Quirks at the end of the tournament. courtesy photo

The third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial speedball tournament ended with a blow-out on Saturday, June 10. God’s Children faced off against the Thunder Donkeys in the final game and won 8-2. Thunder Donkeys wore white and God’s Children wore red. The MVP of the tournament was Justin Nugyen of God’s Children.  Even more impressive than the six goal victory margin is the fact that the tournament raised $4,280 for the Jared Lewis Quirk “Good Guy” Memorial Scholarship.  Fifteen teams competed in the three day event.

Justin Nguyen is awarded the MVP trophy. photo by Julian Tarpey

Here’s a link to all the action pictures taken by Julian Tarpey and team photos supplied by Ms. Walsh

Wrapping up the year with Underclassmen Academic Banquet

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-9-17

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Sophomore letter winners

Many people were recognized this past Wednesday at the RHS Hall of Fame Induction and the Underclassmen Awards Banquet. The event took place at Emerald Hall with food being served at 6pm and awards starting around 7:15.

The night began with a few words from RHS principal Dr. John Harrison as well as vice principal Ms. Kathleen Paulding.

Ms. Paulding gave the introductions to the three Hall of Fame Inductees, who then talked a bit about their work and gave advice to the students attending the banquet. The Hall of Fame Inductees include: Robin Paulding McGowan, Class of 1979; Denise Wallace Spriggs, Class of 1979 and Charles Tetzlaff, Class of 1991.

Charles Tetzlaff, Denise Wallace-Spriggs and Robin Paulding McGowan were inducted on June 7 into the Rockland High School Academic Hall of Fame.

Next, Dr. Harrison announced several special awards which were then followed by the academic awards and honor roll mentions. Ms. Paulding, along with Mr. Damon, and individual department heads and teachers, presented the academic achievement awards.

All in all, the evening was filled with fun, friends, and giving recognition well deserved to the students and inductees. Thank you to the Rockland Hall of Fame Committee for making this night possible and all the teachers involved.

Here is a list of all awards given out and the recipients:

 

The Math Team

 Grade 11 – Sarah Lovell, Haley Chase-Crocker, Alexander Domina, Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Rebecca Elliott, Sean Sugrue, Nicholas Walker, Sabrina Sprague, and Zachary Peterson

Grade 10 – Angelina Vong , John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska , and Tyler Beatrice

Grade 9 – Kayleigh Harris

 

National Leadership Award– Jaymie Atkins

The Rensselaer Medal– Sabrina Sprague

9th District Congressional Art Show Honorable Mention– Isabelle Uong

Veritas Journalism Award– Jasmin Morse

Special Achievement Award– Madeline Gear

Outstanding member of the Veritas Award– Erin Kearns

St. Michael’s College Book Award– Lily Matson and  Christopher Penney

 

High Honors All Three Terms This Year:

In Grade 11 – Sabrina Sprague

In Grade 10 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska

In Grade 9 – Melyssa Almeida, Kathryn Buckley, Nicholas Cedrone, Kerin Dalton Tyler Gambon, Madeline Gear, Melanie Harris, Sabrina Morgan, Oliver Reera, Zachary Webb, and Julia Yeadon

 

Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:

Last year, 20 academic letters were awarded to students in the Class of 2018. Congratulations to these students for their continued academic success.

  • Kellie Berry
  • Stephanie Blaney
  • Eden Dalton
  • Alexander Domina
  • Olvia Elie
  • Rebecca Elliot
  • Aiden Glennon
  • Harrison Hunter
  • Margaret Jones
  • Meredith Long
  • Lily Matson
  • Joseph Naughton
  • Danielle O’Brien
  • Harrison O’Brien
  • Matthew O’Brien
  • Christopher Penney
  • Zachary Peterson
  • Jocelyn Reera
  • Sean Sugrue
  • Isabelle Uong

Junior Academic Letter Winners: Jaymie Atkins, Ronan McNally, Jillian Schofield, Sabrina Sprague, and James White

Sophomore Academic Letter Winners: Adiza Alasa, Alyssa Antoniewicz, Tyler Beatrice, Madison Blonde, Caitlin Cameron, Abigail Condon, Kaitlyn Diver, Leah Drago, John Ellard, Katie Houde (HOOD), Kevin Jean-Poix, Matthew Karoutas , Elizabeth Kelley, Nicholas LaBollita, Matthew Macarski, Meaghan McDonough, Matthew McPartlin, Sean Morrissey, Jasmine Morse, Rebecca Mullen, Shannon Murphy, Alexis Nastasia, Nevaeh Nilson, Francisco Oliveira, Sarah Pollard, Michelle Ramoska, Justin Sherlock, Marissa Smith, and Kara Sullivan

Boys State/Girls State– Sean Sugrue, Eden Dalton and Margaret Jones

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award– John Ellard

Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award– Francisco Oliveira

 

THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

ART:

Gr. 9         Bryce Taylor, Jacob Harris

Gr.   10         Sarah Pollard, Kaili Rose Dummott-Hill

Gr.   11         Isabelle Uong

 

COMMUNICATION/DIGITAL MEDIA:

Gr. 9    Lara Glennon

 

ENGLISH:

Gr. 9         Jillian Dorney

 

FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE:

Gr.  9         Hannah Wyllie

Gr.   10         Matthew McPartlin

Gr.   11         Christopher Penney, Brianna Peppino

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

Gr. 9         Orion Carroll

Gr.   10         Peter Kohler, Kaitlyn Diver

Gr.   11         Justin Bowman, Samuel Gray

 

TECHNICAL EDUCATION:

Gr. 9         Noah Coughlin

Gr.   10         Michael Ebersole, Christopher Armstrong

Gr.   11         Ryan Kelley, Zachary Sharland

 

WORLD LANGUAGE/SPANISH:

Gr. 9         Jad Bendarkawi, Kathryn Buckley

Gr.   11         Caitlin McArthur

 

WORLD LANGUAGE/FRENCH:

Gr. 9         Matthew Griffin, Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano

Gr.   10         Elizabeth Kelley, Sean Morrissey

HEALTH

Gr. 9         Destinie Irvin, Adrian Quezada

 

MATHEMATICS:

Gr. 9         Oliver Reera, Sean Belmonte

 

MUSIC:

Gr. 9         Jordan Cunningham, Kerin Dalton

Gr.   10         Mireese Wilson, Bonnie Gasdia

Gr.   11         Ryan Struzziery

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE:

Gr. 9             Elizabeth McGaffigan

 

PRE-ENGINEERING/ROBOTICS:

Gr. 9         Maria Ciano, Caroline Elie

Gr.   11         Jonathan Baar, Aiden Glennon

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE/HISTORY:

Gr. 9         Zachary Webb

Gr.   10         Kevin Jean-Poix

Gr.   11         Harrison O’Brien

 

MULTI-AWARD WINNERS:

Gr. 9  

Madeline Gear          Communication/Digital Media, Physical Education

Tyler Johnson           Science, English, Family Consumer Science

Sabrina Morgan        Social Science/History, Science

 

Gr.   10   

Tyler Beatrice           Mathematics, Science, Pre-Engineering/Robotics

Michelle Ramoska    English, Mathematics,Spanish

George Selados III Pre-Engineering/Robotics, Science

Caitlin Cameron       Social Science/History, Family Consumer Science

Adiza Alasa             English, Spanish

 

Gr.   11

Eden Dalton         Art, English, Music, Social Science/History

Sabrina Sprague       Mathematics, Science

Sean Sugrue             English, Mathematics

Joseph Naughton     Science,Spanish

 

OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS:

Grade   9   Tyler Gambon

Grade    10   John Ellard

Grade 11   Ronan McNally

 

The following is a link to all the pictures of the inductees and the student award recipients.

Time to Vote for your 2017-2018 SGC Big Five!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-6-17

SGC Big 5 and Advisors

Last year’s Big FIve with the SGC Advisors. From left seniors, Julia DiCienzo, Shannon Lindahl, Noelle Atkins, Adam Royle and Taylor Gallagher led the SGC this year. Joanne White and Amanda Lanigan are SGC advisors. Maddie Gear photo

Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 in the RHS cafeteria, all SGC members and all who want to get involved in Rockland’s Student Government will have the opportunity to vote on the upcoming year’s Big Five positions.

Each candidate for each position will have to give a speech in hopes to receive your vote. Once all the speeches are done, all who attend will get to vote for each student they see fit for each position.

 

This year running for Big Five positions are:

 

President:

  • Pre-Determined to be Hannah Murphy

Vice President:

  •  Jill Donahue
  •  Chris Penney

Treasurer:

  • Jasmin Morse
  • Macie Jones
  • Sydney McKenna

Secretary:

  • Caitlin Cameron
  • Jaymie Atkins

Publicity Coordinator: This position is a write in and will not be voted on but determined by the advisors and President

  • Francisco Oliveira
  • Sydney McKenna

 

Class of 2017 Graduation

photo by Austin Wood

 

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-5-17

On last Friday, June 2, at 7 pm at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium, the Class of 2017 took their final walks across the field to grab their diplomas and throw their caps in their final step to completing their high school education.The rain held off long enough for one of the last groups born in the 1900s to graduate.

The senior gift presented by 2017 Vice President, Colleen McCarthy was passed down to the junior class President, Hannah Boben. It was a bronze bulldog, a symbol of RHS representing each graduating class.

During the ceremony, the RHS Band played “German Dance” by, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and the Recessional “Pomp and Circumstance”.

At the graduation, there were several speakers who spoke about “Bulldog Pride”, how the graduating class can make a change in the world, and the changing world they’re being sent off to.

These included 2016-2017 Class President, Kaylee Patten, Valedictorian, Luana Lima, freshman biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio, and RPS Superintendent, Dr. Allan Cron.

Principal Dr. John Harrison announced the Rockland Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation Award winners, and prior to the presentation of diplomas, School Committee Vice Chairman, Richard Phelps said a few words about Bulldog Pride.

While Dr. Harrison called the graduates’ names and spoke about their plans, Mr. Phelps, Vice Principal of RHS,  Kathleen Paulding, Guidance Director Margaret Black, and Senior Class Advisor, Samantha Hoyo presented the seniors with their diplomas and handshakes.

The following links will take you to our photo galleries: Pre-Graduation and the Graduation Ceremony.

 

Class of 2017 take part in Senior Issues

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

5-31-17

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Rockland Fire Department Lt. John Sammon and senior, Ali Sammon

As the RHS Class of 2017 approaches graduation, they took part in Senior Issues on May 25 and 26. This year marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Rockland High’s Senior Issues.

RHS nurse, Kathi Ryan organized the events by splitting up the senior class into eight groups over the two days of events.

On Thursday groups 1-4 reported to the gymnasium for a presentation on College Fire & Life Safety, a presentation Lt. Scott Margolis started for the Class of 2014. It covers general fire safety behavior, distracted driving, overcrowding at clubs, theaters and more.

Afterwards they completed the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver CPR & AED course where all 144 graduating seniors are certified. Volunteers assisting with the CPR course were Tammy Ryan R.N. from South Shore VNA, Barbara Leary R.N. from Linden Ponds in Hingham, Pat Stone R.N.,  Lt. John Sammon from Rockland Fire and Firefighter-Paramedic Tim Royer from Hanson Fire.

While groups 1-4 were doing that, groups 5-8 rotated among 4 presentations; “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” by Harbor One Bank, a Skin Cancer/Melanoma presentation where students had an opportunity to go under a UV light to check for damaged skin, a yoga class, and an open discussion with Rockland Police and Rockland CARES. On Friday the groups swapped presentations.

 Public Fire & Life Safety Educator, Lt. Scott Margolis from the Rockland Fire department commented on this year’s Senior Issues, “Overall the 2 days went very well; all of the volunteers reported that the students took the presentations seriously and presented themselves very well.”

Farewell to the Class of 2017

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

5-23-17

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Senior class of 2016-2017 attending their final pep rally at their time in high school photo by Maddie Gear

After spending many years roaming through the halls of RHS, the Class of 2017’s time here is coming to a close. Today, May 23, is the bittersweet last day of classes for this year’s seniors and they’re feeling some mixed emotions about having to leave the place they have spent most of their life. Although it is sad that it has come to a close, the seniors have an exciting, fun week ahead.

Seniors’ Schedules:

Wednesday, May 24: Seniors who need to take finals will come to school. Students who have a combined total of 5 or fewer absences or tardies (of any kind) in each class between the dates of April 7th and May 23rd AND are in good standing with the main office may be exempt from taking final exams.

Thursday, May 25: Seniors are required to attend Senior Issues from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. They will also have the opportunity to clean out their lockers. All senior obligations are required to be completed by Thursday as well (Detention hours, community service, book balances, food service balances, library book balances, etc.).

Friday, May 26: Senior Issues will be continuing from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The senior BBQ will be put on at 11:30 a.m. (moved to Tuesday, May 30 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 30: Graduation rehearsal will be at 9 a.m. and caps and gowns will be distributed. All grades for all seniors are also due on this date.  Senior Cook-out 11 a.m. (moved from Friday, May 26)

Wednesday, May 31: A yearbook signing breakfast will take place in the RHS cafeteria at 8 a.m. Then at 9 a.m. seniors wearing their caps and gowns will parade through the Rockland elementary schools and middle school.

Thursday, June 1: The RHS academic and athletic banquet will take place with a student dinner at 6 p.m.  in the cafeteria. Students and parents are then encouraged to attend the awards ceremony in the auditorium. (Proper dress required).

Friday, June 2: The final graduation rehearsal will take place for seniors at 9 a.m. Then later in the evening graduation will commence at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Seniors are required to report for lineup in the gym at 6 p.m. (Proper dress required)

Saturday, June 3: Rain date for graduation is at 11 a.m.

Post it notes adorn the windows for seniors’ last day of regular classes. Photo by Jasmin Morse

 

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