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Members of the senior class have begun working on creating a senior class picture slideshow to be shown to our graduates during senior week. The video will also be available for viewing online at a later date.
They are asking seniors and parents/guardians to send along any pictures from the class to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org . They are looking for any pictures from the following time periods:
Elementary School Pictures
Middle School Pictures
High School Pictures
In addition, they are trying to make sure they cover all of the sport teams, clubs, fine and performing art events, and all of the seniors highlights over the course of the graduate’s time in the Rockland school system. Their goal is to make sure all students are represented and as many events as possible are highlighted. They do need your help to make this goal possible!
The deadline to submit photos is April 15th.
Sophie McLellan, Co-Editor-in-Chief
The RHS Shakespeare Festival took place March 24th and 25th in the cafeteria, and was a complete and total success. Several groups of students came together, under the individual direction of each of the English department’s teachers, and gave the audience a night filled with wonderful performances of Shakespeare’s works.
With classics like Romeo and Juliet, the cast portrayed a beautiful story of love and rivalry while the ensemble of Hamlet depicted the tale of a man gone mad. The cast of Macbeth brought forward a story of murder and madness, while the actors of A Midsummer Night’s Dream had the entire audience rolling in the aisles. From the talented actors to the brilliant sonneteers, the entire night was filled with beautiful words and exciting stories. With the roles of the King and Queen played by Mr. Graziano and Mrs. Patton and humorous anecdotes provided by the jester, Mr. Finn, the night was filled with joy and a delicious stew made by the King himself.
Everyone was pleased with how the night went and many left with a new love of Shakespeare.
“I have a newfound appreciation for Shakespeare,” says senior Shandi Austin, who played the role of Macbeth, ”I never thought I’d ever be in any play done by Shakespeare, and I’m so glad I decided to audition.”
The entire Shakespeare Festival was co-ordinated by Ms. Walsh, and the English Department, and was funded in part by the Rockland/Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Link to pictures from each performance.
Link to cast and group photos.
Sean Vo, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
This past Friday and Saturday, March 24 and March 25, seniors Lauren Zaremba, Sean Vo and junior Erin Field went to Durfee High School in Fall River to represent the Rockland Music Department at the Senior SEMSBA (Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association) Music Festival. Zaremba performed as part of concert band on tenor saxophone, while Field and Vo performed as part of the choir, soprano and tenor respectively.
While rehearsing with the choir conductor, Field and Vo learned a new and valuable lesson: to have your “heart on fire, mind on ice,” which was exactly quoted from the conductor Mr. Jeremy Young. The wise and final words of Mr. Young before the choir headed out to perform inspired each and every member. All in all, SEMSBA reminded seniors of the friendships they made through music and through festivals such as this one.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
This Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, come join RHS students and staff and enjoy all their hard work and preparation for the Shakespeare Festival.
For both nights doors will open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7 pm.
On Friday, tickets are being sold for $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Light refreshments will be served along with the show.
On Saturday, tickets are being sold a little more pricey at $12 in advance and $15 at the door. This is because a dinner feast will be served during the show.
Come this weekend to enjoy a night of wonderful Shakespeare presented by the talented students and staff of the Rockland High School.
Tickets will be sold in advance at school lunches, and as well by emailing Kristen Walsh at email@example.com.
The Shakespeare Festival is supported by the Rockland/Massachusetts Cultural Council!
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On Saturday, March 18, 2017 Rockland High School’s cheer team beat out the top eighteen cheerleading teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts In Providence, RI. making RHS Cheer Division 4 New England Regional Champs!
Coach Jeanine Reale Reardon congratulated her team by stating after the victory Saturday night, “We had an unforgettable season and I am so proud of ROCKLAND High School cheer.”
Because of Saturday night’s victory, on April 11 at the Red Sox’s Champions Night game, the thirteen Rockland girls will have the opportunity to be honored on the field. Reardon said, “The opportunity to go on the field and be recognized before a major league game is a once in a life time chance! We can’t thank you enough Peter Tolan.” Mr. Tolan, who works at Fenway, was a key figure in having the team included at the Champions Night event.
Over the past 10 seasons under Coach Reardon the RHSVC athletes have earned 6 South Shore League titles, 7 Regional Titles, 7 State Titles, 2 New England Titles, & a National Title, not to mention the dozens of Invitational 1st placements, making cheer one of Rockland’s most successful athletic teams.
Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor
Thursday night, March 16th, the RHS Music Department hosted its annual Broadway Night event. Each year, the department chooses two musicals, with students being able to choose selections from the two musicals. This year, Broadway Night was reinvented and became more of a cabaret style event, where students could choose a song from any Broadway musical.
At 7:00 pm, the band opened Act I of the show with “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. After that, the first singer to perform was freshman Julia Yeadon with “Distant Melody” from Peter Pan.
After Act I closed with “Come Up to My Place” from On the Town, performed by juniors Erin Field and Devin Gallagher, Act II opened with the RHS Chorus where they performed “Seize The Day” from the musical Newsies.
This year, Broadway Night had a variety of musical numbers ranging from classic Broadway musicals such as previously mentioned On The Town to new musicals such as Hamilton. With the two-show cap lifted, students felt as if they really had the chance to showcase their true talent this year.
Act II closed with “Little Shop of Horrors” from the musical of the same name, which marked the end of an overall successful night.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Monday, March 13 marked the beginning of a week dedicated to helping promote a positive environment in Rockland High School. A committee of members of the Student Goverrnment Council have been hard a work planning events and promotions for Special Education’s, “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign along with overall positivity.
To kick off the week, members of the RHS basketball teams teamed up with Special Education students to create a Rockland Unified Basketball team. On Monday night, they competed against Abington’s unified team and after a well played game Rockland took home the win.
For everyday of the week as well students are encouraged to wear colors coordinated to the weekday to loosely represent the rainbow.
Also, in the cafeteria there is an array of colorful Post-It notes with different positive messages available for students and staff to take or make and give to others, or to take for themselves to promote positivity.
On Friday, “Spread the Word to End the Word” Day is planned to raise awareness to end the misuse of the highly offense term, “retarded.” In the cafeteria, the word will will be painted on a large sign, and during the lunches students and staff are encouraged to go up where paint will be available to put on their hands to make hand prints to cover up the word. There will also be another poster students and staff will have the opportunity to sign up and pledge to help raise awareness of the misuse of the term.