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RHS Students Defeating Staff for Annual Turkey Trot Contest

Jasmin Morse, Vertias Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


From the juniors’ pile of overflowing “Ramen Noodles,” to the overstuffed box belonging to the seniors, and even the freshmen who managed to gain class participation, all RHS grades are crushing the staff in the annual turkey trot charity.

Each year around Thanksgiving RHS’s Student Government Council sets up a donation competition amongst the grades in order to collect canned goods for the Rockland Food Pantry.

New to this year’s competition is a staff box. Now staff have the opportunity to collect cans for the food pantry and compete; unfortunately the faculty are falling short in their can collection.

Running the event, junior Katy Buckley who is the Student Services committee chair notes, “The student participation is the highest it’s been in recent years, although the addition of staff participation could use some work.” Furthermore she encouraged, “There’s still plenty of time to get out there and donate.”

When the event has come to its conclusion the winning class will receive $200 to their class bank account, and if the teachers manage to come out on top, they’ll receive a staff breakfast.

Happy trotting to all, and may the best class (or staff) win!


JNHS and NHS take a trip to Bourne

Rockland High School and Rockland Middle School students braved rainy weather on Saturday morning to travel to Bourne where they placed flags on the graves of veterans at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. photo courtesy of Mrs. Black

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


Despite the rain last Saturday morning, Nov.3, Rockland High School and Rogers Middle School students boarded a bus together in order to place flags on the graves of veterans at the Bourne National Cemetery. Here, at the Junior National Honor Society conducted event, 19 RHS students and 16 RMS students came together in order to honor the lives lost for those who fought for our country. NHS advisor and RHS guidance director and JNHS advisor andmiddle school teacher ,Susan Lonergan organized the trip.

Mrs. Lonergan was very pleased with the students’ hard work honoring the veterans interred in the cemetery. She said, “It was a great day despite the rain. I always appreciate seeing our students being so respectful and taking the time to make a difference in the lives of others.”

The weather cleared up on Saturday in time for Rockland High School and Rockland Middle School students to place flags on the graves of veterans at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. photo courtesy of Mrs. Black

She also explained how much work they did. “There were over 77,000 flags placed on Saturday. Our students placed flags in a section and moved to the next section placing flags until their area was flagged. I would guess our 32 students placed a few hundred flags.”

A group from Rockland High School has been involved in this event for many years, thanks to Mrs. Black who brought the first group of students several years ago. For past years’ stories, click herehere and here.

Powderpuff 2018 Shirts on sale now!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


With the November RHS tradition of the annual Powderpuff game right around the corner, this week until Wednesday, the junior and senior classes are selling their class shirts for $20 each.

This year the game will be played on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Be sure to come out and support the girls!

Spooky Fun at Project Pumpkin 2018

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


On Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. families from Rockland and surrounding towns filed into the Rockland High School lobby to partake in annual RHS Halloween tradition, Project Pumpkin. Here, families paid $3 per child, or $2 if a canned good was donated, in order to trick or treat through the RHS halls, Also available was a venture down the Haunted Hallway, and enjoyable games in the gym.

Running the event was the Student Government Council’s Student Services committee. In charge of the committee is senior Sarah Pollard, a Halloween fanatic, who called the event’s success a team effort stating, “The event went smoothly. There was a great turn-out and I’m thankful for all who volunteered and the families that came.”

On top of the fun and candy, both the SGC and the students involved in the 2019 Guatemala trip held their own bake sales with home baked goods ranging from chocolate chip cookies, whoopie pies, and rolo pretzels.

All in all, both the students and families had a day filled with frightening fun that served to connect Rockland High School to the community.

Photo credits to junior, Arianna Esposito and here is a link to our video shot by sophomore, Alexxys MacDonald.

Pathways Students Participate in Unified Soccer

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


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Rockland and Abington had their annual Unified Soccer game last night, Oct. 10. A good time was had by all!!photo courtesy of Mr. Graziano.

At the Abington Frolio field last night, on Wednesday Oct. 10 Rockland’s Pathways program students participated in a unified soccer game against AHS’s special education program.

The event was planned by RHS Athletic Director, Gary Graziano in coordination with Abington’s athletics.

Here, the athletes from both the pathways program, RHS boys and girls soccer teams came together for a night of fun and fitness.

October, A Frighteningly Busy Month

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


The Class of 2019 will be competing for the roller coaster championship at next week’s Homecoming Pep Rally.

With fall sports in the heat of their seasons, Homecoming events revving into action, and extracurriculars in their prime, October is known to be one of the busiest months on the RHS calendar.

After the initial, semi-regular week, the second week of October is definitely one to note in your calendars. Monday, Oct 8 the school will be closed for Columbus Day. In addition, the following Tuesday will be closed as a professional day for the RHS staff.

Also on Tuesday, Oct. 9 RHS’s Student Government Council will be attending the annual fall Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Student Council (SEMASC) conference where junior Jacob Leahy will be running to be the 2019-2020 SEMASC president.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10 sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT’s in order to help prepare them for the SAT test most seniors have to submit as part of their college admissions applications. As for the freshmen and seniors, they get to come in at 11:25 a.m. after the testing has ended.

In addition, Wednesday is the start of Spirit Week. Wednesday will be dedicated to the decades, students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite decade.

After school Wednesday, the Unified Spirits committee and Rockland athletics partnered to plan a Unified Soccer game against Abington at five in Abington. Be sure to come and support our athletes!

Thursday is going to be Meme Day where everyone can dress up as their favorite meme or vine video.

Teams compete in the tug of war at last year’s pep rally.

Friday, Oct. 12 is one of the most important days here at RHS, Pep Rally and Homecoming Day. Students are encouraged to come to school decked out in their class colors and rep their class pride.

At the end of the school day, students will congregate in the gym for the pep rally where contests will be held, roller coasters will be ridden, and athletes will be recognized. Pep rally is planned in partnership with the athletics and Student Government Council’s Unified Spirit Committee which is led by junior, Lara Glennon.

Later on Friday night, the varsity football team will face Norwell in the Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7pm for the Homecoming Game.

From left: Hannah Murphy, Jaymie Atkins, Macie Jones, Lily Matson and Sydney McKenna. photo by Ryan Mott

At halftime, Miss Rockland nominees will be escorted onto the field where RHS Principal John Harrison will crown the 2018-2019 Miss Rockland. The winner will receive a scholarship and one of the best parking spots in the RMS/RHS parking lot. The nominees for Miss Rockland are Alyssa Antoniewicz, Kate Burke, Caitlin Cameron, Meg Dion, and Jasmin Morse.

The following night, the Homecoming Dance will take place in the RHS gym from 7-10 pm. Tickets are currently on sale at all three lunches for $10. The dance is put on by the Rockland Boosters. Be sure to grab your ticket and your dancing shoes!

Left to right the contestants of Mr. Rockland last year after the show: Ronan McNally, Jake Lauria, Aiden Glennon, Lou Casey, Chris Penney, Joe Lauria, Joey Yeadon and Elias Csubak.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 the Student Government Council’s Finance and Fundraising Committee headed by senior, Jasmin Morse is holding the annual Mr. Rockland pageant for senior boys. The event will be at 7pm in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The Mr. Rockland contestants are Justin Sherlock, Francisco Oliveira, Sean Morrissey, Matt Dalton, Giovan Soares, and John Ellard. The contestants will compete in the categories of attire, lip sync, talent, and a Q&A.

To wrap up the month, the annual Project Pumpkin community event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29. The event is directed by Sarah Pollard and her committee in Student Government Council. Here, the community is encouraged to come to the high school in their costumes and go trick-or-treating through the halls, or venture down the Haunted Hallway, and enjoy fun and games in the gym.

All in all, October is bound to be a busy month and one full of fun, laughter, and memories for all.


Students Walk for Breast Cancer, 2018

Approximately 150 students walked on Sunday, Sept. 30 to support the fight against breast cancer.

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


One of RHS’s favorite community service events, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, took place this past Sunday, Sept. 30 in Boston. This year’s Student Government Council partnered event was run by the Finance and Fundraising committee which is led by junior, Katy Buckley. Several teams including the cross country, girls and boys soccer, and volleyball teams also attended the event.

As is tradition, students gathered together in front of the high school decked out in pink at 6:45 Sunday morning and boarded buses to bring them to the location. Once there participants had the option to walk the one or five mile route that runs along the Charles River.


Once the walk was completed, students were welcome to listen to speakers discussing breast cancer and stories from survivors. They could also take pictures, and shop at the numerous tents selling breast cancer awareness goods.

Student Government Council advisor, Joanne White noted, “The walk went great with beautiful weather and amazing spirit and community camaraderie.” She also said that there were 150 participants and $1456 was raised this week in school for the Breast Cancer Foundation.  This will require Principal Harrison to wear a pink wig which he did on Friday, Oct. 5.  Nice look Mr. Harrison!

Mr. Harrison is true to his word and wore a pink wig all day on Friday, Oct. 5. He had promised to do so if SGC raised over $1,000 for breast cancer. photo by Megan Diver

Once again, all these efforts demonstrated the caring community of RHS students led by the Student Government Council.

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