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SGC Banquet Wraps Up the Year

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


With the Class of 2018 graduation right around the corner, Student Government Council held its final meeting of the 2017-2018 year last Wednesday May 9 in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall.

Before the meeting, members brought in baked goods and snacks to munch on while socializing and reminiscing about the year the club had. Once everyone finished up, members met family and friends in the Lecture Hall to watch a video summing up the events and meetings from the past year.

After that, awards were given out (listed below) to those who showed excellent participation and truly stood out in the eyes of the advisers, Joanne White and Jill Delaney along with SGC leaders, Big 5.

Once awards ended speeches were given by the SGC Executive Board. The E-Board includes the class presidents, class head representatives, SGC historian, SEMASC representative, committee chairs, and Big 5.

At the close of the evening, 2017-2018 President, senior Hannah Murphy passed on her presidential duties to junior Caitlin Cameron who was elected at the previous meeting. Through the passing of the gavel, SGC initiated the beginning of the 2018-2019 SGC year.

Most Outstanding Awards

Freshman: Lauren Dracchio

Sophomore: Kaitlin Buckley

Junior: Jasmin Morse

Senior: Hannah Boben

Most Spirited:

Junior, John Ellard


Sophomore, Jacob Leahy

The MASC Award:

Sophomore, Lara Glennon

Unsung Hero Award:

Junior, Sarah Pollard

Go To Guy Awards

Unified Spirit: Sophomore, Taylor Anzivino

Finance and Fundraising: Junior, Marissa Smith

Community Service: President-Elect and Junior, Caitlin Cameron

Student Services: Sophomore, Haley Nee

“Where Do I Begin?” Award:

Vice President and Senior, Jillian Donahue

Most Trustworthy Award:

Treasurer and Senior, Macie Jones

The Humanitarian Award:

President and Senior, Hannah Murphy

The Take One For the Team Award:

Francisco Oliveira

The Awkward Award:

Jaymie Atkins


RHS 2018 Junior-Senior Prom

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


king and queen juniors

Junior Prom King and Queen: Justin Sherlock and Larissa DaSilva

king and queen 2018

Senior Prom Queen and King: Izzy Uong and Kevin Fennell

junior prom court 2018

Junior Court: Caitlin Cameron, Kaitlin Diver, Larissa DaSilva, Justin Sherlock, Lexi Nastasia, Nicole Blonde, and Alyssa Antoniewicz

senior prom court 2018

Senior Court: Meredith Long, Mia Celestino, Sydney McKenna, Kevin Fennell, Izzy Uong, Brianna Peppino, and Natalie Dracchio.

Tuxedos and gowns, corsages and boutonnieres, this could only mean one thing: RHS Prom. Within the end of the 2017-2018 school coming insight, RHS held its third annual Junior/Senior Prom .

This year, the prom was held on Friday, May 11 at the Venezia, in Dorchester. DJ Drew Panico was in change of the music. For food options, students and chaperones were able to pick and choose what they wanted from a variety of food stations including a taco station, pizza station, and a finger food station.

The event was paid, conducted, and managed by the senior classes and their advisors. Each of the classes contributed to the payment and planning of the event.

The junior class was led by the junior class advisor and RHS English teacher, Kristen Walsh. Along with Walsh, the Class of 2019 officers included: President, John Ellard, Vice President, Jasmin Morse, Treasurer Justin Sherlock, and Secretary, Madison Blonde. With the seniors mainly in charge, RPS Science Department Head and senior class advisor, Samantha Hoyo worked alongside the graduating class’ officers including: President, Zach Peterson, Vice President, Jill Donahue, Treasurer, Macie Jones, and Secretary, Isabelle Uong.

All in all, each of the classes and their leaders cooperated together to make this year’s prom one to remember. Each class conducted many fundraisers, whether it be restaurant nights or selling goods, each class did its part to contribute to the payment and planning. The class officers were also in charge of asking for chaperones, which included junior class advisor Kristen Walsh, senior class advisor, Samantha Hoyo, RHS Principal John Harrison, RHS Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding, Richard MacAllister, Kendra Donovan, Diane Mahoney, Joanne White, and Kathy Hoffman.

At the end of the night, the 2018 Prom Court was announced with the Junior Prom King being, Justin Sherlock and Prom Queen as, Larissa DaSilva. With the Junior class court being: Kaitlyn Diver, Lexi Nastasia, Nicole Blonde, Caitlin Cameron, and Alyssa Antoniewicz. The graduating class of 2018’s Prom King was Kevin Fennell and the Prom Queen was Izzy Uong. Alongside, the senior court included: Brianna Peppinno, Natalie Draicchio, Sydney McKenna, Merry Long, and Mia Celestino.

With that, everyone involved was satisfied with the turnout with around 250 attendees, each having a ball at this year’s prom!

Seniors Take Their Final Bows

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief


The end of the year is in sight, and for the seniors in the Music Dept., so are their performances at RHS. Seniors Ryan Mott, Ryan Struzziery, Erin Field, Stephanie Blaney, Madison Parlee, Jocelyn Reera, Max Sheppard, Seth Rosczewski, and Rebekah Panaro took their final bow after Saturday’s matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz.

The musical was performed Friday night and Saturday afternoon in the RMS/RHS auditorium starring the four seniors mentioned above as well as freshman, Emily Gabiorault as Dorothy.

Mott played the Cowardly Lion, Struzziery was the Scarecrow, Panaro was the Tin Man, and Reera was part of the ensembles. Blaney was the head of choreography and Parlee was in charge of stage management. Sheppard coordinated audio and Rosczewski handled lighting in the booth.

All in all, the musical had outstanding vocals, extravagant costumes, and spectacular acting that the cast, staff, and the large audiences will never forget.


RHS Lax Gives Back to Town

Matt Dalton, Veritas Staff


two on a truck

Peter Coleman and Will Breadmore

Mother Nature has really been spoiling us on the South Shore recently and this weekend was no exception. With the beautiful weather here could anyone think of anything better to do than participate in the Rockland Town Clean Up? The Rockland Boys Lacrosse team certainly didn’t think so, because early Saturday morning they participated in this town event.

The boys lacrosse team participated in the annual Rockland Clean-up Day

Almost two dozen RHS lacrosse players grabbed their trash bags and went up and down the streets of Rockland finding any and all the wrappers, bottles, cans, etc. they could to better maintain the beauty of our town. This is the team’s way of giving back to the town that has been supporting and cheering them on for so long.

The whole event was a massive success that really made a difference around the streets of Rockland. The lacrosse team joined together with close to 100 volunteers to clean up the Rockland Rail Trail, Union Street, the Town Forest, Market Street, Center Avenue and other areas in town.   The event yielded approximately 200 bags of trash and recycling, two truckloads of large items, and eight Christmas trees. 

The day was topped off with a cookout held outside of the town hall that gave everyone a little reward for their hard work in the form of burgers and dogs.

RHS lacrosse coach, and Highway Dept. Superintendent, David Taylor explained, “The kids put this together themselves and I am proud of them.”

The day showed all of Rockland that RHS athletes really take pride in their town and are grateful for the many supporters that call Rockland home.

lacrosse team clean up

The boys lacrosse team took part in Rockland’s annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 28.

The Clean Up was sponsored by the Town of Rockland Park Department, REiMAGINE ROCKLAND, and the Open Space Committee.  Home Depot and Stop & Shop both offered corporate sponsorships.  Home Depot provided supplies and staff members to assist the effort.  Stop & Shop donated food for the volunteer barbecue that took place after the clean-up was completed on the Town Hall front plaza. The Rockland Lions generously donated their time to cook the food for the barbecue to thank volunteers.

SGC Elects New Leader, Caitlin Cameron

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


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2018-2019 SGC President, Caitlin Cameron (second on left) posed with her committee at the annual Christmas meeting.

Every month, Rockland’s Student Government Council holds a monthly meeting. Last night during the April meeting, SGC voted in the 2018-2019 council president.

After the two junior candidates, Francisco Oliveira and Caitlin Cameron gave their speeches, the council voted on who they saw best fit to lead the council. In the end, current SGC President, Hannah Murphy handed the gavel over to Caitlin Cameron.

Cameron has been heavily involved in SGC since freshman year, managing the Class of 2019 Twitter account and holding the Class Head Representative position throughout this year. She is also an avid participant within her council, the Community Service Committee. She concluded the meeting by stating she feels great and “is ready to take on all the responsibilities.”

RHS Raising Bucks With Bieber

SGC members, Francisco Oliviera, Marissa Smith and a partially concealed Bieber “hater” are collecting money for the Walk for Hunger.

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


Throughout this week, RHS is raising money for the Walk For Hunger that’ll take place May 6, 2018.

To raise money, Rockland’s Student Government Council is raising money by playing Justin Bieber’s hit, “Baby” during passing periods. Students and staff can then pay money during the three lunch periods in order to get the song shut off.

SGC’s goal is to raise $100 for the 50th annual walk on the Boston Common that all students can attend. Transportation to the event will not be provided, yet the T will be free on this day.

RHS Trains Students With ALICE

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


In response to national school shootings that are occurring shockingly frequently, RHS participated in a school-wide ALICE training and drill this week in order to prepare students for a worst case scenario.

ALICE training empowers students to barricade the classroom or flee, if possible, in case of a school shooter situation. On Tuesday, students were informed and shown videos of  drills and procedures on how to best handle the situation.

Today, students participated in two drills with a “shooter”  in two different locations to make students aware of their best options, given the classroom they were in at the time, and to show students and staff what to do in the scenarios.

The drills went smoothly and as expected. Students and staff were able to exit the building if the situation called for it, and properly barricaded their classroom if that were the step that was decided to be necessary.

This past summer, RHS faculty were trained and participated in drills in order to properly instruct students on how to go through ALICE procedures,

By doing so, RHS administration and staff hope to make the school a safer, and students more aware and prepared in case of an emergency.


A: Alert authority and peers

L: Lock down and barricade classrooms

C: Counter shooter

E: Evacuate if safe and possible

Follow this link to see the training video shown to RHS students on Tuesday.

Follow this link to read Matt Dalton’s article on the topic of School Safety that appeared in the April 12 issue of the Veritas.

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