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MCAS Man on the Street

The following video was produced by Veritas Web Editor Jasmin Morse, and Veritas staff members, Jake Lauria and Austin Woods.

Take a look and see what people think about the MCAS. Sophomores are in the middle of taking their Language Arts MCAS tests this week.

Shakespeare at Rockland High School

The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company on stage at Rockland High School on March 9. They presented Twelfth Night to students. Veritas photo

On Thursday, March 9, the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company performed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for students at Rockland High School. The performance was sponsored by the RHS English department. The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company is based in Marshfield, MA. and is an award winning theater company that specializes in bringing professional Shakespearean performances to local schools through its Performance in Education Program (P.I.E.).

Members of the troupe took time out and spoke to Veritas editor, Sophie McLellan after the performance.  They gave a shout out to all the students who attended their performance!

For more information about the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company go to: http://www.baycolonyshakespeare.org

Rockland High School is gearing up for its own Shakespeare Festival this weekend, March 24 and 25. The Festival features two nights of Elizabethan drama, entertainment and frivolity. Students will recreate scenes from several of Shakespeare’s most popular plays including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet.”


The doors will open on both nights at 6:30 p.m. On Friday night light refreshments will be served during the entertainment. On Saturday night a full feast will be served. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door on Friday night. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door for Saturday’s show and feast. Tickets will be sold at all the lunches this week. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by emailing kwalsh@rocklandschools.org.

Rockland-Abington Unified Basketball Game

Nick Cara shoots while Anthony Ambrose from Abington and Mike Bodley look on.  Veritas Staff photo

The Rockland and Abington Unified basketball players treated a large crowd on Monday night in Rockland with a fun-filled game.  The large roster of Rockland girls and boys players battled against Abington’s roster to a 59-46 win for Rockland.  The score was not the story of the game, however. What was the story was the teamwork and togetherness that both groups demonstrated.  There was also a lot of good shooting and defense played.

The unified teams are made up of players from the varsity basketball teams from Rockland and Abington who mentor the players from their schools’ Special Education programs.

This is an event that everyone looks forward to. It is organized by Rockland Athletic Director, Gary Graziano and coached by physical education instructors, Brenda Folsom and Mike Doyle.  For Abington Athletic Director Peter Serino organized the event along with coaches John and Sarah McGinness.

Thanks to William Marquardt (c6bill.smugmug.com) for sharing some of his photos.

 

Rockland Dogs Go For South Sectional Championship

The Rockland boys’ hockey team will play at Gallo Arena on Sunday at 3:15.  They will be going for a Division 3 South Sectional Championship against Old Rochester/Fairhaven.  Good luck to the Rockland Bulldogs!  Be there to support the Dogs!

photos by Kelley Reale

 

Dogs Hockey to Compete For Spot in D3 South Final

Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor

The boys’ hockey team will travel to Bourne today at 1:30 to prepare for their D3 south semifinal match-up against Nantucket. The Dogs are fresh off their thrilling victory over Hanover in the quarterfinals, (2-1 in a shootout). The Indians, the reigning state champs, had only lost to Rockland once before the fateful Saturday afternoon.

It was a game of hard-nosed defensive effort and limited scoring opportunities. The score was locked at 0-0 through three regulation periods and two overtime periods. After Hanover took a 1-0 lead thanks to Zach Taylor, the Dogs rattled off two goals to comeback in the shootout and advance. Freshman Zach Callahan scored the equalizer, and senior captain Matt Dunn scored the game-winner. Junior Goaltender Harry O’Brien put in nothing short of a stellar performance, piling up 40 saves against a polished Hanover offense.

The Nantucket Whalers (19-0-3) are the #2 seed in Division 3 south, while the Dogs (20-1-3) sit at #3. Ultimately, this team is a mere 3 wins away from an appearance in the state championship at the TD Garden in Boston. Make sure to get on the highway and get over to Gallo at 4:30 to see some more magic happen.

photos by Kelley Reale and the Enterprise Sports

Guatemala Trip Clothing Drive on Friday

This Friday (3/10) there will be a Saver’s clothing drive to benefit the students from RHS who are going on the Guatemala Trip in April.

If the group can collect 400 bags of donations, Savers will donate $1,000 to the trip.

If you have any clothing or other soft household items (blankets, pillows etc) you would like to donate, just toss them in a 13-gallon bag and bring them in on Friday. The truck will be coming at 3PM on Friday to pick up the goods.  Any donation is greatly appreciated as it will bring the group closer to reaching their goal!

Working with Worthy Village RHS students will help people of Guatemala use water filters to provide clean drinking water for their families.

15 students and staff from Rockland High School are taking a trip to Panajachel, Guatemala during April vacation this year. April vacation starts on the 14th, and ends on the 23rd.Students will be treated to beautiful scenery there, but the trip to Guatemala is more of a service trip than a trip to go sightseeing. Mrs. Shaughnessy, one of the chaperones along with Ms. Lanigan and Mr. Connors,  says, “We will be teaching the kids how to install water filters, and teach impoverished families how to filter the water so they can have clean drinking water.”

The people going on the trip include 12 students, and three chaperones.

The total cost of the trip is $2,100 per person, which includes airfare, hotel, most meals and insurance. A lot of fundraising is going on to lower the price.

Ms. Lanigan said, “Please spread the word to friends and family as well

Theatre Guild Getting Ready For METG Festival on March 4

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From top left: Tatiana Hill, Shandi Austin, Ryan Mott, Angelica Pacombe, Taylor Vernava, Sean Vo, Michael Belmonte, Morgan Foster, Ryan Struzziery From bottom left: Kimberlie Jean-Poix, Sophie McLellan, Jurnee Dunn, Neleh Dunn. photo by Mrs. Dunn

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” and this has never been more true for Rockland High School’s drama troupe as it tirelessly prepares for what some may call the Super Bowl for theatre geeks.

On March 4, our thespians will be heading off to the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Festival (METG), a one-act play competition in which around 112 schools compete. Their play, a murder mystery, is called “Room 404.”

Not only do the participants get to perform and witness a day filled with the performing arts, but they also make friendships that last a lifetime, learn incredible new things about their craft, and create memories they’ll never forget.

“Festival is a great opportunity for our drama guild to go out and see other schools perform,” said senior Michael Belmonte, who is playing a leading role in the production. “We get to showcase what we can do as well. Festival is about celebrating theatre, competing, and having fun with people that share the same passion as you.”

For the past three years, the drama troupe has come heartbreakingly close to moving to the next leg of competition. Held back by a lack of budget to pay for sets, the group last year came closer than Rockland ever has. The talent has been undeniable.

This time, the cast and crew of “Room 404” are feeling confident as the big day draws closer.

“The show is coming along fantastic! We still have a lot of work to be done such as memorizing lines and working with sets,” said Belmonte last week.

He added, “The lead up to the very last week of rehearsals is always stressful. However, I’m extremely confident that by March the cast and crew will be more ready than we have been in past years.”

This year’s show is student written, student directed and put together completely by students. “Room 404” is a murder mystery that takes place in the 1950s. It is the story of a beautiful Hollywood star killed in her hotel room, and of the secrets that are revealed about her and everyone around her afterwards. It deals with a number of mature topics, and a large amount of red dyed corn syrup.

Morgan Foster, the soundboard technician, is particularly excited about the way the production is coming together and can’t wait until the big day. “Festival means the world to me. It’s a time when I can let my inner theatre nerd out.”

The cast and crew have put in a great deal of time and effort to make this happen.

“The cast are amazing, hard-working, and talented individuals,” said Belmonte. “Every single person on the cast is dedicated to moving on to the next round. More importantly though, each cast member’s first priority is to entertain.”

Be sure to mark Saturday, March 4 on your calendar and support the RHS Theatre Guild when they head off to Norwood High School for the preliminary round of the competition.  Follow this link for the METG schedule for host schools across the state.

Here is the schedule for Rockland and the schools competing at Norwood High School:

9:00 a.m. Brockton High School Love/Sick
10:00 a.m. Hanover High School Eurydice
11:15 a.m. Boston Latin Academy Law and Order: A Fairytale Unit
12:15 p.m. Scituate High School Purple Haze
2:00 p.m. Norwood High School Pretty Theft
3:00 p.m. Dedham High School Dog Sees God
4:30 p.m. Rockland High School Room 404
5:30 p.m. Foxboro High School The Chronicles of Jane: Book Seven
5:30 p.m. St. Sebastian’s Country Day School Slacktivist
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