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The Veritas Wants YOU!

If you have an interest in writing or contributing to the Rockland High School newspaper, the Veritas, come to a brief meeting after school on Monday, August 27 or Tuesday, August 28th in Room 126.  All grades are welcome.

As reporters or photographers for the Veritas, you could come up with your own ideas or work within the group.  If you belong to another group or club, you could report on that club’s news. Sports writing positions are also available.

The meeting will be brief.  If you cannot make it either Monday or Tuesday, see or email Mrs. Lannin-Cotton or Mr. Cable-Murphy with any questions or to sign up.


Summer News and Important Dates for the First Days of School

RHS Principal John Harrison has provided a great deal of information about summer activities and important dates for the upcoming school year in a special Summer Community newsletter.  Check it out:  August 6, 2018 News and Updates.

Again this year, we will compile all the Community Weekly Updates on the Veritas website on Principal Harrison’s Page in the menu bar.

Class of 2018 Graduation, June 1, 2018

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


Graduates toss their caps into the air at the conclusion of the 2018 Graduation ceremony photo courtesy of Pat Glennon

The 133 graduates of Rockland High School’s 2018 Graduation Class completed the last step in their 16 or 17 year journey through the Rockland Schools on Friday, June 1. After a week of graduation practices, banquets, visits to their former schools, and years of school work and extracurriculars,  the Class of 2018 finally ended Rockland’s chapter in their life.

During the evening, Dean of Students and math teacher, Fredrick Damon spoke about Bulldog pride and dancing through life. He followed by opening up to the graduates about sides of him that aren’t present or seen at RHS.

Following, Class of 2018 President, Zachary Peterson spoke about RHS’s impact on the graduates’ lives and how it’ll affect life post high school.

Also speaking from the graduating class was valedictorian, Sean Sugrue who poetically described the journey of Rockland education and the conquering of the curriculum.

Additionally, Class of 2018 Vice President, Jill Donahue presented the junior class with the class gift to President, John Ellard III. The gift included a refurbished Academic Hall of Fame plaque and bench for the courtyard.

Before the presentation of diplomas, principal, Dr. John Harrison and Superintendent, Dr. Alan Cron spoke highly of the graduating class and the journey they are all about to embark on.

All in all,  after fear of showers, Friday’s graduation ended up being a night of laughter, memories, and a chapter in Rockland history that’ll go down in the books.

photos courtesy of Pat Glennon, proud father of graduate, Aiden Glennon


Senior Awards Night Held on May 31

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan Cron presents the Valedictorian Medal to Class of 2018 graduate Sean Sugrue photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Class of 2018 academic and athletic awards were announced in a ceremony on Thursday night (May 31) in the auditorium at Rockland High School.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the Valedictory Award to Sean Sugrue. Sugrue’s academic excellence throughout his four years at Rockland High School is well-known and admired by his teachers and peers.
For a profile of Sean written by Veritas reporter Jasmin Morse, go here.
The awards garnered by students in the Class of 2018 provided a night to remember prior to their graduation held on Friday night June 1 at 7 pm.
Below are the Athletic Awards presented by Assistant Athletic Director Richard MacAllister.  Award winners are selected by all the athletic coaches, Athletic Director, Gary Graziano and  MacAllister.
The Woman’s Coaches Award: Margaret Jones.

The Vicki Solari Award: Natalie Draicchio.

The John Bell Bulldog Award: Jaymie Atkins and James Fitzgerald.

The Louis Cifello Award: Joseph Campanile and Jonathan Baar.

Sydney McKenna

The Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Awards: Sydney McKenna, Christopher Penney, and Devin Gallagher.

Chris Penney received the Warren Najarian Award from Mr. MacAllister.

The John Delorey Awards: Erin Field, Hannah Boben, and Harrison O’Brien.

The Charles E. Leverone Award: Seth Rosczewski.

The Senior Female Athletic Award: Erika Ochenduszko.

The Peter J. Crowley Award: Matthew O’Brien.

The Robert Ellis Award: Aiden Glennon.

Lily Matson received the Marion Mansfield Donovan Award for a distinguished scholar-athlete

The Marion Mansfield Donovan Award: Lily Matson.

The Joseph Dondero Award: Aiden Glennon.

The Dr. Joseph Dunn Award: James White.

Silver Bowl winners signifying 12 varsity letters in four years: from left: Jimmy Fitzgerald, Matty O’Brien, Arianna Roosa and Natalie Draicchio. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Silver Bowl Winners: Arianna Roosa, Matthew O’Brien, James Fitzgerald, and Natalie Draicchio.

Following are awards that reflect students’  contributions to the life and community of Rockland and Rockland High School:

The Patrick J. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship: Matthew O’Brien.

The Good Guy Scholarship (in memory of Jared Quirk): Joseph Campanile and Jacob Lauria.

The Robert J. and Christine M. Biggins Courage Award: Rebekah Panaro.

The George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship: Jillian Schofield.

Natalie Draicchio receives the Matthew Pollini Scholarship from his parents. Adrienne Donovan photo

The Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Scholarship: Natalie Draicchio.

The Skarbeck Bober Teacher Scholarship: Natalie Draicchio.

The Jimbo Award: Joseph Yeadon.

Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship: Jaymie Atkins and Hannah Murphy.

The John Mahoney Memorial Award: William Breadmore.

The Edward Sokolowski Award Scholarship: Kellie Berry.

The Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award: Macie Jones and Aiden Glennon.

Mr. Rockland Scholarship: Louis Casey.

Spellman Oratorical Contest: Aiden Glennon, Erin Field, Sean Sugrue, Sean Fitzgerald, Stephanie Blaney, Kellie Berry, Brianna Ferraro, and Soairse McNally.

Madison Parlee receives The Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award from Richard Phelps. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Share the Spirit Award: Madison Parlee.

The Phoenix Award: Jayanna Holliman-Parham.

Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award: Madison Parlee.

Those who will enter the military in service to our country were recognized.  They are:

  • Nicholas Cousin, United States Marine Corp.

  • Erik Dutcher, United States Army

  • Christopher Kenney, United States Air Force

  • Jonathan Ronan, United States Army

Following are the academic award winners from the Class of 2018;

The Silver Key from the Scholastic Art Awards: Shannon Kelley

The Veritas Awards: Matthew O’Brien, Ryan Mott, Danielle O’Brien, Harrison O’Brien, and Mark Shields.

The Senior Academic Letters for Excellence in Education: Hannah Boben, Michelle Downey, Natalie Draicchio, Brian Driscoll, Brianna Ferraro, Ryan Kelley, Delaney Leahy, Sarah Lovell, Robert Rossman, and Nicholas Walker.

The Community Service Awards: Sean Sugrue and Ronan McNally.

The Excellence in Mathematics Awards: Alexander Domina, Rebecca Elliot, Sarah Lovell, Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Sean Sugrue, and Nicholas Walker.

High Honors the First Three Terms: Eden Dalton, Natalie Draicchio, Joseph Naughton, and Sean Sugrue.

Advanced Placement Scholars: Aiden Glennon, Meredith Long, and Lily Matson.

Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor: Joseph Naughton and Sabrina Sprague.

Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction: Ronan McNally and Sean Sugrue

The Senior Art Department Awards: Brian Driscoll and Alicia Williams.

The Communication and Digital Media Department Award: Matthew O’Brien and Zachary Peterson.

The Family and Consumer Science Department Award: Mark Shields.

The Social Science/History Department Award: Eden Dalton.

Alex Domina receives the Mathematics Achievement Award from Mr. Steve Casagrande

The Mathematics Department Award: Alexander Domina.

The Construction Technology Award: Jonathan Ronan and Erik Dutcher.

The Physical Education Department Award: Christopher Penny and Natalie Dracchio.

The Health Education Award: Jacob Lauria.

The Music Department Award: Erin Field and Ryan Struzziery.

The Robotics Award: Keith Wiley and Jacob Wright.

The Engineering Award: Ryan Kelley.

Ryan Kelley, right, receives the Engineering Award from Science department head, Sam Hoyo

The Computer Science Award: Robert Rossman.

The Science Department Award: Joseph Naughton and Isabelle Uong.

The Health and Family & Consumer Science Award: Jocelyn Reera.

From left: Carol Cahill, English Department Chair, Sean Sugrue, Melissa Shaughnessy, World Languages teacher and Ronan McNally. Sugrue and McNally received the Overall Academic Achiever Awards for the Class of 2018. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Overall Academic Achievement Award: Sean Sugrue and Ronan McNally.

Massachusetts Secondary School Administrator’s Association Student Achievement Award- Principal’s Award: Aiden Glennon.

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award: Ronan McNally.

Spring Sports Teams Complete Regular Seasons, Prepare for Postseason

Matty O’Brien, Veritas Sports Editor

Matt Dalton, Veritas Sports Staff

As the spring sports season headed down the home stretch, the success of many teams, carrying over from an exceptional winter season, was clear.

Girls tennis and softball secured tournament bids early, while boys lacrosse, boys tennis, and baseball were still in the mix, pushing for a tournament berth, entering the final days of the regular season. The track teams also had several South Shore League All-Stars and athletes qualifying for states.

It is rare for the amount of success Rockland has had in one season, but as the spring season has unfolded, the athletic success occuring this school year in every season is unheard of.  In many schools spring sports can be overlooked, however this year, every team thrived in their own way.

Boys lacrosse regained their foothold in the SSL being ranked fourth behind teams like EB, Cohasset, and Hull. The team got off to a shaky start when they lost three games in a row, but since then, the team has been playing well.

The team got a big win on Tuesday, May 22 over EB 15-14. Senior Matty O’Brien who is going to Bentley to play lacrosse got his 300th career point in the game.

Lacrosse seniors photo by Kelley Reale

The team’s tournament hopes came down to the wire. On the final Wednesday of the regular season, they faced Archbishop Williams, needing a win. And that’s what they got, pulling out a nail-biter 15-13, and qualifying for the postseason!

Girls lacrosse wound up their season this week. While they did not make it to postseason, the season had its positives with junior Madison Blonde potting her 100th goal of her career against Cohasset High. One can only imagine what she will get up to with  another season ahead of her.

Senior captain Natalie Draicchio continued to be a steadying influence on the team with multiple game assists and goals. She scored her 100th goal on the last game of her career against Archbishop Williams.  Congrats Nat!

The team honored their seniors: Cassie Ofurum, Jaymie Atkins, Natalie Draicchio, Tahmya Cappra, Hannah Boben, Erika Ochenduszko and Emily McLaughlin on senior day.

A shining star throughout the entire spring season has been the girls tennis team. The team was able to qualify for the state tournament in just their tenth game of the season. The Dogs finished the regular season with a, 13-4 record, looking to make a run in their first postseason in program history.

In her first season, Coach Launie has done an exceptional job. Senior Captain Isabelle Uong thinks this season can be credited to her coach and the team’s culture.

“It is an incredibly welcoming atmosphere and Coach Launie does a great job at fueling that,” said Uong.

Ms. Launie, in turn, credits her team and their ability to learn new strategies and improve with each match.

A key to the girl’s season that has been noted is the guest appearances of former coach Richard MacAllister. Mr. MacAllister’s cameos have fueled members of the team to be better. The girls tennis team has a great dynamic and something special has certainly come together.

Softball has really been playing at a high level all year and they have put together an impressive 10-9 record over the span of the season. They qualified for tournament with a big win against EB in nine innings by a score of 9-8.

Micheala Bruno, a freshman, is pitching well supported by senior Sydney McKenna, Molly Grass and Dakota Pike at the plate.  Meghan Monet is doing well bunting and with her speed on the bases.

Lady Dogs beat W-H 13-1 in their last regular season game. Michaela Bruno pitched a great game,  allowing just 4 hits and 1 run with 1 BB and 5 K’s. Senior Sydney McKenna went 3-5 with 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Macy Grass also had a solid game going 3-5 for the day.

The team looks to get a good seed in the tournament.  “Once you’re in anything can happen,” said Asst. Coach Chris Burnieika.

The boys’ tennis team has also had a successful season, enjoying every step along the way. It was important for the team to stay competitive while also making Coach Jim Patton’s last season a fun and memorable one.

Sean Sugrue, John Ellard, Tyler Beatrice, Joe Naughton and Ronan McNally of the tennis team who honored Coach Patton at NHS Induction

Members of the team’s care for their coach was demonstrated at the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on May 16 as tennis teammates, Sean Sugrue and Joe Naughton shared an incredible message introducing their Honorary Inductee, Coach Patton. The coach embraced his players on stage and Naughton and Sugrue were proud to honor their coach in such a way.

On the court the Dogs have remained competitive in a challenging South Shore League with a record hovering near .500. Needing one more win to qualify for postseason, their hopes were dashed by Middleboro as the boys lost 4-1.  But senior Captain Harry Hunter is grateful for his last tennis season and the dynamic of the team.

“We just have a system and a culture where anybody can step up and make an impact. Every member of the team is valued. I always look forward to tennis season because it’s just the best atmosphere to be a part of.”

Away from the courts, and onto the diamond, Dogs’ baseball has had success this season. Although the Dogs lost a few tough games early, they have had some remarkable games, including a blowout victory over Division 4 powerhouse Mashpee and a nail-biting 4-3 win over Abington. Senior Jon Ronan was pleased with the team and hoping to make tournament.

“This season has been a lot of fun and we have a great group of guys. Hopefully we can qualify for the [tournament] and keep this season going,” said Ronan.

With a record of 9-10 with one game remaining, the Dogs needed to win one. Although that was a challenging task, the team had already shown that they were capable of playing at a high enough level to get the job done. On May 20 they defeated Duxbury on the road 5-3. The next day they defeated Middleboro behind pitcher Sam Gray.

photo by Kelley Reale

Gray, who was working on three days’ rest, went the distance and delivered a clutch two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to lead the Bulldogs to a hard-fought 6-4 victory.

On May  they came up with a big win against Norwell, 8-1, behind senior Aiden Glennon’s complete game on the mound and two for three at bat.

That win improved Rockland’s record 9-10 and kept the Bulldogs’ playoff hopes alive.

The team finally faced Pembroke on Tuesday, May 29. Sam Gray once again came up with a gem and the Dogs made it to postseason with a huge 7-1!  Athletic Director Gary Graziano called it “pretty impressive after a 1-6 start,” and congratulated new head coach, Mike Doyle and the boys for their accomplishment.

The boys track season has ended with the team coming away with a record of 2-5.  According to senior Seth Rosczewski most meets were close and the team always competed hard.

Qualifying for states for the boys were Andre Coste in the 100m and 200m and Dylan Cleaves in the javelin and discus.

Seth Rosczewski

Rosczewski, a senior captain, was one of two seniors on the team, the other being Connor Cleaves. Rosczewski says he was glad he ran track this year. “I like the atmosphere in track, and also knowing that I’m halfway decent in something.” An all-star in cross country, Rosczewski is a better than decent runner, and says he will continue to run in college next year.

For the girls’ track team, they finished the season at 3-4. Arianna Roosa and Lily Matson stood out, being named SSL all-stars.

Spring teams all paired competitiveness and having fun, and they achieved great success in the process.

With the state tournaments just a week away, those teams that have or will qualify are looking to have a successful end to their seasons.

Wizard of Oz Friday Night and Saturday Afternoon

Part of the cast of the Wizard of OZ on Thursday evening.

May 4, 2018

Don’t forget to see the Rockland High School Music Department’s production of the Wizard of Oz this weekend.  Friday night the show goes on at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.  On Saturday it’s a matinee at 2:30 pm.  The musical features everything you remember about the story from the Cowardly Lion played by Ryan Mott to the Wicked Witch of the West played by Erin Field.  Rounding out the major cast members are Ryan Struzziery as the Scarecrow, Rebekah Panaro as the Tin Man, and Emily Gaboriault as Dorothy.

It’s a show suitable for all ages and tickets will be available at the door on Friday and Saturday for $7.

Below are some scenes from Thursday night’s dress rehearsal.

Freshmen Attend Bay Colony Shakespeare Company Performance of Romeo and Juliet

April 27, 2018

Juliet discovers Romeo’s body.

The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company performed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for 9th grade students at Rockland High School on Friday, April 27. The performance was funded with a grant from the Rockland Education Foundation.

Carol Cahill, English Department Director, arranged the performance for all ninth grade students to attend. Freshmen have read or will readRomeo and Juliet this year in their English classes. Ms. Cahill said, “It was an awesome way to expose students to a theatrical performance, and to let them see Romeo and Juliet on stage, rather than solely reading it in class.”

The BCSC’s performance used a more modern, 1970’s setting to portray the story of the star-crossed lovers.  The actors stayed after the performance for a question and answer period with students, led by director, Eric Joseph.

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.).

Students said they enjoyed the modern adaptation which included portraying the Nurse as closer to Juliet’s age.  They also said that the actors made everything easy to follow and understand even though they used Shakespeare’s difficult language.

The performance, originally scheduled in March, had been postponed because of one of the three March snowstorms that cancelled school.

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