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Junior-Senior Prom Held on May 19

Erin Buckley, Hannah Millen, Sydney Ferguson, Brian McCullough, Jessie Lutts, Shannon Lindahl, Talia Rindone and Alexa Murphy. photo courtesy Ms. Walsh

The combined junior-senior prom was held on May 19 at the Canoe Club in West Bridgewater.

Before the junior and senior couples made their way from the high school to the Canoe Club, the seniors participated in a traditional Grand March in the gym, which ended with students having a “first dance” with one or more of their family members.

Then it was on to West Bridgewater by bus.  Everyone had a great time at the prom and everyone was up on the dance floor for most of the evening.

The night concluded with the announcement of the traditional king, queen and courts for the juniors and for the seniors.

The juniors: Jillian Schofield, Olivia Elie, Natalie Draicchio, James White, Jaymie Atkins and Jillian Donahue. photo courtesy of Ms. Walsh

For the juniors, the king and queen were Louis Casey and Natalie Draicchio. The court included: Jillian Donahue, Jaymie Atkins, Olivia Elie and Jillian Schofield.

For the seniors, the king and queen were Brian McCullough and Jessie Lutts. The court included: Erin Buckley, Hannah Millen, Sydney Ferguson, Shannon Lindahl, Talia Rindone and  Alexa Murphy.

Below is a photo gallery of the Grand March with photos by Veritas photographer, Maddie Gear

Softball team qualifies for tournament

The seniors got their wish yesterday as the softball team qualified for tournament, the first spring team to do so, with a win over Middleboro. Veritas photo

The girls varsity softball team met their goal of making the tournament yesterday, May 18 with a 4-0 win over Middleboro at home.

Erin Buckley was the winning pitcher giving up no runs, 4 hits, 4 walks. She had 5 strikeouts.  Shortstop Maddie Olsen was 2-3 with a 2 run HR in the first inning.

The girls record is now 10 wins and 5 losses.

Their last regular season home game will be May 26.

For more on the team and their season, see the next issue of the Veritas due out on May 23.

 

Awards Season in High Gear

It’s that time of year when various groups wrap up the year by honoring those who have participated in their clubs, sports, or other activities.

Recently the Theatre Guild held its end of the year banquet and honored all of the participants in this year’s shows. Statuettes (think Oscars) were awarded in some serious and humorous categories by advisors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan.

Best actor was given to Ryan Struzziery for his leading role as Danny Zuko in Grease.  Sophie McLellan won the best actress award in a leading role as Sandy.  Shandi Austin won an award for Best Dancer and was recognized for her fine choreography in several shows throughout her four years, including Grease and A Chorus Line.  Madison Parlee got the “techy award” for her indispensable work behind the scenes, and Michael Bodley was presented with an award for his solo performance in Grease that brought the house down on both nights last December. Kimberlie Jean-Poix received an award for her hard work through the years as  a Stage Manager. Morgan Foster was cited for being most supportive on and off the stage. Ali Landy received a Keeps Everyone Smiling award for her positive attitude.  

Several students spoke about the impact that being in drama had on them. Many stories were shared about the good times and bad times during rehearsals. . Many of the seniors talked about how drama club gave them a way to deal with their identity at RHS. Some spoke about transferring in from another school — and being part of drama helped them overcome their fears of a new place. Others spoke of their overcoming shyness, through drama. Many mentioned how Ms. White and Mrs. Donovan “saved” the drama club when they had no advisor to oversee them two years ago.

Check out the photos below taken by Mrs. Adrienne Donovan.

Six seniors Sean Vo, McLellan, Austin, Kimberlee Jean-Poix, Morgan Foster and Michael Belmonte received cords to wear outside their gowns on Graduation night. These signify the seniors’ participation in the drama program.

Sean Vo, Michael Belmonte, Sophie McLellan, Kimberlie Jean-Poix, Morgan Foster and Shandi Austin receive cords to wear on their graduation day. photo by Mrs. A. Donovon.

Matt Dunn and Julia DiCienzo were honored as Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the South Shore League Athletic Directors. Right is AD Gary Graziano.

On May 10, the Athletic Department also got into the award act recognizing the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year.  The awards were presented at a banquet put on by the South Shore League.  Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn were honored as were athletes from all the teams in the South Shore League at Souther’s Marsh Golf Club.

DiCienzo participates in swimming and softball and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend URI to study nursing.  Dunn excelled in football and hockey, and will study criminal justice at Norwich University.

Veritas staff members. from left, Sophie McLellan, Sean Vo, Maddie Gear, Jasmin Morse and Erin Kearns show off achievement awards received at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on Friday May 5. The Veritas received awards of Highest Achievement for its print and on-line editions.

Our own Veritas staff also received awards recently at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on May 5.  The editors-in-chief, Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo were presented with a Highest Achievement Award for the Veritas in Scholastic Editing and Publishing.  Jasmin Morse received a Highest Achievement award as editor of the on-line edition of the Veritas.

Individual work by Madeline Gear and Joe Taft received Special Achievement Awards.  Gear’s photo  gallery on the Esten School coding program was recognized as professionally done, and Taft’s article on the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees was cited for excellence.

Congratulations to these award winners!

Check back to this website as award season continues to see more student awards and honors as they roll in!

 

Baseball Team Honors Ten Seniors

May 9, 2017

The Abington baseball team spoiled Rockland’s senior night, winning a close game 3-2 at Rockland’s Veterans Memorial Stadium last night.  The Dogs had hoped to continue their two game winning streak, but fell short.  Junior Sam Gray pitched a good game and the Dogs had their chances.  They will continue in their quest to make tournament today at Randolph.

The ten seniors were honored along with their parents before the game.  Photo gallery is below.

Seniors Recognized at Pops Concert

Seniors in the band and chorus received flowers from the parents’ band boosters. From left: Michael Belmonte, Sean Vo, Vivian Nguyen, Mr. John Piazza, band director, Morgan Foster, Jeffre Donahue, Genesis Rojas, Lauren Zaremba, Kimberlie Jean-Poix, Taylor Vernava, Luana Lima, Tatiana Hill, Sophie McLellan, Jurnee Dunn, Shandi Austin. Veritas photo

May 4, 2017

The Rockland Senior High School Music Department held its annual Pops Concert on Thursday evening, May 4.  Directors John Piazza and David Arruda led the band and chorus in several musical pieces.

Up first was the chorus singing “Seize the Day,” “Ave Verum,” “Hallelujah,” “South African Praises,” and “Good Riddance.”

After a brief ceremony in which the band boosters presented each of the senior members of the band and chorus with flower bouquets, the band performed. Their numbers included: “Alkali Ike Rag,” “My Favorite Things,” “Highlights from Annie the Movie,”  “Selections from West Side Story,” and “Cartoon Carnival.”

Lauren Zaremba receives her bouquet. Veritas photo

On Sunday, April 30 the RHS band played an introductory set before the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance for the community of Rockland. It was a great opportunity for them to be a part of a unique musical experience.

Track teams ready to compete

Track coaches: from left: Patrick Finn, Randal Grimmett, Robert Murphy and Mark Killinger. photo by Erin Kearns

Erin Kearns, Veritas Staff

The track teams this year are hoping to have a successful season, especially with the large turn-out they had.

Last year both the boys and girls teams finished the season with three wins and five losses.

The coaches this year are Robert Murphy, Randal Grimmett, Mark Killinger, and Patrick Finn.

“I’m really excited about this year’s team. We have almost fifty girls signed up so far, which is a lot more than we’ve ever had before. We also have a good number of returning athletes, so I expect that we will be very competitive in the South Shore League,” says Mr. Grimmett.

Mr. Murphy has similar expectations for this year. “I always have high expectations for our Rockland teams. This year especially, we had over forty students sign up for boys’ track, with a large number being freshmen, and many upperclassmen returning from last year’s team. This is very encouraging.”

Erika Ochenduszko, a returning track runner and one of the team’s top scorers explained, “I think it’s great that there were ninety people that showed up to the track meeting. It’s better to have more numbers because it gives us a better chance of winning the meets.”

She continued, “What I’m worried about is how long the meets are going to have to be because of how many people are doing it.”

With the large turn-out, the coaches’ task in finding the right events for everyone could be a little more difficult.

Mr. Grimmett explained that when judging potential the most important thing he looks for is a good work ethic, explaining, “I’d have to say that the most important characteristic we look for is a willingness to work hard and continually strive to get better.”

He continued, “We all have our individual aptitudes, but what we do with the natural talent we possess depends upon our willingness to work hard. For the athletes who are new to track, I try not to judge their potential and just wait and see how they progress as athletes. One of the best things about coaching track is seeing the athletes get better.”

Mr. Murphy has similar thoughts about an athlete’s potential saying, “Potential to me is based on dedication, desire and hard work.” he explained, “The more effort an athlete exhibits, the greater the potential he or she has to succeed.”

Lily Matson, one of the team’s top scorers and a returning runner says, “Track is a mental sport. You’re constantly fighting the part of yourself that wants to stop, and the biggest challenge is pushing through that, even though it hurts. It takes a lot of mental toughness and discipline, and it’s awesome to see the team push through the tough days together.”

To anyone unsure about coming out for track Mr. Murphy would encourage them to join.  Mr. Grimmett adds, “Track is a lot of fun, and there are so many events that almost anyone can find an event that they like.”

Girls Lacrosse Team Focuses on Improving Every Day

Kaylee Patten (left) and Emily Beatrice are co-captains of the lacrosse team. courtesy photo/yearbook

Julian Tarpey, Veritas Staff

Lauren Rizzotti is in her fourth year as the coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at Rockland High School. That is exactly how long there has been a girls’ lacrosse team at RHS.

`In four years they have come a long way. The first year they were a club team, and the squad has only been a varsity team for two years.

Ms. Rizzotti, who also teaches math at RHS, says, “It has been amazing seeing these girls grow over the years. I just find it really cool to see the girls improve over the years and really compete.”

Two of those girls are senior captains, Emily Beatrice and Kaylee Patten. Ms. Rizzotti says she is happy to have them leading the team. “They are two of the strongest players on the team, but also the most dedicated.”

In addition to the two senior captains, Ms. Rizzotti says, “There are several returning players from last year that I am counting on to hold this team together because we have several fairly new players.”

Despite their youth and lack of experience, the coach enjoys her team and says that they enjoy playing.

From left: Emily Beatrice, Jenna Burns and Natalie Draicchio take a break from indoor practice. Veritas photo

“The strength of the team is how much they all truly enjoy playing. They aren’t playing because they have to, or they are getting in shape for another sport, they are playing because they find it fun,” says Coach Rizzotti.

Their inexperience does show, however, and the hardest part is playing against teams that have established programs from the youth leagues up to the high school level.

“We are playing against teams who have been playing for years, and they play during their off-seasons. My players are brand new a few years ago, and any new players coming in are learning from scratch as well. It makes it very hard to keep up with the other teams,” says Ms. Rizzotti.

The girls lacrosse team work on fundamentals in the gym in early season practices. Veritas photo

But the girls have goals and one of them is to improve every day.

“Every practice we focus on improving one more thing and to continue to work on the basics such as catching and passing in order to really compete,” explained the coach.

And with that goal comes the most important one for the team.

“The number one goal this season is to leave everything on the field each game,” says the coach, who explained how they lost several games last year by only a few points.

“Those are the hardest to walk away from, so this year we are looking to get those games back.”

The girls opened the season on Monday, April 3 at Southeastern Regional High School and came away with a 17-4 victory.

Their next game will be on Monday, April 24 against Silver Lake at home.  They will then be at Abington in the first game of a doubleheader with the boys’ team.  The girls will be going on at 5:00 and the boys will follow at 6:30.

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