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April Vacation: Time to Travel, Rest, Relax

April 12, 2019

April vacation will begin for RHS students today at 2:35 p.m.  After a long March of cold, rainy weather, students are probably looking forward to getting some rest and relaxation and maybe even some sun on their nine days off.

Some students like junior Phil Pattison are heading south to get some sun. “I’m going down to Florida with my family,” he said. He will be visiting Disney World in Orlando.

Most however, will be staying relatively close to home and doing some things that they don’t get to do while going to school.

Our principal, Mr. Harrison says that he will be celebrating his daughter, Peyton’s first birthday! Happy Birthday  to Peyton!

Sophomore Emily Gaboriault says she will be “chilling at home and doing some cleaning and painting.”

Senior Mercedez Johnson says that she will be  “going to my aunt’s house, inviting some friends over, and sleeping.”

Senior Meaghan McDonough is going to take a short trip during the week. “I am going to be taking a road trip with my teammates to a soccer tournament in Connecticut.”

The RHS girls lacrosse team will be going to Bentley University in Waltham to watch the Bentley Falcons play against Merrimack.

The RHS baseball team is playing a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 16 against Hanover in Rockland. All the other teams will be getting back to playing games after vacation.

Some students will be using the extra time to catch up on school work as well as sleep.

Senior Rebecca Mullen says she’ll be “sleeping, working on psych essays, working a little, but mainly sleeping”.

Senior Jailene Escalera says she’ll be “doing psych and college essays, sleeping, and going to appointments.”

Sophomore Bella Seaton says she will be “going out with friends and just sleeping.”

Thirty-four RHS juniors and seniors along with three chaperones will be going with the Travel Club on their long-awaited trip to Europe.  One of those is senior Bonnie Gasdia who is excited, she said, to visit Germany where her family is from.

Those RHS students like sophomore Becca Killion who say they are doing “nothing” might want to take an opportunity to get some community service hours at the annual Rockland Clean-Up Day to be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 at the Town Hall.

Some RHS teams like the lacrosse team participated last year but anyone can sign-up to do it.

Christine Flaherty of the REiMAGINE ROCKLAND organization explained how the Clean-Up Day works. “The clean up will begin at Rockland Town Hall, 242 Union Street, and will bring the community together to improve and beautify the Rail Trail, Union Street, and other areas in town. Refreshments will be available for volunteers to enjoy.”

You can sign up by contacting REiMAGINE ROCKLAND at reimaginerockland@gmail.com for information regarding volunteer opportunities. Details of the event are available online at www.rockland-ma.gov and www.facebook.com/REiMAGINEROCKLAND.

When seniors get back to school on April 22, they will have only 22 more school days to get through and the underclassmen won’t be far behind!

 

 

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“Annie” Debuts at RHS

Mikayla Andre and Sadie at Saturday matinee performance of Annie. For more photos from the show, go to our Photo Gallery page.

Megan Diver, Veritas Staff

April 10, 2019

The Rockland High School Music Department’s production of the musical “Annie” debuted to a full house on Friday, April 5, in the RHS/RMS auditorium at 7 p.m. The play concluded with another large and enthusiastic audience on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The cast, made up of high school and middle school students (and one canine), lit up the stage with a wide arrangement of musical and dance numbers including favorites, “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Maybe,” “N.Y.C,” and “Easy Street.”

The director of the play, high school and middle school chorus director, Victoria McComb, and asst. director, RPS elementary music teacher, Michelle Booth, who choreographed the dance numbers and coached the singers, got the most out of their diverse and talented cast.

The cast included: Mikayla Andre (Annie); Jordan Cunningham (Warbucks); Emily Gaboriault (Miss Hannigan); Bonnie Gasdia (Grace Farrell); Olivia Janis (Lily, Lt. Ward)); Neleh Dunn (Rooster).

Also in the cast were Terell Wright (Bundles, Drake, Announcer), Leah Drago (Perkins, Apple Seller, Mrs. Pugh), Kerin Dalton (Dog Catcher, Morganthau, Boylan Sister), Julia Yeadon (Ickes, Asst. Dog Catcher, Boylan Sister, Star to Be), Leah Leonard (Annette, Kaltenborn, Boylan Sister), Jonah Pishkin (Roosevelt), Hannah Ivil (Homeless Person), Callie Gillan (Cecile, Orphan), Phil Pattison (Bert Healy), Morgan Wahlstrom (Judge), McKenna Maher (Pepper), Liliana Berquist/Kelly Hamilton (Tessie), Emily Gillooly (Molly), Anabelle MacDonald (July), Kyara Williams (Duffy), Emily Holbrook (Kate), Kelly Hamilton (Orphan) and the lovable, Sadie (Sandy).

The N.Y.C Ensemble included: Shylyn Boulter, Saige Clauss, Victoria Foley, Lindsay Gillan, Mary Kippenhan, Kaitlyn Kulikowski, Aleah Meade, Corinne Medford, Matthew Medford, Ngan Nguyen, Hailey O’Brien, Helana Plouffe, Rose Ripley, Ana Clara-Santos, Cailin Sullivan, Anya Voci and Morgan Wahlstrom.

Before the show, Rockland Music Department Head John Piazza thanked everyone for their part in pulling the show together, including parents, teachers and students who contributed behind the scenes, and including those who played in the orchestra.

Seniors involved in the musical, Bonnie Gasdia, Morgan Wahlstrom and Leah Drago, had two highly emotional nights as their last play concluded. They can all surely agree they ended their dramatic careers at RHS on a high note. Gasdia, who played Warbucks’ secretary, Grace Farrell, said that this was her favorite role.

Director Ms. McComb said, “The musical was a huge success- very well attended and extremely well performed. We are very grateful for and proud of everyone who was involved in putting this production together.”

From left: Bonnie Gasdia, Mikayla Andre, Emily Gaboriault, Emily Gillooly, Anabelle MacDonald and McKenna Maher. Veritas photo.   For more photos see below or go to the Photo Gallery.

Spring Sports Have Begun

The boys lacrosse team defeated Abington 16-4 on Tuesday, April 2. photo by Courtney Starkey

April 3, 2019  (updated April 4)

The RHS spring sports season has gotten underway this week after two weeks of preseason preparations.

The line-up this year of spring sports teams includes boys and girls tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls track along with baseball and softball.

The lacrosse team got a win on Tuesday, April 2 at Abington. photo by Courtney Starkey

On Tuesday, April 2,  the lacrosse teams both opened up against the Abington Green Wave in Abington and both were successful.  The boys came away with a 16-4 win while the girls outscored Abington 17-10. For the girls Maddie Blonde had six goals and one assist. The lacrosse teams will be back at it on Friday against Archbishop Williams.

Also on Tuesday the baseball team traveled to Pembroke.  They were not as fortunate as the lacrosse teams, losing to Pembroke 3-1. The Dogs got solid pitching from Declan Rogers and Robert Ivil.  Cullen Rogers scored the run with a double and Ricky Glavin’s RBI single.

The softball team traveled to Whitman-Hanson on Thursday after a rain-out on Wednesday.  They came up with the win 9-4. Michaela Bruno went 4 for 4, with a hit and 3 doubles. On the mound she pitched 7 innings, allowing 5hits and striking out 7. Macy Grass went 2 for 3 and Shannon Murphy had a 3 run home run. They will be playing Plymouth-North tomorrow (Friday).

The boys and girls tennis teams went against Randolph on Thursday.  The boys won 5-0 and the girls got the win 4-1. Both teams play Mashpee tomorrow (Friday).

The RHS girls tennis team will be going up against Randolph tomorrow. photo from RHS Girls Tennis twitter.

The track teams will have their first meet next week on Weds. April 10 at Abington against Cohasset/Hull.  The track teams always have to play away because Rockland does not have a suitable track for meets.

Good luck to all the teams as they begin their seasons.  Here’s hoping the weather gets a little warmer!

 

Providing New Life to the Rockland Town Hall

 

Yani Soares, Veritas Staff

March 20, 2019

Have you ever walked around the Town Hall? Think back to what you saw while you were there. You may think that the area isn’t a very colorful place, which isn’t helped by the recent cold winter months. Knowing this, a well known group in Rockland is committed to a new project that will bring more residents to the area, while also letting us know that spring is just around the corner.

In January, the REiMAGINE ROCKLAND organization called upon the RHS IMAGES Club to assist in a program that will bring a strong sense of animation to the Town Hall. Their objective is to place six butterfly-shaped benches in the area, which would be assets to the Sole of Rockland project. To improve upon the benches even further, the IMAGES staff was asked to voice their ideas and assist with this decorative endeavor.

For the design of the benches, the members of REiMAGINE ROCKLAND would be decorating each bench with shoe prints obtained from the Sole of Rockland event in the fall of 2018. To further the artistic beauty of the benches, the organization called upon members of IMAGES to decorate the benches with short poems and works from the students of Rockland High School. By doing this, REiMAGINE ROCKLAND believes that the benches will be given a new flair that is completely unique to our town.

Throughout the next few months, the IMAGES club will be holding a competition that will accept short poems to add to the butterfly benches, which will all focus on the theme of transformation.

The motivation behind the placement of the benches around Town Hall is that it will make the town more attractive to residents and visitors alike. To express the idea of the benches further, a representative from REiMAGINE ROCKLAND, Carolyn Lewenberg, had a conference with IMAGES staff to think of ideas as to how these benches could improve the Town Hall area.

Multiple students pitched in to say that these benches could bring new energy to the area, attract tourists to the benches, and provide residents of every age with a place to rest and admire the town’s scenery. The main focus of the benches is to attract people to the Town Hall, and encouraging others to see the area as a welcoming, enjoyable location that isn’t used exclusively for serious purposes. The addition of the benches is meant to bring a sense of vibrance and new life that would greatly align with the hopes of REiMAGINE ROCKLAND’s aim to improve the town and give it a taste of some new, colorful beauty.

RHS teacher and Images advisor, Chad Bigsby also advocated for the benches by saying, “I’m glad to see young people involved in this reimagining, and excited for IMAGES to be branching out into new endeavors.”  

One of the most important features of these benches is the fact that their designs will be a unified effort made by the entire Rockland student body. Students from the middle and high schools will be encouraged to write short poems for the IMAGES staff to publish for addition to the benches, allowing their creative voices to be displayed from the center of town. By submitting a piece of writing that is about the length of a haiku, the students that enter this competition during this year will be immortalized as a permanent contribution to the spirit of Rockland’s transformation and growth as a community.

These butterfly benches are expected to appear in the Arts Festival, and will be placed in the Town Hall around May. When the spring rolls around, REiMAGINE ROCKLAND will allow Rockland’s residents and neighbors to find a refreshing seat in the heart of our town, allowing them to appreciate the many things that the we have to offer as a community.

For more information on the IMAGES Club or REiMAGINE ROCKLAND, learn more here:

https://www.imagesrockland.com/

https://www.facebook.com/REiMAGINEROCKLAND/

 

Triple Threat Gets Nets for Nets Win

The winners, Triple Threat: from left: Chris DeVine, Emily Gray and John Ellard with their championship trophy. photo by Ashley Murphy

March 20, 2019

In their first time competing, Triple Threat, a team made up of guidance counselor Chris DeVine, senior John Ellard, and athletic trainer Emily Gray, captured the 2019 Nets for Nets three-on-three basketball tournament championship.  The tournament, held on March 19, is an annual Student Government sponsored event that raises money for the charity, Nothing But Nets, an organization that provides bed nets for families in Africa.

Sixteen teams competed for the coveted golden basketball trophy with Triple Threat defeating the Kekambas in the finals.  The Kekambas, a team made up of Transitions teacher, Dan Kimball, junior Hannah Murphy, and junior Derek Williams, assured everyone that they would be back next year for the rematch.

Last year’s championship team, Three-Peat, featuring physical education teacher Mike Doyle was unseated partially due to an injury to junior girls basketball all-star, Caroline Elie, that kept her out of playing. Her sister, 7th grader Maggie, did a great job filling in. Also on the squad was Aneuris Quezada.

Losing in the semifinals to the Kekambas was the Bulldogs, that included senior Ashley Murphy, junior Dante Vasquez and Rogers Middle School teacher, Matthew Vincenzi.

Principal John Harrison’s team, the Green Eagles, included junior girls basketball all-star, Hannah Wyllie. They had their very creative t-shirts designed and made by teammate Anthony DiNino.

A complete list of teams follows:

  1. Beatrice Clan: Stephanie, Adam and Lynn Beatrice
  2. Tres Amigos: Eric Barber, Kyle Lenihan, Mrs. Melissa Shaughnessy
  3. The Denominators: Jake Dunham, Michaela Brun and Mr. Nick Liquori
  4. Three-peat: Maggie Elie, Mr. Mike Doyle and Reese Quezada
  5. Elite Crossovers: Alan Wright, Jarius Thomas, Ms. Shelley Coulombe
  6. Nets for Nets Champs: Tyler Beatrice, Antonio Gilstap, Ms. Julia Dicanzio
  7. The Units: Own Shea, Mr. Pete Harrison, Molly Callahan
  8. The Kekambas: Derek Williams, Mr. Dan Kimball, Hannah Murphy
  9. The White Mambas: Bella Seaton, Jake Wells, Mr. Greg Banks
  10. The John bLOCKErs: Maddie Gear, Marissa Smith, Mr. Rich MacAllister
  11. Triple Threat: John Ellard, Mr. Chris DeVine, Emily Gray
  12. The Green Eagles: Principal John Harrison, Hannah Wyllie, Tony DiNino
  13. The Ubiquitin Destroyers: Zach Webb, Matt Bruzzese, Mrs. Angela Armstrong
  14. Deep Treble: Ms. Lindsay Crook, Jordan Cunningham, Kathleen Nee
  15. Los Ballers: Adrian Fuecada, Josiah Durand, Ms. Jacqueline Tabares
  16. Bulldogs: Mr. Matt Vincenzi, Ashley Murphy, Dante Vasquez

It was a fun way to get a little March Madness into the high school scene and also to raise money for a good cause. Each of the sixteen teams contributed  a $15 entry fee.

Joanne White and Jill Delaney, Student Government advisors kept track of the brackets and awarded the golden basketball trophy to the winners.  Junior Katie Buckley, Community Services Committee Chair,  organized the tournament for the SGC.

Ms. White said that she was pleased at the turnout of teams and thought the tournament was a great success.

photos by Veritas photographer, Ashley Murphy

 

 

 

 

Band and Chorus Members Show Their Talents at Broadway Night

The chorus performs “Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story” from the Broadway musical, Hamilton, at Broadway Night on March 14. photo by Arianna Esposito

Photos by Arianna Esposito

The Rockland High School band and chorus presented a highly successful Broadway Night on Thursday, March 14 to a loud, appreciative audience.  The band opened up the night with “And All That Jazz” from the musical Chicago, setting the stage for individual performances by chorus members of selections from several Broadway plays including Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde and Finding Neverland.

RHS Band Director John Piazza introduced each of the soloists and provided a little background about each of them, complimenting them all for their passion and commitment to their music, and in many cases saying how pleased he is to see how much their talents and confidence have grown through the years.

Chorus Director Victoria McComb said on Twitter, “So proud of all my kids for their Broadway Night performances! What a wonderful night full of beautiful music!”

In his weekly newsletter Principal John Harrison said, “Congratulations to the chorus and band students involved in the production of Broadway Night on Thursday, March 14th. Our students did a phenomenal job and we are fortunate to have so many talented students who perform for the school community.”

Kayla Mantell was the first soloist to perform and explained that she had always wanted to perform “Once Upon a Time” from the musical Brooklyn, ever since her mother sang it to her. Megan Diver, Julia Yeadon, Leah Drago, Jordan Cunningham, Emily Gaboriault, Bonnie Gasdia, Olivia Janis and Kerin Dalton also performed as soloists, and each were given loud cheers and applause as they concluded.

The full chorus performed “Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story” from Hamilton to conclude the show.

A list of the performers and musical selections follows:

  1. “And All that Jazz” from Chicago– RHS Band

  2. “Once Upon a Time” from Brooklyn– Kayla Mantell

  3. “Morning Person” from Shrek the Musical– Megan Diver

  4. “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables– Julia Yeadon

  5. “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia – Leah Drago

  6. “This is the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde– Jordan Cunningham

  7. “What Baking Can Do” from Waitress– Emily Gaboriault

  8. “All that Matters” from Finding Neverland– Bonnie Gasdia

  9. “I Can Hear the Bells” from Hairspray– Olivia Janis

  10. “I’m Here” from The Color Purple– Kerin Dalton

  11. “Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story” from Hamilton– RHS Chorus

The Music Department’s next event will be the full musical, Annie, to be performed on Friday, April 5 and 7 pm and Saturday, April 6 at 1 pm.  Tickets are available at all the schools or online at  https://www.freshtix.com/events/annie-  $7 General Admission.

Rockland vs. Abington Unified Basketball

March 13, 2019

When the high school basketball season  ends, it is time for one more game: the annual Unified Basketball game.  In the Unified game Rockland High School players join up with their Pathways teammates to take on arch-rival Abington!

This year once again there was plenty of action, many made and missed shots and even some defense.  But more importantly, there was a lot of fun as Abington and Rockland went back and forth until Abington pulled ahead, getting the win this year.

On hand were RHS athletic director Gary Graziano who emceed the game along with Brenda Folsom, RHS Physical Education Director who organized Rockland’s unified team.  The RHS students and basketball team members who assisted the Pathways players included: Ashley Murphy, Caroline and Julia Elie.  Also assisting were Jenna Burns, Nicole Blonde, Hunter Wardwell, Rashaad Jean, Pierre Comeau, Deiontay Kelley, Pierre Kelley, Antonio Gilstrap, and Patrick Moriarty.   Maggie Elie ran the scoreboard.  Refereeing were Dante Vasquez, Tyler Beatrice and John Ellard.

Rockland’s Pathway players were: Jake Swanson, Justin Pendleton, Nick Cara, Luci Pumphrey, Saige Clauss, Cailin Sullivan, Emily Grandmont, Anthony DiNino, Alex Anzivino, Dillon Doyle, Brianna Conley.

Abington’s players included: Christopher Hagerty, Eddie Holmes, Kim Oberlander, Gretchen Wronski, Dylan Spring and Declan Burns.

Rockland’s varsity girls basketball player, Ashley Murphy explained why she likes to play in the unified games.  “It gives kids the opportunity to participate in a real game. It provides the experience of competing with their friends, and have fun.”

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