Category Archives: Clubs / Activities

RHS Students Travel to Guatemala on Service Trip


Eighteen Rockland High School students traveled to , Guatemala on Saturday, Feb 17 to Saturday, Feb. 24.

They were accompanied by RHS teachers, Chad Bigsby, Kata Medeiros, Jill Delaney, and Amanda Lanigan

The students and staff went to help Worthy Village organization volunteers to implement clean water, health, and hygiene programs for the poor, indigenous people of rural Guatemala.

Junior Ashley Murphy was one of the eighteen who went and Veritas reporters, Haiden Fiore and Emily Marquis interviewed her before and after the trip as seen in the video below.

The students who participated included:Jaymie Atkins, Kate Burke, Lexi Coulstring, Meghan Dion, Jill Donahue, Leah Drago, John Ellard, Brianne Ferraro, Sean Fitzgerald, Mary Flaherty, Hope Geary, Jake Leander, Meri Long, Carolyn McCarthy, Ronan McNally, Ashley Murphy, Joe Naughton, Sabrina Sprague


Images Magazine Nationally Recognized

Sean Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Kelly are editors of Images Literary Magazine this year. Veritas photo

Shane Rosczewski


Images Magazine, has been selected to receive a rank of Excellent in the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Receiving congratulations were advisors Chad Bigsby and Chris Neal, and the students who produced this exemplary publication. The NCTE said, “You have inspired a love of writing and built a community around the written word that your students will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The mission of NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines, inspiring excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.

372 schools across the country submitted their publications to the program.  Images was one of eight to receive an Excellent ranking in Massachusetts.

Last year’s editors, Lauren Zaremba and Lulu Lima (Class of 2017) were cited for their contributions.

This year the senior editor is Sean Fitzgerald and the junior editor is Elizabeth Kelley. They are working together to carry on the tradition of excellence that the magazine has attained.

Anyone may be a part of Images and can submit artwork, poetry or stories.    Images’ on-line webzine can be found here.

A sample from the last Images’ webzine is below.

Bringing the Community Together at Unified Bocce

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


Every year, the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization hosts an Unified Bocce Tournament. This past Sunday, Jan. 29, was the second consecutive year RHS has hosted this event.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. At the event, 15 schools participated in the tourney and 15 others came to support and cheer on the Special Olympians.

In total, the MASC and the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization sponsored event had 40, four person teams participating from all over Massachusetts.

At the event hosted by our SGC president, Hannah Murphy, attendees could buy items from concessions, raffles, an Olympic village, and lunch which were all provided by Rockland Student Government. In the end, all proceeds went back to the Special Olympics.

At the Opening Ceremony, RHS Special Olympian, Anthony DiNino carried in the torch and was accompanied by school resource officer, Ethan Schnabel.

Here, Patti Doherty, the Massachusetts Director of Schools and youth engagement reminded students councils about the upcoming Polar Plunge. All proceeds will go to Special Olympics and the set goal is to raise over $50,000 at the event.

Doherty concluded at the close of the event, there was over 500 attendees to the event, marking it to be the largest Bocce Tournament to be held by the Special Olympics. Also stating, “we are lucky to have had Rockland host the tournament the last two years.”

Mock Trial Makes Its Way to Court

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


mock trial team on way to meet

The Rockland High School Mock Trial team gets ready on Jan. 25 to travel to Brockton District Court where they will compete in a mock trial meet against Thayer Academy. Top left to right: Annie Kelley, Emmy Kelley, Maddie Gear, Hannah Wyllie. Bottom left to right, Molly Boggs, Caitlin Cameron, Marissa Smith, Jasmin Morse, Kate Burke, and Harry Hunter. Veritas photo

After months of preparation, the RHS Mock Trial Club finally made its way to Brockton District Court to face off against Thayer Academy yesterday, Jan. 25.

In this trial, RHS took the role of plaintiff. Acting as attorneys were senior, Harry Hunter, junior, Jasmin Morse, and first timers, sophomores, Molly Boggs and freshman, Annie Kelley. Witnesses were first timers, sophomores Hannah Wyllie, Maddie Gear, and junior, Kate Burke.

In the end, RHS won the verdict of the case after great preparation and hard work with assistance from advisers, Greg Rowe and Randal Grimmett.

Poetry Out Loud: Results

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


Every winter RHS competes in the Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud program that allows high school students to compete against each other in the art of poetical recitation.  From this, placing students are rewarded with scholarship money.

Students start off in the town level competition. From there, the first place student goes on to compete in the Southeast Regional competition, March 4, in South Yarmouth. Then, the top six from regionals go on to the state wide competition, which will take place March 11. The top placer from the state competition then meet their final destination,  facing the top placer from each state in Washington D.C. where they will compete on the national level.

Here at RHS, the competition took place last Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 pm in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall. The event was hosted by head of the English Department, Carol Cahill. Judging the competition were Karen Bonn, Jack Carey, Bill Boyer, and Amy Woodward. Judging the participant’s accuracy was RHS English teacher, Kristen Walsh.

The eight students competing Friday night  included: Kellie Berry, Eden Dalton, Olivia Elie, John Ellard, Mardally Freitas, Emily Gaboriault, Joe Lauria, and Jocelyn Reera.

Out of these eight strong competitors, scholarships were awarded to the top three contestants. Coming in third place was senior Kellie Berry. Placing second was junior John Ellard, and moving on to the regional competition is senior Eden Dalton.

Poetry Out Loud Tonight!

Come watch your favorite Bulldogs battle for Poetry Out Loud supremacy!  

The winner will go on to Regional Competition next month!!

Eighth Grade Open House: Total Success!

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


As the thought of high school starts to dawn on the Class of 2022, RHS took the opportunity to hold an open house for the incoming eighth graders last night, Jan. 10.

This year, RHS Principal, John Harrison decided to switch things up a bit at Open House with the introduction of a quick video to go over all the educational departments here at RHS.

After a greeting by Athletic Director, Gary Graziano, Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding, RHS seniors Jill Donahue and Zachary Peterson, and a panel discussion held by students to talk about RHS culture, parents and eighth graders went to the cafeteria where they had the opportunity to learn more about the clubs and activities available here at the high school.

In the cafeteria, RHS students came to be able to meet the eighth graders and discuss clubs and sports they are apart of to show them that there is something for everyone here at Rockland High School.

Principal Harrison concluded that he was pleased overall with the turn-out, the student involvement, and the professionalism of the informative presentations. All in all, the Open House was a success. With a higher attendance than previous years and more student involvement, the eighth graders and their parents left the school last night feeling more informed about life here at RHS.

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