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RHS Goes to Japan!

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


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RHS Travel Club provided by EF Tours. photo by Jasmin Morse

In 11 days the RHS Travel Club is bringing a group of juniors and sophomores to an exciting summer trip to Japan.

Unlike most school trips, RHS is venturing out to explore and immerse themselves in the Asian culture. This is not only foreign to the students, but the clubs advisers as well! Both Travel Club advisers Kristen Walsh and Samantha Hoyo will be taking their first trip to Japan along with the students involved.

Like many going on the trip, junior Caitlin Cameron, although very excited for the food, especially the sushi, is most intrigued in seeing the great architecture Japan has to offer.

Don’t forget if you are taking part in this trip, there is a mandatory meeting after school today!


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


RHS Students Compete in 2018 Envirothon

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief


The Rockland High School Environmental Club recently took part in their third annual Massachusetts Envirothon. This year the event took place on May 18 at  Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Mass.

The Rockland Team, coached by RHS science teacher Angela Armstrong, included: Jad Bendarkawi, Sean Fitzgerald, Tyler Gambon, Saoirse and Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Michelle Ramoska, Sean Sugrue, Zach Webb and Hannah Wyllie.

In Uxbridge, students competed at different ecostations in which they demonstrated their knowledge about the environment based on research they had done throughout the year.

After being split up into sub-teams, they rotated through four ecostations where they answered written questions and engaged in hands-on activities such as soil analysis, wildlife habitat assessment, tree identification, and water quality measures.

At the fifth station, the Current Issue, each school gave a 15-minute presentation on “Partnering with Nature in Watersheds” to a panel of judges. Each team researched the Current Issue in their own community in preparation for their presentation. Rockland presented their research and action plan investigating the North and South River Watersheds.

Each panel of judges included concerned citizens and environmental professionals from government agencies, non-profit organizations, academia and private industry. Teams were asked to assess water infrastructure resources and needs, identify an important partnering opportunity, and make specific recommendations for action.

This week the Rockland Team was notified that they had received a Community Action and Community Research Award from the Mass. Envirothon.  They were one of 12 teams to receive the awards. Will Snyder, a board member of Mass. Envirothon congratulated Rockland’s team members for their presentation about the North and South River Watershed.  Snyder cited the team’s work with the Rockland Board of Selectmen, and other town officials in investigating the pollutants that run-off into the tributaries that flow into the watershed.  The team provided data that the town will use in its annual EPA report.

Sophomore Tyler Gambon noted, “Our recent success has only made us more ready for next year.”

The team has already started planning and learning for next year’s competition. Sophomore Hannah Wyllie said, “We have actually already started working on next year’s topic, ‘Growing Abundant, Affordable, Nutritious Food in Massachusetts.’ We are always looking for more teammates as well!”



SGC Banquet Wraps Up the Year

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


With the Class of 2018 graduation right around the corner, Student Government Council held its final meeting of the 2017-2018 year last Wednesday May 9 in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall.

Before the meeting, members brought in baked goods and snacks to munch on while socializing and reminiscing about the year the club had. Once everyone finished up, members met family and friends in the Lecture Hall to watch a video summing up the events and meetings from the past year.

After that, awards were given out (listed below) to those who showed excellent participation and truly stood out in the eyes of the advisers, Joanne White and Jill Delaney along with SGC leaders, Big 5.

Once awards ended speeches were given by the SGC Executive Board. The E-Board includes the class presidents, class head representatives, SGC historian, SEMASC representative, committee chairs, and Big 5.

At the close of the evening, 2017-2018 President, senior Hannah Murphy passed on her presidential duties to junior Caitlin Cameron who was elected at the previous meeting. Through the passing of the gavel, SGC initiated the beginning of the 2018-2019 SGC year.

Most Outstanding Awards

Freshman: Lauren Dracchio

Sophomore: Kaitlin Buckley

Junior: Jasmin Morse

Senior: Hannah Boben

Most Spirited:

Junior, John Ellard


Sophomore, Jacob Leahy

The MASC Award:

Sophomore, Lara Glennon

Unsung Hero Award:

Junior, Sarah Pollard

Go To Guy Awards

Unified Spirit: Sophomore, Taylor Anzivino

Finance and Fundraising: Junior, Marissa Smith

Community Service: President-Elect and Junior, Caitlin Cameron

Student Services: Sophomore, Haley Nee

“Where Do I Begin?” Award:

Vice President and Senior, Jillian Donahue

Most Trustworthy Award:

Treasurer and Senior, Macie Jones

The Humanitarian Award:

President and Senior, Hannah Murphy

The Take One For the Team Award:

Francisco Oliveira

The Awkward Award:

Jaymie Atkins

Seniors Take Their Final Bows

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief


The end of the year is in sight, and for the seniors in the Music Dept., so are their performances at RHS. Seniors Ryan Mott, Ryan Struzziery, Erin Field, Stephanie Blaney, Madison Parlee, Jocelyn Reera, Max Sheppard, Seth Rosczewski, and Rebekah Panaro took their final bow after Saturday’s matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz.

The musical was performed Friday night and Saturday afternoon in the RMS/RHS auditorium starring the four seniors mentioned above as well as freshman, Emily Gabiorault as Dorothy.

Mott played the Cowardly Lion, Struzziery was the Scarecrow, Panaro was the Tin Man, and Reera was part of the ensembles. Blaney was the head of choreography and Parlee was in charge of stage management. Sheppard coordinated audio and Rosczewski handled lighting in the booth.

All in all, the musical had outstanding vocals, extravagant costumes, and spectacular acting that the cast, staff, and the large audiences will never forget.


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.

RHS Lax Gives Back to Town

Matt Dalton, Veritas Staff


two on a truck

Peter Coleman and Will Breadmore

Mother Nature has really been spoiling us on the South Shore recently and this weekend was no exception. With the beautiful weather here could anyone think of anything better to do than participate in the Rockland Town Clean Up? The Rockland Boys Lacrosse team certainly didn’t think so, because early Saturday morning they participated in this town event.

The boys lacrosse team participated in the annual Rockland Clean-up Day

Almost two dozen RHS lacrosse players grabbed their trash bags and went up and down the streets of Rockland finding any and all the wrappers, bottles, cans, etc. they could to better maintain the beauty of our town. This is the team’s way of giving back to the town that has been supporting and cheering them on for so long.

The whole event was a massive success that really made a difference around the streets of Rockland. The lacrosse team joined together with close to 100 volunteers to clean up the Rockland Rail Trail, Union Street, the Town Forest, Market Street, Center Avenue and other areas in town.   The event yielded approximately 200 bags of trash and recycling, two truckloads of large items, and eight Christmas trees. 

The day was topped off with a cookout held outside of the town hall that gave everyone a little reward for their hard work in the form of burgers and dogs.

RHS lacrosse coach, and Highway Dept. Superintendent, David Taylor explained, “The kids put this together themselves and I am proud of them.”

The day showed all of Rockland that RHS athletes really take pride in their town and are grateful for the many supporters that call Rockland home.

lacrosse team clean up

The boys lacrosse team took part in Rockland’s annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 28.

The Clean Up was sponsored by the Town of Rockland Park Department, REiMAGINE ROCKLAND, and the Open Space Committee.  Home Depot and Stop & Shop both offered corporate sponsorships.  Home Depot provided supplies and staff members to assist the effort.  Stop & Shop donated food for the volunteer barbecue that took place after the clean-up was completed on the Town Hall front plaza. The Rockland Lions generously donated their time to cook the food for the barbecue to thank volunteers.

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