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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.
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
Sean Vo, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday night, May 17, the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place. The ceremony started off in the cafeteria, where members, inductees, and their sponsors had dinner and exchanged gifts.
When the clock struck 7, the ceremony moved to the auditorium to begin the induction. NHS President Colleen McCarthy gave a brief introduction before calling up seniors Michael McPeck and Dana Peck to announce the honorary inductees of the 2017 National Honor Society. McPeck delivered a light-hearted speech to induct Ms. Melissa Shaughnessy, and Peck’s heartfelt speech inducted Mr. Patrick Finn.
NHS Secretary Noelle Atkins followed by calling the roles of each senior – each of the seniors’ full names, the college they plan to attend, and their future careers.
After McCarthy gave a rich history of National Honor Society, the next round of speeches came from four senior members of NHS who represented each of the four virtues that is the foundation of the Society. Sean Vo went first representing the virtue of Character, followed by Julia DiCenzo representing the virtue of Scholarship; next was Luana Lima representing Leadership, and the last of the virtues read by Mohammad Youssef representing Service. Each representative of the four virtues also had to use the flame from the torch to light their own smaller candle.
Following the four virtues was Jessica Lutts and her recitation of the “Exemplification of the Torch” poem, where she had to hold up the center candle, similar to the Statue of Liberty holding the torch, and recite a poem representing each of the four virtues.
After that heavily candle involved section of the ceremony, McCarthy inducted twenty juniors — Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Joseph Haughton, Harrison O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Rebekah Panaro, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jillian Schofield, Sean Sugrue, Isabella Uong, James White — and one senior, Matthew Rocha.
After the induction, senior members were recognized by McCarthy and Principal John Harrison, who handed the seniors a flower and a certificate respectively. The ceremony came to a close with the senior members and junior inductees forming the receiving line, and later making more memories during the time for dessert back in the cafeteria.
Although this is usually a more formal occasion, laughs still came with it, from honorary inductee speeches to the tense moment of lighting the candles and releasing that tension collectively when the candles, not the tablecloth, were successfully lit.
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.
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.
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!
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Last Wednesday, on May third in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall the graduating members of the RHS Student Government Council held their final gathering to reflect upon the 2016-2017 academic year.
After two videos highlighting this past year in the club, awards were given to many, as well as many speeches coming from the SGC E-Board. The seniors had to say goodbye to a club many of the graduating members have been involved with since freshman year.
BEST COMMITTEE CHAIR (The Krystal Cowing Award) Hannah Murphy
INNOVATION AWARD (The Elizabeth DuRoss Award) Jillian Donahue
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (The Pat Fanning Award) Macie Jones
SEMASC AWARD (The Renee Ceurvels Award) Shawn Ward
MASC AWARD (The Kelsey Lewis Award) Jillian Donahue
BEST REPRESENTATIVE (The Aleksa Cieri Award) Caitlin Cameron
BEST HEAD REPRESENTATIVE (The Casey Regan Award) Francisco Oliveira
BEST CLASS PRESIDENT ( The Joshua May Award) Kaylee Patten
BEST SENIOR: Leo Field
BEST JUNIOR: Jaymie Atkins
BEST SOPHOMORE: Justin Sherlock
BEST FRESHMAN: Madeline Gear
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.”
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.
Jasmin Morse, Website Editor
Tomorrow night at 7 pm in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall, Rockland High School’s Student Government Council will be hosting their annual end of the year banquet.
During this time the club will be reflecting upon this year’s accomplishments and memories. Speeches will be given by all senior board members as well as president of each class. Multiple awards will be given out to a few of the star SGC members.
The event will also include the senior members’ last energizer, and will end with the passing of the gavel from 2016-2017 SGC president, Noelle Atkins, to 2017-2018 president, Hannah Murphy.
photos courtesy of Kristen Walsh
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Over this April Vacation, alongside the Guatemala Trip, other RHS students and staff traveled to England, Ireland and Scotland.
The trip consisted of 46 students chaperoned by six RHS faculty members. According to the leader of the RHS Travel Club, Kristen Walsh, everything went well. She said, “[The kids] had good attitudes, were open minded.” She also reflected upon the awesome tour guides they had that were funny, yet extremely informative about places and history that might be unfamiliar to most students.
Ms. Walsh said the crowd favorite was probably Edinburgh in Scotland. She explained that the city was very different from the ones we are used to here. In Scotland, they visited Edinburgh Castle.
Another beloved spot was London, England where they spent three days. One of the favorite spots on the trip was the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, that they visited at night. She said it gave them a “cool view.”
They also spent four days in Ireland: two days in Northern Ireland, as well as two in Dublin. In Northern Ireland they spent some time at Giant’s Causeway, a formation of rocks the students had the opportunity to climb.Ms. Walsh explained she thoroughly enjoyed the tour guides who discussed subjects like the problems and conflicts that have taken place in the country, and made them funny and enjoyable to learn about.
It was an enjoyable trip that also gave cultural and historical lessons to the Rockland High School students.