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Spirit Week will continue on Jan. 4 for Cohort B

Spirit Week for Cohort B will be this coming week: Jan. 4-8.

Greta Willis, Veritas Staff

Spirit Week is one of the many fun traditions students look forward to each year. But, as the already complicated school year continued in December, it fell under the “postponed” category. 

Originally,  this event was supposed to be split into two separate weeks for each cohort. Cohort A’s Spirit Week was able to happen last week.  Unfortunately for Cohort B, their week was the same week the high school had to switch back to full remote.

Now that the school has announced going back to hybrid mode, Cohort B will be back in school on Jan. 4 and will be able to participate in Spirit Week in the coming week.

Miku Yoshioka, a senior and member of SGC, shared her experience in bringing Spirit Week to life during this unprecedented time.

“Just like any other year, Spirit Week has always been hectic, from what days we wanted, to the participation of our student body.”

She added, “This year it was hard, due to the council having to be flexible with the pandemic. We made it so both cohorts are able to show their school spirit.”

Freshman Joey Gallagher commented on the freshmen class’ first high school experience. “I liked the groutfit day because it was nice to wear something comfortable. In the future I would like to see a sports or jersey day.”

Seniors from left to right: Gianna Gervasi, Meghan Hoblitzelle, Jaelyn Glavin, and Katelyn Fitzgerald showed their class colors during Cohort A’s Spirit Week. photo by Lauren Draicchio

Despite the setbacks, junior Gabriella Gambon was excited to show her spirit amidst the chaos. “I overall liked the Spirit Week days this year even though I didn’t participate in all of them. I feel that a lot of people enjoyed comfy day including myself. My favorite day of the week had to definitely be decades day. I don’t think a lot of people participated, but I personally liked it.”

She also said, “Character day was my least favorite day because I just didn’t want to dress up as a character. That’s just not my thing. I really wanted to do camouflage day, but sadly I don’t own any camouflage patterned clothing.” 

She concluded, “Class color day is always a classic and I love to see everyone with their class shirts, having school spirit!”

It has been difficult when every day is almost unpredictable, but the students at RHS have been working hard while maintaining a positive attitude through it all. 

Below are some photos courtesy of Lauren Draicchio and Twitter photos from Cohort A.

‘Tis the Season

December 21, 2020

Each year at this time the Rockland High School Band presents its annual Holiday Concert in our auditorium. While social distancing and the pandemic would not allow that to happen this year, the RHS Concert Band students found a way to bring us some holiday spirit with this virtual recording of “Let It Snow” in their video: “Tis the Season.”

These are our Concert Band students: Hugo DaSilva, Mia Gomes, Robert Ivil, Emma Krog, Kathleen Nee, Adam Pollard, Conor Quackenbush, William Robinson and Zachary Solomon.  John Piazza, RHS Band Director explained that the video was created by the students. He said, “The class recorded and filmed their parts.” Mr. Piazza then mixed and edited their performances.  The rendered product was sent to WRPS’ Dave Cable-Murphy who posted the final video on YouTube.

And here is their performance!

“A Medley of Monologues” Presented by Theatre Department

Dec. 2, 2020

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Although this year looks a little different, there is one thing we can all agree upon – The Show Must Go On, or at least according to the Rockland High School Theatre Department.

This fall, Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio, directors of the RHS Drama team  came up with an idea to put together a production with the Drama Club students. Ms. White explained, “We needed to figure out a safe, manageable way to put together a production that still allowed students to be creative. We wanted to make it as supportive as possible for them with everything going on.”

Students had the option to choose or write their very own monologue. It took about three weeks to put together with virtual rehearsals, virtual meetings and recordings.   Christopher Burnieika of WRPS helped record it.

The final product is called “A Medley of Monologues.”   (Video link here)

Performers included:

Alex Anzivino as the Smoldering Spencer from “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Elias Carbone performing The Circle of Life from “The Lion King”

Anthony DiNino wrote and performed a personal monologue – “The Multiplication Train”

Dillon Doyle crushed it as Buddy the Elf from the hit movie “Elf”

Callie Gillan performed a dramatic monologue from “True Crime”

McKenna Maher nailed it with her performance from “Pretty”

Fiona Overstreet performed a comedic monologue from “The First Dear Evan Hansen Letter”

Ben Pattison had us all laughing as Louis from “Hot Dogs”

Jonah Pishkin wrote and performed an inspirational monologue called “Fear, Chaos, Pain”

Luci Pumphrey presented a dramatic performance as Linda from “Pay Attention”

Cailin Sullivan closed the show with her dynamite performance as Lyndsey McElroy from the comedy show, “Two and a Half-Men.”

The students took the new challenge head-on and recorded an outstanding performance of “A Medley of Monologues.” Enjoy!

A Medley of Monologues

Directors Ms. White and Ms. DiCanzio

Get ready for Spirit Week


Student Government Council has announced that next week will begin a celebration of Spirit Week. The week of Dec. 7 – 11 will be for Cohort A and the following week, Dec. 14-18, will be for Cohort B. Principal Harrison is encouraging all, including faculty and staff to participate.

The first day will be Comfy Day/Groutfit* Day.  Check back to see photos of each day!

(*Groutfit means wearing outfits that are all gray in color!)


Bulldog Apparel Store Now Open

December 3, 2020

The Student Government Council at RHS has announced the opening of their on-line Bulldog apparel store.

Junior Maria Pala who is the SGC member overseeing the store answered some questions from the Veritas. “I was put in charge of the project, but I was working closely with our advisor, Mrs. Bartoloni, and I had a lot of help from my committee members with choosing designs.”

She also explained,”The money will go towards the SGC so we can host more school wide events in the future.  Our store is only online and the deadline for orders is December 11th.”

Orders will be delivered after Christmas.  Here is the link for the store: Bulldog Apparel Store

If you have any questions, contact Maria at

Student Government’s New Big 5!

Emily Gaboriault (Queen of Hearts) and Miku Yoshioka at Project Pumpkin last year. They will lead SGC this year as two leaders of the Big 5. Veritas file photo

On Wednesday September 30th, the RHS Student Government Council elected their new Big 5!

President: Senior, Miku Yoshioka

Vice President: Senior, Emily Gaboriault

Secretary: Junior, Gabriella Gambon

Treasurer: Junior, Maddie Smith

Publicity coordinator: Junior, Carolayne Lage

Treasurer, Maddie Smith says, “It’s nice to be one of the leaders of STUCO now. I can have more of a say in the events and can help to make the school an even better place!”

Vice President, Emily Gaboriault says,”This has been a goal of mine since freshman year and to finally be able to say I am on Big 5 is a dream come true!”

Student government advisor, Mrs. Bartoloni, states, “This year’s elected board members and Big Five are all very driven young ladies who are looking to find creative ways to make this untraditional year the best one yet.”

These Bigs 5 ladies plan to lead student government during these difficult times to ensure that this year is full of fun, safe, and inclusive activities the whole school and community can enjoy.



National Honor Society Induction 2020

President of National Honor Society, Senior Jad Bendarkawi, served as master of ceremonies for the NHS Induction. Five seniors and 10 juniors were inducted on July 30, 2020. Twenty-five seniors in all make up the roll of the NHS.

Dr. Harrison handed out certificates to seniors.

On July 30, 2020 at 7PM, Rockland High School inducted five seniors and ten juniors into the National Honor Society. Twenty five current senior members were also present at the ceremony, along with friends, family, and multiple staff members to support new and old members of the Society.

In order to deliver a safe induction, the number of guests were limited to immediate family only. Families along with students had to remain six feet apart throughout the induction, and all attendees were required to wear a face mask upon their attendance.

To start off the ceremony, previous and new members entered the stadium led by Jad Bendarkawi, the Class of 2020 National Honor Society president. After giving the pledge, Jad delivered an introduction of the National Honor Society, along with a history of the societies background. Following Jad’s speech, the class of 2020 secretary, Madeline Gear announced the senior roll call, to congratulate the members on their college acceptances. Following roll call, Virtues were presented by the following students:

Character: Zach Webb

Scholarship: Katy Buckley

Leadership: Tyler Gambon

Service: Julia Yeadon

Led by Jad, the new inductees recited a pledge in order to become members. Following the pledge, Jad presented the pins to the new inductees, and principal Dr. John Harrison presented certificates to all senior members.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, students, families, and faculty members had the opportunity for photos. Inductees were able to receive gifts from their sponsors, which could have been a faculty member, or an immediate family member that had attended the ceremony.

Senior Members (25)

Melyssa Almedia
Stephanie Beatrice
Jad Bendarkawi, President
Mathew Bruzzese, Treasurer
Katy Buckley
Maria Ciano
Kerin Dalton
Jessica DeMarco
Jillian Dorney
Caroline Elie
Tyler Gambon
Madeline Gear, Secretary
Nicolle Gudiel Winter
Melanie Harris
Tyler Johnson
Sarah McLellan
Sabrina Morgan
Dhruvi Patel
Alyssa Patten
Dakota Pike
Oliver Reera
Zachary Webb
Hannah Wyllie, Vice President
Julia Yeadon
Danting Zhu
Class of 2020
Kerin Dalton
Melanie Harris
Sarah McLellan
Dhruvi Patel
Dakota Pike
Class of 2021 
Jared Allen
Grace Henry
Robert Ivil III
Chloe Jones
Ann Kelley
Althea Olsen
Hannah Rich
Cullen Rogers
Greta Russo
Zachary Soloman


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