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End of the Year Wrap Up

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

6-15-18

Now that classes are over here at RHS, the Veritas took a moment to reflect on the last few months. From graduation to sports reports, its been a busy last few months for all the students and faculty involved.

Here’s the link of our 2018 wrap up.

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RHS Goes to Japan!

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

6-13-18

travel posters

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!

2018 Underclassmen Academic Awards

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

6-11-18

At the end of each school year, RHS holds an academic underclassmen awards ceremony in which three RHS alumni are inducted into the RHS Hall of Fame, and the present outstanding scholars are honored for their achievements.

New to this year’s ceremony was the location. This year, the ceremony was held in our very own RHS/RMS auditorium where students and families joined together to honor the evening’s award recipients.

Principal Dr. John Harrison announced each award winner and assistant principal Kathy Paulding and dean Fredrick Damon presented the awards, along with teachers from each department.

Awards 2018:

National Leadership Award (formerly I Dare You Award) – Meghan Dion

Rensselaer Medal Scholarship Award – Mathematics and Science – John Ellard III

Recognition of Math Team – Grade 11- Tyler Beatrice, Krysta Doherty, John Ellard III, Bonnie Gasdia, Michelle Ramoska, Kara Sullivan, Angelina Vuong Grade 10  – Jessica Demarco, Cynthia Elliott, Matthew Griffin, Tyler Johnson, Krystal LaFrance, Sabrina Morgan, Zachary Webb – Grade 9 – none

 Art Awards:  Elizabeth Kelley – Special Congressional Participation Recognition from the 9th District Congressional Art Competition

Art All State – Elizabeth Kelley

High Honors Three Terms This Year: Grade 11 – John Ellard III; Grade 10 –Sean Belmonte, Kathryn Buckley, Tyler Gambon, Tyler Johnson, Zachary Webb; Grade 9 – Jared Allen, Julia DeLima, Bridget Hughes, Ann Kelley, Devin Cavicchi, Mardally Freitas, Russell Jones, Cullen Rogers

St. Michael’s College Book Award – Tyler Beatrice, Sarah Pollard

 Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:

JuniorsKrysta Doherty, George Selados III

Sophomores:  Melyssa AlmeidaStephanie Beatrice, Jad Bendarkawi, Jakob Benson, Makayla Berardi, Mathew Bruzzese, Kathryn Buckley, Riley Cadogan, Nicholas Cedrone, Maria Ciano, Kerin Dalton, Jessica DeMarco, Caroline Elie, Cynthia Elliott, Elyse Finerty, Ashley Gallagher, Tyler Gambon, Madeline Gear, Melanie Harris, Frank Hawe III, Kyley Houde, Tyler Johnson, Ashley Kelly, Maryn Monett, Sabrina Morgan,  Hannah Murphy, Alyssa Patten, Jordan Pierce, Dakota Pike, Oliver Reera,  Lorena Soldevilla, Troy Therrien, Zachary Webb, Hannah Wyllie, Julia Yeadon

 Leadership Awards

Boys State – John Ellard III, Justin Sherlock (Boys & Girls State 6/16-22/2018)

Girls State – Elizabeth Kelley, Sarah Pollard @Stonehill College, Easton

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award  – Julia Yeadon

Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award – Kathryn Buckley

ART

Gr.     9      Julia DeLima, McKenzie Tsiantoulas

Gr.   10      Neleh Dunn, Bryce Taylor

Gr.   11      Sarah Pollard

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Gr. 9          Nicholas Earner

Gr. 10        Lorena Soldevilla

COMMUNICATION/DIGITAL MEDIA

Gr.   11      Molly Grass

ENGLISH

 Gr.     9      James Tsiantoulas, Cullen Rogers

Gr.   10      Cynthia Elliott, Jordan Pierce

Gr.   11      multi-winners

 FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE

 Gr.     9      Austin Woods, Mariyah Velez

Gr.   10      Pierre Comeau, Erin Kearns

Gr.   11      Josie Hatch, Michael Norris

WORLD LANGUAGE/Spanish 

Gr.     9      Grace Henry

Gr.   10      Kathryn Buckley, Melyssa Almeida

Gr.   11      multi-winners

WORLD LANGUAGE/French 

Gr.     9      Hissam Dubois

Gr.   10      Nicolle Ligia Gudiel Winter

Gr.  11      Francisco Oliveira

HEALTH 

Gr.     9      Gianna Gervasi, Zackary Phripp

MATHEMATICS

Gr.     9      multi-winners

Gr.   10      Sean Belmonte

Gr.   11      Matthew McPartlin

MUSIC

Gr.     9      Zachary Solomon, Emily Gaboriault

Gr.   10      Kayla Mantell

Gr.   11      Mireese Wilson, Mercedez Johnson

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Gr.   10      Stephanie Beatrice

Gr.   11      Daniel McHugh, George Selados III

SCIENCE

Gr.     9      Samuel Nascimento, Althea Olsen

Gr.   10      Hannah Wyllie

Gr.   11      multi-winners

PRE-ENGINEERING/ROBOTICS

Gr.     9      Catherine Hailer

Gr.   10      Joseph Messier

Gr.   11      Mark Sprague

HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE

Gr.     9      Greta Russo

Gr.   10      Zachary Webb, Julia Yeadon

Gr.   11      Megan Diver

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Gr.     9      Nicholas Leander

Gr.   10      Noah Coughlin

Gr.   11      Anthony DeCecco 

MULTI-AWARD WINNERS

Gr.     9            Devin Cavicchi World Language/Spanish, Mathematics

                        Jared Allen World Language/French, History/Social Science

                        Russell Jones Computer Science, Mathematics

Gr.   10            Kerin Dalton World Language/French, Music

                        Oliver Reera  Mathematics, Pre-Engineering/Robotics

                        Zachary Belcher Physical Education, Science

                                                  Austin Woods Family Consumer Science, Science

 

Gr.   11            Tyler Beatrice  World Language/Spanish, Pre-Engineering/Robotics

                        Jasmin Morse Communication/Digital Media, English

                        Elizabeth Kelley Art, World Language/French

                        Michelle Ramoska English, Mathematics, Science

                        Leah Drago Science, World Language/Spanish, History/Social Science

OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS

Grade       9      Ann Kelley

Grade     10      Tyler Gambon

Grade     11      John Ellard III

Speedball Tourney 2018

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

God's Children and Quirks

From left: Pearse McNally, Ryan Quirk, Matt Ryan, Harrison Shields, Mike Leavitt, Matt Clougherty, Andrew Frazier. In front are Mr. and Mrs. Quirk, Justin Nguyen, and Dylan Bernache. photo courtesy of Ms. Walsh.

thunder donkeys and gods children

From left: Thunder Donkeys: Matt O’Brien, Gavyn White, Jon Barr, Joe Campanile, Mark Shields, Liam Lenihan, Sam Gray, far right Harry O’Brien, in front, Kevin Fennell.   God’s Children: back left: Pearse McNally, Matt Ryan, Harrison Shields, Mike Leavitt, Matt Clougherty, Andrew Frazier.  Front: Justin Nguyen and Dylan Bernache.

6-11-18

After three days of long hard battles against fourteen of Rockland’s finest speedball teams, God’s Children reigned supreme yet again this year. At the fourth annual Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball tournament that took place in the RHS gym this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, nearly $4,000 was raised for the annual scholarship that is awarded to a graduating senior in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk, Class of 2015.

On Saturday, the final morning of the tournament, it came down to six teams after two days of brutal battle amongst the teams.

This year, out of the 14 teams, it came down to the two beloved veteran teams: the Thunder Donkeys and God’s Children. In the end, God’s Children won making this year their third championship in all.

For more information go here.

Class of 2018 Graduation, June 1, 2018

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

6-7-18

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

 

Senior Awards Night Held on May 31

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan Cron presents the Valedictorian Medal to Class of 2018 graduate Sean Sugrue photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Class of 2018 academic and athletic awards were announced in a ceremony on Thursday night (May 31) in the auditorium at Rockland High School.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the Valedictory Award to Sean Sugrue. Sugrue’s academic excellence throughout his four years at Rockland High School is well-known and admired by his teachers and peers.
For a profile of Sean written by Veritas reporter Jasmin Morse, go here.
The awards garnered by students in the Class of 2018 provided a night to remember prior to their graduation held on Friday night June 1 at 7 pm.
Below are the Athletic Awards presented by Assistant Athletic Director Richard MacAllister.  Award winners are selected by all the athletic coaches, Athletic Director, Gary Graziano and  MacAllister.
The Woman’s Coaches Award: Margaret Jones.

The Vicki Solari Award: Natalie Draicchio.

The John Bell Bulldog Award: Jaymie Atkins and James Fitzgerald.

The Louis Cifello Award: Joseph Campanile and Jonathan Baar.

Sydney McKenna

The Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Awards: Sydney McKenna, Christopher Penney, and Devin Gallagher.

Chris Penney received the Warren Najarian Award from Mr. MacAllister.

The John Delorey Awards: Erin Field, Hannah Boben, and Harrison O’Brien.

The Charles E. Leverone Award: Seth Rosczewski.

The Senior Female Athletic Award: Erika Ochenduszko.

The Peter J. Crowley Award: Matthew O’Brien.

The Robert Ellis Award: Aiden Glennon.

Lily Matson received the Marion Mansfield Donovan Award for a distinguished scholar-athlete

The Marion Mansfield Donovan Award: Lily Matson.

The Joseph Dondero Award: Aiden Glennon.

The Dr. Joseph Dunn Award: James White.

Silver Bowl winners signifying 12 varsity letters in four years: from left: Jimmy Fitzgerald, Matty O’Brien, Arianna Roosa and Natalie Draicchio. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Silver Bowl Winners: Arianna Roosa, Matthew O’Brien, James Fitzgerald, and Natalie Draicchio.

Following are awards that reflect students’  contributions to the life and community of Rockland and Rockland High School:

The Patrick J. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship: Matthew O’Brien.

The Good Guy Scholarship (in memory of Jared Quirk): Joseph Campanile and Jacob Lauria.

The Robert J. and Christine M. Biggins Courage Award: Rebekah Panaro.

The George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship: Jillian Schofield.

Natalie Draicchio receives the Matthew Pollini Scholarship from his parents. Adrienne Donovan photo

The Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Scholarship: Natalie Draicchio.

The Skarbeck Bober Teacher Scholarship: Natalie Draicchio.

The Jimbo Award: Joseph Yeadon.

Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship: Jaymie Atkins and Hannah Murphy.

The John Mahoney Memorial Award: William Breadmore.

The Edward Sokolowski Award Scholarship: Kellie Berry.

The Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award: Macie Jones and Aiden Glennon.

Mr. Rockland Scholarship: Louis Casey.

Spellman Oratorical Contest: Aiden Glennon, Erin Field, Sean Sugrue, Sean Fitzgerald, Stephanie Blaney, Kellie Berry, Brianna Ferraro, and Soairse McNally.

Madison Parlee receives The Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award from Richard Phelps. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Share the Spirit Award: Madison Parlee.

The Phoenix Award: Jayanna Holliman-Parham.

Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award: Madison Parlee.

Those who will enter the military in service to our country were recognized.  They are:

  • Nicholas Cousin, United States Marine Corp.

  • Erik Dutcher, United States Army

  • Christopher Kenney, United States Air Force

  • Jonathan Ronan, United States Army

Following are the academic award winners from the Class of 2018;

The Silver Key from the Scholastic Art Awards: Shannon Kelley

The Veritas Awards: Matthew O’Brien, Ryan Mott, Danielle O’Brien, Harrison O’Brien, and Mark Shields.

The Senior Academic Letters for Excellence in Education: Hannah Boben, Michelle Downey, Natalie Draicchio, Brian Driscoll, Brianna Ferraro, Ryan Kelley, Delaney Leahy, Sarah Lovell, Robert Rossman, and Nicholas Walker.

The Community Service Awards: Sean Sugrue and Ronan McNally.

The Excellence in Mathematics Awards: Alexander Domina, Rebecca Elliot, Sarah Lovell, Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Sean Sugrue, and Nicholas Walker.

High Honors the First Three Terms: Eden Dalton, Natalie Draicchio, Joseph Naughton, and Sean Sugrue.

Advanced Placement Scholars: Aiden Glennon, Meredith Long, and Lily Matson.

Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor: Joseph Naughton and Sabrina Sprague.

Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction: Ronan McNally and Sean Sugrue

The Senior Art Department Awards: Brian Driscoll and Alicia Williams.

The Communication and Digital Media Department Award: Matthew O’Brien and Zachary Peterson.

The Family and Consumer Science Department Award: Mark Shields.

The Social Science/History Department Award: Eden Dalton.

Alex Domina receives the Mathematics Achievement Award from Mr. Steve Casagrande

The Mathematics Department Award: Alexander Domina.

The Construction Technology Award: Jonathan Ronan and Erik Dutcher.

The Physical Education Department Award: Christopher Penny and Natalie Dracchio.

The Health Education Award: Jacob Lauria.

The Music Department Award: Erin Field and Ryan Struzziery.

The Robotics Award: Keith Wiley and Jacob Wright.

The Engineering Award: Ryan Kelley.

Ryan Kelley, right, receives the Engineering Award from Science department head, Sam Hoyo

The Computer Science Award: Robert Rossman.

The Science Department Award: Joseph Naughton and Isabelle Uong.

The Health and Family & Consumer Science Award: Jocelyn Reera.

From left: Carol Cahill, English Department Chair, Sean Sugrue, Melissa Shaughnessy, World Languages teacher and Ronan McNally. Sugrue and McNally received the Overall Academic Achiever Awards for the Class of 2018. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Overall Academic Achievement Award: Sean Sugrue and Ronan McNally.

Massachusetts Secondary School Administrator’s Association Student Achievement Award- Principal’s Award: Aiden Glennon.

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award: Ronan McNally.

RHS Students Compete in 2018 Envirothon

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

6-1-18

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!”

 

 

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