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Miss Rockland Crowned at Homecoming Game

The five nominees for Miss Rockland: from left: Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, Meghan Dion, Katy Burke and Alyssa Antoniewicz at halftime of the Homecoming game on Oct. 12.

October 15, 2018

Five senior girls were introduced to the fans at half-time of the Oct. 12 Homecoming Game as the nominees for Miss Rockland for this school year.

They are Alyssa Antoniewicz, Kathleen Burke, Caitlin Cameron, Meghan Dion, and Jasmin Morse.  The girls were nominated by faculty and staff at RHS; the senior class voted for Miss Rockland.  Nominees are seen as positive role models, academically sound, and respected by faculty and their peers.  In all, they make Rockland a better place to be.

Meghan Dion was crowned by Principal John Harrison as the 2018-19 Miss Rockland.

For more about each of the Miss Rockland nominees, check out our story in the print edition of the Veritas due out next week.



Pathways Students Participate in Unified Soccer

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


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Rockland and Abington had their annual Unified Soccer game last night, Oct. 10. A good time was had by all!!photo courtesy of Mr. Graziano.

At the Abington Frolio field last night, on Wednesday Oct. 10 Rockland’s Pathways program students participated in a unified soccer game against AHS’s special education program.

The event was planned by RHS Athletic Director, Gary Graziano in coordination with Abington’s athletics.

Here, the athletes from both the pathways program, RHS boys and girls soccer teams came together for a night of fun and fitness.

October, A Frighteningly Busy Month

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


The Class of 2019 will be competing for the roller coaster championship at next week’s Homecoming Pep Rally.

With fall sports in the heat of their seasons, Homecoming events revving into action, and extracurriculars in their prime, October is known to be one of the busiest months on the RHS calendar.

After the initial, semi-regular week, the second week of October is definitely one to note in your calendars. Monday, Oct 8 the school will be closed for Columbus Day. In addition, the following Tuesday will be closed as a professional day for the RHS staff.

Also on Tuesday, Oct. 9 RHS’s Student Government Council will be attending the annual fall Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Student Council (SEMASC) conference where junior Jacob Leahy will be running to be the 2019-2020 SEMASC president.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10 sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT’s in order to help prepare them for the SAT test most seniors have to submit as part of their college admissions applications. As for the freshmen and seniors, they get to come in at 11:25 a.m. after the testing has ended.

In addition, Wednesday is the start of Spirit Week. Wednesday will be dedicated to the decades, students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite decade.

After school Wednesday, the Unified Spirits committee and Rockland athletics partnered to plan a Unified Soccer game against Abington at five in Abington. Be sure to come and support our athletes!

Thursday is going to be Meme Day where everyone can dress up as their favorite meme or vine video.

Teams compete in the tug of war at last year’s pep rally.

Friday, Oct. 12 is one of the most important days here at RHS, Pep Rally and Homecoming Day. Students are encouraged to come to school decked out in their class colors and rep their class pride.

At the end of the school day, students will congregate in the gym for the pep rally where contests will be held, roller coasters will be ridden, and athletes will be recognized. Pep rally is planned in partnership with the athletics and Student Government Council’s Unified Spirit Committee which is led by junior, Lara Glennon.

Later on Friday night, the varsity football team will face Norwell in the Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7pm for the Homecoming Game.

From left: Hannah Murphy, Jaymie Atkins, Macie Jones, Lily Matson and Sydney McKenna. photo by Ryan Mott

At halftime, Miss Rockland nominees will be escorted onto the field where RHS Principal John Harrison will crown the 2018-2019 Miss Rockland. The winner will receive a scholarship and one of the best parking spots in the RMS/RHS parking lot. The nominees for Miss Rockland are Alyssa Antoniewicz, Kate Burke, Caitlin Cameron, Meg Dion, and Jasmin Morse.

The following night, the Homecoming Dance will take place in the RHS gym from 7-10 pm. Tickets are currently on sale at all three lunches for $10. The dance is put on by the Rockland Boosters. Be sure to grab your ticket and your dancing shoes!

Left to right the contestants of Mr. Rockland last year after the show: Ronan McNally, Jake Lauria, Aiden Glennon, Lou Casey, Chris Penney, Joe Lauria, Joey Yeadon and Elias Csubak.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 the Student Government Council’s Finance and Fundraising Committee headed by senior, Jasmin Morse is holding the annual Mr. Rockland pageant for senior boys. The event will be at 7pm in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The Mr. Rockland contestants are Justin Sherlock, Francisco Oliveira, Sean Morrissey, Matt Dalton, Giovan Soares, and John Ellard. The contestants will compete in the categories of attire, lip sync, talent, and a Q&A.

To wrap up the month, the annual Project Pumpkin community event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29. The event is directed by Sarah Pollard and her committee in Student Government Council. Here, the community is encouraged to come to the high school in their costumes and go trick-or-treating through the halls, or venture down the Haunted Hallway, and enjoy fun and games in the gym.

All in all, October is bound to be a busy month and one full of fun, laughter, and memories for all.


Students Walk for Breast Cancer, 2018

Approximately 150 students walked on Sunday, Sept. 30 to support the fight against breast cancer.

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


One of RHS’s favorite community service events, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, took place this past Sunday, Sept. 30 in Boston. This year’s Student Government Council partnered event was run by the Finance and Fundraising committee which is led by junior, Katy Buckley. Several teams including the cross country, girls and boys soccer, and volleyball teams also attended the event.

As is tradition, students gathered together in front of the high school decked out in pink at 6:45 Sunday morning and boarded buses to bring them to the location. Once there participants had the option to walk the one or five mile route that runs along the Charles River.


Once the walk was completed, students were welcome to listen to speakers discussing breast cancer and stories from survivors. They could also take pictures, and shop at the numerous tents selling breast cancer awareness goods.

Student Government Council advisor, Joanne White noted, “The walk went great with beautiful weather and amazing spirit and community camaraderie.” She also said that there were 150 participants and $1456 was raised this week in school for the Breast Cancer Foundation.  This will require Principal Harrison to wear a pink wig which he did on Friday, Oct. 5.  Nice look Mr. Harrison!

Mr. Harrison is true to his word and wore a pink wig all day on Friday, Oct. 5. He had promised to do so if SGC raised over $1,000 for breast cancer. photo by Megan Diver

Once again, all these efforts demonstrated the caring community of RHS students led by the Student Government Council.

The Mystery of the Slippery Halls of RHS

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


Have you been walking in the halls of RHS lately and almost slipped on nothing but the floor itself? Or getting up out of your seat in class, have you fallen back into your chair because it was too slippery to stand up?

Well, you were not alone. In fact you were in the majority of staff and students here at RHS pondering why the floors have been absurdly slippery lately.

Many students like senior, Justin Sherlock were unbalanced by this predicament exclaiming, “It’s wild!” Others, like senior Sarah Pollard were looking for the slippery situation as a way out of future college debt emphasizing, “If I slip, RHS is paying to put me through college.”

No one would disagree that the state of the floors was rather unsafe in both the halls and classrooms.

Rumors have been floating around about the cause of the slick floors, whether it was due to “cheaper wax” being used on the floors, as many students are concluding, or due to the sticky, wet weather we had recently been experiencing.

Principal, Dr. John Harrison says that it was due to the recent humidity and the condensation created on the floors. Furthermore, he explained that all teachers were advised to keep all windows closed in order to combat the effects of the weather. In short, Harrison declared the status of the floors had very little to nothing to do with a new waxing, but was just affected by the unseasonably humid weather we’ve been experiencing.

Thankfully, with the use of air movers located in the hallways and the dropping dew points, the slipperiness of the floors has subsided. Dr. Harrison reassures, “It’s actually a really easy fix. It’s just a matter of teachers keeping the windows closed and turning on the fans.”

RHS Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

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


Photos above are from last year’s Breast Cancer Walk.

As in many years past, Rockland students are continuing to show support and awareness for Breast Cancer. For the past month, Rockland’s Student Council has been collecting change in A-Block classes in support of the illness. This week, the money will be collected and counted to see which class raised the most money.

On Friday, RHS will have its annual Pink Out Day in which students deck out in pink attire and gear to show love and support for those battling breast cancer.

To wrap up the week, on Sunday, Oct.1 at 6:40 am students are congregating at the high school to board busses for the annual, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that will take place in Boston at 8am.

These events are planned in part by Student Government’s student services committee run by junior Katy Buckley. Be sure to reach out to her with any questions.

Be sure to support the cause and wear your pink this Friday!

Rockland Clean Up Day

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


Saturday, Sept. 22 will be a fun, spirited day for the Bulldog community from Clean Up day, to the Sole of Rockland celebration, and Dog Walk, there will be something for everyone to do this weekend.

To start the morning off, Reimagine Rockland is partnering with the Open Space Committee, Rockland Highway Department, and Rockland Park Department for a fall Clean Up Day along Union Street and the Rail Trail. Home Depot will support the effort, as well. Similar to last year, all citizens are invited to help clean up the town’s most used walking areas.

After that, volunteers can head to the Rockland Memorial Library for lunch and to celebrate the Sole of Rockland Unveiling. Here, shoe print art and footprints have been decorated onto some of Rockland’s favorite spots that were identified by residents on Rockland Day and at the Rockland Farmers Market.

After a night’s rest after the busy Saturday schedule, people are welcomed to bring their families and dogs to join the Dog Walk on Sunday, Sept. 23. The walk will start at the Rockland Senior Center, proceed down the Rail Trail and Union Street, and will loop back around to the senior center.

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