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Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
This past Monday through Wednesday RHS’s successful Student Government held its annual summer camp. From class meetings, exciting energizers, to Committee Wars many members thought it was another successful start of the year for SGC.
Many plans have already been made for the year to come whether it was for the classes, workshops, to the SGC Committees that were formed this week. The committees included Community Service, Finance and Fundraising, Unified Spirit, and Student Services.
All the work aside, members were able to enjoy themselves in many fun activities. The crowd favorite by far was on the last day when Committee Wars were held. During this activity every committee had to compete in a series of events trying to rack up the most amount of points in hopes to win overall. At the end of the day, after lots of hard work and fun the Community Service Committee won.
Unified Spirit Committee (Blue):
Jacob Leahy, Sydney McKenna, Taylor Anzivino, Lara Glennon, Jakob Wells, Keely Naughton, Chris Penney and Greta Russo
Community Service Committee (Red):
Justin Sherlock, Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, John Ellard, Erin Field, Julia Yeadon, Molly Boggs and Brandon Gallagher
Finance and Fundraising (Green):
Tyler Beatrice, Hannah Boben, Aiden Glennon, Marissa Smith, Jon Dorney, Matthew Bruzzese, Maurice Wilson, and McKayla Sugrue
Student Services (Yellow):
Haley Nee, Maddie Gear, Katy Buckley, Zach Peterson, Tyler Gambon, Eric Barber, Kate Burke and Jillian Dorney
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Many people were recognized this past Wednesday at the RHS Hall of Fame Induction and the Underclassmen Awards Banquet. The event took place at Emerald Hall with food being served at 6pm and awards starting around 7:15.
The night began with a few words from RHS principal Dr. John Harrison as well as vice principal Ms. Kathleen Paulding.
Ms. Paulding gave the introductions to the three Hall of Fame Inductees, who then talked a bit about their work and gave advice to the students attending the banquet. The Hall of Fame Inductees include: Robin Paulding McGowan, Class of 1979; Denise Wallace Spriggs, Class of 1979 and Charles Tetzlaff, Class of 1991.
Next, Dr. Harrison announced several special awards which were then followed by the academic awards and honor roll mentions. Ms. Paulding, along with Mr. Damon, and individual department heads and teachers, presented the academic achievement awards.
All in all, the evening was filled with fun, friends, and giving recognition well deserved to the students and inductees. Thank you to the Rockland Hall of Fame Committee for making this night possible and all the teachers involved.
Here is a list of all awards given out and the recipients:
The Math Team
Grade 11 – Sarah Lovell, Haley Chase-Crocker, Alexander Domina, Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Rebecca Elliott, Sean Sugrue, Nicholas Walker, Sabrina Sprague, and Zachary Peterson
Grade 10 – Angelina Vong , John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska , and Tyler Beatrice
Grade 9 – Kayleigh Harris
National Leadership Award– Jaymie Atkins
The Rensselaer Medal– Sabrina Sprague
9th District Congressional Art Show Honorable Mention– Isabelle Uong
Veritas Journalism Award– Jasmin Morse
Special Achievement Award– Madeline Gear
Outstanding member of the Veritas Award– Erin Kearns
St. Michael’s College Book Award– Lily Matson and Christopher Penney
High Honors All Three Terms This Year:
In Grade 11 – Sabrina Sprague
In Grade 10 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska
In Grade 9 – Melyssa Almeida, Kathryn Buckley, Nicholas Cedrone, Kerin Dalton Tyler Gambon, Madeline Gear, Melanie Harris, Sabrina Morgan, Oliver Reera, Zachary Webb, and Julia Yeadon
Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:
Last year, 20 academic letters were awarded to students in the Class of 2018. Congratulations to these students for their continued academic success.
- Kellie Berry
- Stephanie Blaney
- Eden Dalton
- Alexander Domina
- Olvia Elie
- Rebecca Elliot
- Aiden Glennon
- Harrison Hunter
- Margaret Jones
- Meredith Long
- Lily Matson
- Joseph Naughton
- Danielle O’Brien
- Harrison O’Brien
- Matthew O’Brien
- Christopher Penney
- Zachary Peterson
- Jocelyn Reera
- Sean Sugrue
- Isabelle Uong
Junior Academic Letter Winners: Jaymie Atkins, Ronan McNally, Jillian Schofield, Sabrina Sprague, and James White
Sophomore Academic Letter Winners: Adiza Alasa, Alyssa Antoniewicz, Tyler Beatrice, Madison Blonde, Caitlin Cameron, Abigail Condon, Kaitlyn Diver, Leah Drago, John Ellard, Katie Houde (HOOD), Kevin Jean-Poix, Matthew Karoutas , Elizabeth Kelley, Nicholas LaBollita, Matthew Macarski, Meaghan McDonough, Matthew McPartlin, Sean Morrissey, Jasmine Morse, Rebecca Mullen, Shannon Murphy, Alexis Nastasia, Nevaeh Nilson, Francisco Oliveira, Sarah Pollard, Michelle Ramoska, Justin Sherlock, Marissa Smith, and Kara Sullivan
Boys State/Girls State– Sean Sugrue, Eden Dalton and Margaret Jones
Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award– John Ellard
Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award– Francisco Oliveira
THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
Gr. 9 Bryce Taylor, Jacob Harris
Gr. 10 Sarah Pollard, Kaili Rose Dummott-Hill
Gr. 11 Isabelle Uong
Gr. 9 Lara Glennon
Gr. 9 Jillian Dorney
FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE:
Gr. 9 Hannah Wyllie
Gr. 10 Matthew McPartlin
Gr. 11 Christopher Penney, Brianna Peppino
Gr. 9 Orion Carroll
Gr. 10 Peter Kohler, Kaitlyn Diver
Gr. 11 Justin Bowman, Samuel Gray
Gr. 9 Noah Coughlin
Gr. 10 Michael Ebersole, Christopher Armstrong
Gr. 11 Ryan Kelley, Zachary Sharland
Gr. 9 Jad Bendarkawi, Kathryn Buckley
Gr. 11 Caitlin McArthur
Gr. 9 Matthew Griffin, Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano
Gr. 10 Elizabeth Kelley, Sean Morrissey
Gr. 9 Destinie Irvin, Adrian Quezada
Gr. 9 Oliver Reera, Sean Belmonte
Gr. 9 Jordan Cunningham, Kerin Dalton
Gr. 10 Mireese Wilson, Bonnie Gasdia
Gr. 11 Ryan Struzziery
Gr. 9 Elizabeth McGaffigan
Gr. 9 Maria Ciano, Caroline Elie
Gr. 11 Jonathan Baar, Aiden Glennon
Gr. 9 Zachary Webb
Gr. 10 Kevin Jean-Poix
Gr. 11 Harrison O’Brien
Madeline Gear Communication/Digital Media, Physical Education
Tyler Johnson Science, English, Family Consumer Science
Sabrina Morgan Social Science/History, Science
Tyler Beatrice Mathematics, Science, Pre-Engineering/Robotics
Michelle Ramoska English, Mathematics,Spanish
George Selados III Pre-Engineering/Robotics, Science
Caitlin Cameron Social Science/History, Family Consumer Science
Adiza Alasa English, Spanish
Eden Dalton Art, English, Music, Social Science/History
Sabrina Sprague Mathematics, Science
Sean Sugrue English, Mathematics
Joseph Naughton Science,Spanish
OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS:
Grade 9 Tyler Gambon
Grade 10 John Ellard
Grade 11 Ronan McNally
The following is a link to all the pictures of the inductees and the student award recipients.
The annual Senior Awards night took place on Thursday, June 1. This year the Athletic Awards were also given along with the traditional Baccalaureate and Scholarship Awards.
The awards part of the evening began with Athletic Director Gary Graziano recognizing recipients of Senior Athletic Achievement Awards.
Woman’s Coaches Award (Senior female student/athlete) – Kaylee Patten
Vicki Solari Award (Most inspirational female athlete) – Noelle Atkins
Senior Female Athlete Award (Top senior female athlete) – Emily Beatrice
Marion Mansfield Donovan Award (Top female student/athlete) – Julia DiCienzo
John Bell Bulldog Award (Female athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Jessica Lutts
John Bell Bulldog Award (Male athlete who plays over and above abilities) – John MacDonald
Peter J. Crowley Award (Top senior male athlete) – Matt Dunn
Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student/athlete) – Christopher McHugh
Louis Cifello Award (Most inspirational male athlete) – John Goode
Dr. Joseph Dunn Award (Top student/athlete football player) – Matt Dunn
Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male and female athletes who never give up) – Bridget Reardon and Jake Crawford
John Delorey Award (Male and female athletes who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Hannah Millen and Leo Field
Robert Ellis Award (Top male student / athlete basketball player) – Mo Youssef
Charles E. Leverone Awards (Top male and female track or cross country runners) – Matthew Rocha
Silver Bowl Winner: Matthew Dunn
Military Awards: Three seniors who are going directly into the military after graduation were recognized. Jeffrey Najarian of Old Colony Post 1788 presented the awards to Brian McCullough, United States Marines, and Renata Batista, United States Army. The third senior is Jessica Cameron, United States Navy.
The Art Department gave certificates of achievement to artists Hannah Millen, Colleen Burke and Alexa Leduc.
Journalism Awards were given to Veritas editors, <strong>Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo</strong>. Sports Editor and writer, <strong>Joe Taft</strong> received a Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association.
The Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award was given to Shawn Ward
Senior Academic Letters were awarded to Emily Delaney, Colleen McCarthy, Vivian Nguyen, Kelsey Willett and Mohamed Youssef
Community Service Awards went to Adam Royle and Julia DiCienzo
Excellence in Mathematics Awards were received by Luana Lima and Vivian Nguyen
The John Philip Sousa Band Award was presented to Michael Belmonte
High Honors for the first three terms – Luana Lima
Scholarship Awards were as follows:
Patrick J. Sullian Memorial Scholarship: Alexa Murphy
“The Good Guy” Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk: Ryan Leavitt, Lexi Murphy, Matt Dunn, Mike McPeck, Mitchell Ryan
Christine J. Biggins Memorial Scholarship: Sara Boucher
George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship: Kelsey Willett
The Jimbo Award: Leo Field
The John Mahoney Memorial Scholarship: Mohammed Youssef
The Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship: Taylor Gallagher
The Edward Sokolowski Award: Lauren Zaremba
The Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award: Noelle Atkins and Matt Dunn
Mr. Rockland Award: Ryan Leavitt
Share the Spirit Award: Taylor Gallagher
Spellman Oratorical Scholarship Awards: Jurnee Dunn, Jessica Lutts, Sophie McLellan, Evan Murphy, Emily Delaney, Luana Lima, Michael Belmonte and Lauren Zaremba.
Academic Achievement Awards were presented by teachers and department heads in each department.
The Art Department presented their Academic Achievement awards to Shawn Ward and Hannah Millen.
The Communication and Digital Media Department presented their award to Sean Vo.
The English Department recognized Shannon Lindahl.
The Family and Consumer Science Department presented their award to Adam Royle.
The Health Department presented their awards to Jakigh Marcelin and Rachel Buker.
The Social Science/History Department recognized Noelle Atkins and Sydney Wells as their Academic Achievement winners.
The Mathematics Department recognized Luana Lima.
The Physical Education Department presented their award to Cornell McWilliams II.
The Pre-Engineering and Robotics Department recognized Christopher McHugh and Brian McLaughlin.
The Science Department presented their award to Kaylee Patten and Kelsey Willett.
The Technical Education department presented their award to Timothy Kane and James Sheehan.
The World Language Department recognized two students. In French, Leonard Field III received the Academic Achievement Award. The Spanish department presented their award to Lauren Zaremba.
Several seniors were Multi-Award winners.
Michael Belmonte Jr. was recognized by both the Computer Science and Music Departments.
Jessica Lutts was recognized by the English and Mathematics Department.
Emily Beatrice was recognized by the Family and Consumer Science Department and Physical Education Department.
The Communication/Digital Media and Music Departments recognized Sophie McLellan.
The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association Student Achievement Award – Principal’s Award went to Noelle Atkins
The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award was presented to Luana Lima
The final “award” was the dedication of the yearbook to English teacher, Amanda McDonough and to Jimmy Cahill. Matt Dunn, Mike McPeck and Megan Saucier made the presentations.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On last Friday, June 2, at 7 pm at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium, the Class of 2017 took their final walks across the field to grab their diplomas and throw their caps in their final step to completing their high school education.The rain held off long enough for one of the last groups born in the 1900s to graduate.
The senior gift presented by 2017 Vice President, Colleen McCarthy was passed down to the junior class President, Hannah Boben. It was a bronze bulldog, a symbol of RHS representing each graduating class.
During the ceremony, the RHS Band played “German Dance” by, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and the Recessional “Pomp and Circumstance”.
At the graduation, there were several speakers who spoke about “Bulldog Pride”, how the graduating class can make a change in the world, and the changing world they’re being sent off to.
These included 2016-2017 Class President, Kaylee Patten, Valedictorian, Luana Lima, freshman biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio, and RPS Superintendent, Dr. Allan Cron.
Principal Dr. John Harrison announced the Rockland Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation Award winners, and prior to the presentation of diplomas, School Committee Vice Chairman, Richard Phelps said a few words about Bulldog Pride.
While Dr. Harrison called the graduates’ names and spoke about their plans, Mr. Phelps, Vice Principal of RHS, Kathleen Paulding, Guidance Director Margaret Black, and Senior Class Advisor, Samantha Hoyo presented the seniors with their diplomas and handshakes.
The Veritas News is produced by the Journalism class.
In the control room were Jayden Libby, producer, Sammi Nachtman, graphics, Jaylen Haltiwanger, audio, Grace LaPlante , teleprompter, and Brittany Keefe, tape feeder.
On camera were Jake Lauria, Liam Lenihan, and Juliana Smith.
Anchors were Jasmin Morse and Julian Tarpey.
The Rockland High School Class of 2017 visited each of Rockland’s elementary schools on Wednesday, May 31. The seniors boarded a bus and traveled first to the Esten Elementary School; then it was on to Jefferson Elementary School and Memorial Park Elementary where they were applauded by the school children as they walked the halls that many of them had once walked in their early days of school. The last stop was Rogers Middle School.
Rockland High School’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Rockland Memorial Stadium.