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Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 in the RHS cafeteria, all SGC members and all who want to get involved in Rockland’s Student Government will have the opportunity to vote on the upcoming year’s Big Five positions.
Each candidate for each position will have to give a speech in hopes to receive your vote. Once all the speeches are done, all who attend will get to vote for each student they see fit for each position.
This year running for Big Five positions are:
- Pre-Determined to be Hannah Murphy
- Jill Donahue
- Chris Penney
- Jasmin Morse
- Macie Jones
- Sydney McKenna
- Caitlin Cameron
- Jaymie Atkins
Publicity Coordinator: This position is a write in and will not be voted on but determined by the advisors and President
- Francisco Oliveira
- Sydney McKenna
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.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
As the RHS Class of 2017 approaches graduation, they took part in Senior Issues on May 25 and 26. This year marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Rockland High’s Senior Issues.
RHS nurse, Kathi Ryan organized the events by splitting up the senior class into eight groups over the two days of events.
On Thursday groups 1-4 reported to the gymnasium for a presentation on College Fire & Life Safety, a presentation Lt. Scott Margolis started for the Class of 2014. It covers general fire safety behavior, distracted driving, overcrowding at clubs, theaters and more.
Afterwards they completed the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver CPR & AED course where all 144 graduating seniors are certified. Volunteers assisting with the CPR course were Tammy Ryan R.N. from South Shore VNA, Barbara Leary R.N. from Linden Ponds in Hingham, Pat Stone R.N., Lt. John Sammon from Rockland Fire and Firefighter-Paramedic Tim Royer from Hanson Fire.
While groups 1-4 were doing that, groups 5-8 rotated among 4 presentations; “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” by Harbor One Bank, a Skin Cancer/Melanoma presentation where students had an opportunity to go under a UV light to check for damaged skin, a yoga class, and an open discussion with Rockland Police and Rockland CARES. On Friday the groups swapped presentations.
John MacDonald, Veritas Staff
Lacrosse is a newly found sport for Rockland High within the last four years. Back then no one really knew much about the sport, it was still so new. However, now lax is on the rise. The team’s growth has progressed each year since it started four years ago.
Sophomore Mark Spragues stated, “Since last year our team’s numbers have noticeably grown, from the incoming freshmen. Also, students that just now decided to pick up the sport helped grow the team.”
This year’s team is confident that they are going to put Rockland lacrosse on the map. Kev Fennell claimed, “We are ready to take the South Shore League by storm this year.” Fennell is a junior who has played lax for all three years of his high school life. He’s very passionate about the sport and is very confident about how the team will do this year.
Being the young team in the league, other teams are definitely looking to beat the Rockland team.
Junior Will Breadmore stated, “From what I have seen the past two years since I’ve been on the team, Mashpee and Pembroke are our two biggest rivals. We know going into that game they are going to be chippy. We just gotta keep our heads and play our game.”
Breadmore knows that teams are going to be tough, but he says he will not shy away. He will keep his head up and try to help his team in any way that he can.
The team qualified for tournament with a convincing 14-1 win over Norton on May 25. This will be the lacrosse team’s first tournament appearance in its short history, showing the steady progress that the team has made since its beginning.
Coach Dave Taylor has been the coach from the beginning and is certainly pleased with the record this year of 10 wins and 8 losses.
The MIAA released tournament pairings on Saturday. Rockland, with a record of 9-9 got the 17th seed and will play a preliminary game against #16 Sturgis East at Simpkins Field on Tuesday, May 30 at 5 pm. The winner will play #1 seed Hanover on Thursday, June 1 at Hanover. Twenty teams qualified for the Division 3 South play-offs. Like Rockland, Sturgis is a new program, having only competed at the varsity level for two years. They qualified for tournament last year.