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Celebrating Seniors

RHS celebrated their senior athletes and performers on Friday, April 9 with flowers and balloons and even better, two big wins!

First to be recognized on Friday afternoon were the senior girls on the volleyball team, Mayavana Reese and Jessica Driscoll. The girls have been part of a highly successful volleyball team which picked up where it left off back in the 2019 season when they went all the way to the state finals. This year the girls proceeded to go undefeated during the regular season and won the South Shore League title. They will begin the league playoffs tomorrow (Wednesday) in the semifinals at home against Abington at 4pm.

On Friday night the football team had their unofficial homecoming as they played their first Fall 2 season game in Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium.

They, like the volleyball team, had to wait a long time to get back on the field.. They too are undefeated so far in all their games this spring and looked to keep it that way. After the senior members of the band, the senior cheerleaders and the seniors on the football team were recognized, the football team went out and won 49-0 against Randolph. They kept their undefeated season (5-0) going. Due to power ranking placement Rockland will not play in the SSL title game but they will look to remain undefeated in their last two games, the first this Thursday night at 5:30 against Mashpee at home.

Congratulations to all the seniors, the teams and their coaches!

Below is a list of seniors recognized on Friday night. Thanks to Jeanine Reardon and Dr. Harrison for the pictures!

Band and Chorus Seniors: Emily Gaboriault, Robert Ivil, Billy Robinson and Zachary Solomon

Cheerleading Seniors: Natalia Roosa, Gianna Gervasi, Meghan Kirby, Hayley Benson, Katie Fitzgerald and Calin Monett

Football Seniors: Ryan Hindy, Hunter Wardwell, Jacob Moore, Patrick Moriarty, Jimmy Tsiantoulas, Tom McSweeney, Cullen Rogers, Jendry Mejia, Nick Soares, Zachary Ofurum, Nick Leander, Nick Earner, Terell Wright, Colin McKerrell and Joe Nguyen.


The March 2021 Veritas is Here!

What has been happening at RHS? The Veritas Staff has put together news and commentary from students and staff at RHS. The Veritas will continue to look for important stories and interesting ideas from the halls and classrooms of our high school. Contact us with anything you would like us to report on!

Enjoy our March 2021 issue!

RHS Top Dogs 2021

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Erin Gardner, Jessica Driscoll, Claudia Abouzeid and Lauren Draicchio with their Top Dog Awards!

Jessica Driscoll

Jessica was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops in indigenous communities. Jessica did not let the cancellation hinder her. She was the driving force behind organizing the gift wrapping efforts for the 2nd Annual Giving Tree! Jess came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books and brought a bright and positive energy with her! Jessica is also a two sport athlete competing on the volleyball and lacrosse teams.  She is an incredibly kind-hearted and genuine young woman and I know that her future holds big things!

Erin Gardner

Erin was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops. Erin asked how she could contribute in addition to donating a book to the 2nd Annual Giving Tree. She came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books! Erin has such a positive way of changing the world in which she lives and I’m sure her future will be impactful! Erin is a member of Student Government Council and competes on the lacrosse team. She also works at Southwood Nursing Home.

Claudia Abouzeid

Claudia Abouzeid is a senior who will be graduating in three years. Committed to her studies, Claudia knew early in her high school career she wanted to graduate early and then attend college to continue her studies. Claudia’s compassion and societal awareness is indicative of her depth as a person. She is enthusiastic and passionate about social justice. She is a kind, dedicated student, and her commitment to greater equality and fighting injustice makes me proud to have her as a student. She plans to study psychology.

Lauren Draicchio

Lauren Draicchio is a four year player of varsity  lacrosse and also serves as the team captain.   She has served as an executive and general  member of the student council, a freshman mentor as well as class president.  Lauren is a youth cheerleading junior coach and a youth basketball referee.  She plans to attend a four year college and major in nursing with hopes of becoming a Beyond Borders nurse, traveling to provide healthcare to less fortunate children and communities. Lauren was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops in indigenous communities. As soon as the second year of the Giving Tree book drive was announced, Lauren jumped at the opportunity to get involved and spread holiday cheer. Lauren came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books. Lauren is a shining star and we know she will continue to impact her community during her next chapter!

Thank you Dr. Harrison, Ms. Kemp, and Ms. O’Brien for coordinating the event and the rewards given, and congratulations again to the RHS Top Dogs 2021.

Virtual Pep Rally Scheduled For Tomorrow, Feb. 12 at 1:15 p.m.

Rockland High School students filled the stands at last year’s outdoor rally that was held in October.

Feb. 9, 2021

Ngan Nguyen, Veritas Staff

  • Jonah Pishkin, Veritas Staff,  also contributed to this report

To raise a bit of school spirit, Rockland High School’s Student Government Council  is hosting a Virtual Pep Rally on Friday, February 12 at 1:15 PM. Even though this is not our traditional homecoming pep rally in October, it will still be fun and spiritually uplifting for everyone. 

 The pep rally will be from 1:15-1:35 PM. Here is the link to watch the rally:

Students in Cohort A will be watching the event in their E block class and Cohort B students will be asked to participate from home through a webinar link. 

To prepare for this pep rally, it’s encouraged that students should wear their class shirt or color to show spirit and pride for their grade.  

There will be time for sports and other school groups’ ‘honorable mentions’,  an announcement of Miss Rockland, as well as drama and band recognitions. Games are also planned for students to participate in during the rally. Some of the games include a backpack quest and two truths and one lie.

Cohort A, make sure to have your Chromebook with you, and Cohort B, the link will be sent through your school email, so be on the lookout for it.

There are varying opinions on the subject of having a virtual pep rally.

Of those interviewed most agreed that making the event virtual was justified, in order to keep students and others safe. Senior Alexis DeFranc explained why making the event virtual, while sad, was the best idea for the event. Saying that she thought it was justified, she responded, “Yes, because it will keep everyone safe and make sure nobody gets sick or be in close contact with those who may have the virus.”

Senior Billy Robinson thinks that the rally even though it is virtual is a great opportunity, considering the tremendous amount of stress taken out of a school day. In his words, “I think pep rallies are good because they are fun, and a good break from the stress of school, bringing the classes together.”

In the wake of the event going virtual, senior Lauren Draicchio also responded to the matter, and how others may feel about the idea. “I know some people may not be as excited about the idea of having a virtual pep rally; however, I believe to even be able to have the opportunity to come together in the slightest way is amazing. It may sway from what a typical pep rally would look like but it’s something to look forward to, and to me that’s exciting.”

Lauren concluded, “During times like these it’s important to stay positive and be grateful for what we can do and the memories we can make.”

With the upcoming February Vacation, it should also be a good way to get students excited about having a week off from school next week!

Here again is the link for the virtual rally.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88438719096?pwd=NUxDU29hcnpHK1dTdHpQazU2T2llUT09

 

Boys’ Basketball Team Down But Not Out

Derek Williams against Cohasset this year.

James Tsiantoulas, Veritas Sports Editor

Feb. 5, 2021

The varsity boys’ basketball team as of this past weekend has been shut down with six members of their team testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The rest of the team, who have tested negative, are still responsibly quarantining as they wait to be cleared to get back out on the court. This is a huge blow for the team as practices and games have been suspended for two weeks. 

The boys’ team which began its season on Jan. 8 started out their year red hot, winning their first five games and looking like nothing could stop them.  But no one expected this shutdown to happen. These positive cases have no correlation to the JV boys team shutdown in January as the team was quarantined for the appropriate amount of time.

It is believed this was due to a player from an opposing varsity team testing positive after a game.  With this information all the players, coaches and staff were tested and are now quarantining for two weeks.

The team is  not allowed to practice until Feb. 11, and then they will have a South Shore League playoff game on either Sunday or Monday, Feb. 14 or 15.  In the playoffs the boys will be looking to secure another South Shore League title.

Despite this difficulty, this is a team of tough competitors, and they will not let adversity push them down. “The long break in our season is a little bit of a setback but it’s an obstacle we have to get over in order to win the league when we do get back,” said senior Joey Nguyen who has high hopes for the team once they are good to come back.

Principal Harrison in a letter to the community expressed his pride in the school’s handling of this situation, limiting the spread and not putting any other students in jeopardy.  He said, “Thanks to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and families, I do believe this outbreak involving the boy’s varsity basketball team has been contained.  I continue to remain confident in our protocols and believe our learning environment within our classrooms is safe.” 

Hopefully when the team is cleared for basketball activities once again, they won’t miss a beat and will get right to work. 

RHS Top Dogs 2021

Top Dogs from Cohort B were recognized on Thursday Feb. 4. From left: Hannah Makarski, Zachary Solomon, Althea Olsen, Greta Russo, Anthony DiNino and Colin McKerrell. Not in picture: Hunter Wardwell. Cohort A Top Dogs will be recognized next week.

Feb. 4, 2021

Congratulations to the seniors who are Top Dogs for the Class of 2021! On Thursday, February 4, 2021 seniors from Cohort B  were announced as Top Dogs, and rewarded with chocolate, a t-shirt, and a framed picture. Below are the biographies of the 2021 Top Dog recipients from Cohort B.

Greta Russo:

Greta Russo is a member of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. She is also a student council executive board member as well as the president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils. She has partnered with volunteer work with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts and is a member of the National Honor Society. Greta plans to attend a four-year college majoring in either pre-med or environmental policy.

Hannah Makarski:

Hannah is a three-sport athlete who has participated in soccer, track, and basketball. She is a mentor of the Bulldog Buddy program, a freshman mentor as well as working in our unified gym classes. Hannah also volunteers her time with the Special Ed program in our preschool program. She plans to attend Merrimack College, major in health science, and become a respiratory therapist.

Althea Olsen:

Althea is the National Honor Society Secretary who has been the recipient of achievement awards such as the Science award and English award. She attended the Boston Leadership Institute for Surgical Research. She contributes positively to RHS by writing for the school newspaper, serving as a Freshman Mentor, and competing on the softball and swim teams. She gives back to the community by volunteering. She most recently organized a Magic School for neighbors with young children when the district shifted to fully remote.

Anthony DiNino:

Anthony DiNino has excelled as a student in the Pathways Program. He has connected with his peers within the program and has been an exceptional fundraiser for the Pathways Organization. He has excelled with customer service, working as a highly personable employee at the Dog Depot. He has also been an active participant in the Unified Sports Program, especially as one of the top performers on the soccer and basketball teams. Anthony brings a positive attitude, relentless work ethic, and cares greatly about other people and Rockland High School.

Zachary Solomon:

Zach is a National Honor Society student who has been actively involved in the Concert Band. He is a three-time recipient of the Music Achievement Award. He participated on the cross country team and swim team. Zach has shown an interest as a curious member of the astronomy club as well. Most impressive, Zach is an Eagle Scout. He completed a project this fall in which he cleaned out a messy closet filled with random marching music and built a shelving unit that matches pre-existing cabinets to store the marching music. The second part of his project was building a rolling cart that can store flipbooks for marching band and parade music, so students can easily store their music and keep it organized so it does not get lost. The final part of the project was emptying a storage unit that contained drama props, furniture, clothes, and equipment so he could build a big shelving unit.

Hunter Wardwell:

Hunter is a senior who has contributed significantly to the school’s athletic programs. He is a model student-athlete as he also takes his academics very seriously as an honors student. Hunter is a two sport varsity athlete competing on football and basketball teams. He is a captain, demonstrating exceptional leadership to younger teammates. In his free time, he volunteers as a Rockland Youth Football Coach.

Colin McKerrell:

Colin is an exceptional honor roll student who has been recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor. Athletically, Colin has participated in the wrestling and football teams. As a football player, Colin has been a leader on the team as a captain. Colin works part-time at Dairy Queen in Hanover as a food preparer.

The following seniors will be recognized next week and we will highlight their accomplishments at that time. Jessica Driscoll, Erin Gardner, Lauren Draicchio and Claudia Abouzeid.

Thank you Dr. Harrison, Ms. Kemp, and Ms. O’Brien for coordinating the event and the rewards given, and congratulations again to the RHS Top Dogs 2021.

 

Miss Rockland 2021

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2021

Congratulations to Hannah Makarski for winning Miss Rockland Class of 2021! The ceremony announcing this year’s Miss Rockland was held in the auditorium today and was streamed live at 9:15 am.  Parents attended and students could watch in their classrooms via a Google Meet link.

Below is Hannah’s biography.

Hannah is a three sport athlete who  has participated in soccer, track and basketball.  She is a mentor for the Bulldog Buddy program, a freshman mentor as well as working in our unified gym classes. Hannah also volunteers her time with our Special Ed program and our preschool program. She plans to attend Merrimack College, major in health science and become a Respiratory Therapist.

Congratulations to all of the nominees for Miss Rockland 2021 for your outstanding achievements and recognition! Below are the biographies of the nominees.

Greta Russo is a member of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. She is also a student council executive board member as well as the president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils. She has partnered volunteer work with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts and is a member of the National Honor Society. Greta plans to attend a four year college majoring in either pre-med or environmental policy.
Hannah Rich is a member of the varsity girls soccer team, serving as captain her senior year as well as the girls varsity lacrosse team, serving as captain her junior and senior years. She volunteers with the Freshman mentoring program and is a member of the National Honor Society. Hannah plans to attend a four year college and obtain her nursing degree and hopes to continue her education with a Masters of Nursing or as a Physicians Assistant. She aspires to become a pediatric nurse.
Miku Yoshioka is a member of the RHS swim and tennis teams and has held the position of class secretary, student council secretary and serves this year as the student council president. She also participated in the drama production of Marcus is Walking. She has participated in SEMASC and MASC through student government and has volunteered with Special Olympics, Walk for Hunger, Old Colony Center for Health and Rehabilitation and the Breast Cancer Walk. She also volunteers her free time at Mathnasium as a center directors assistant.  Miku plans to attend a four year college and major in Neurobiology and intends to become a physician.  

Gianna Gervasi has participated for four years with Rockland High School’s award winning State and New England State Championship Cheerleading team.  She has also been involved with student government and participated in Project Pumpkin as well as Unified Sports.  Gianna is a teacher and volunteer at Fashion Focus teaching young girls proper etiquette and confidence in themselves.  She plans to attend a four year university, major in math and education to pursue her goal as a secondary level Math teacher.

Lauren Draicchio is a four year player of varsity  lacrosse and also serves as the team captain.   She has served as an executive and general  member of the student council, a freshman mentor as well as class president.  Lauren is a youth cheerleading junior coach and a youth basketball referee.  She plans to attend a four year college and major in nursing with hopes of becoming a Beyond Borders nurse, traveling to provide healthcare to less fortunate children and communities.

Nominees and Miss Rockland are voted on by their Class of 2021 peers, based on their activities and contributions to the school and community of Rockland.

Once again, congratulations to all nominees and winner Hannah Makarski. Thank you Ms. White and Dr. Harrison for delivering the ceremony, and thank you Ms. Dunn for coordinating this event, and allowing it to happen.

Photos from today’s event are below.  Thank you Ms. Medeiros!

Here’s the Youtube video of the Miss Rockland ceremony.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uezk8laNKf0

 

 

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