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The combined junior-senior prom was held on May 19 at the Canoe Club in West Bridgewater.
Before the junior and senior couples made their way from the high school to the Canoe Club, the seniors participated in a traditional Grand March in the gym, which ended with students having a “first dance” with one or more of their family members.
Then it was on to West Bridgewater by bus. Everyone had a great time at the prom and everyone was up on the dance floor for most of the evening.
The night concluded with the announcement of the traditional king, queen and courts for the juniors and for the seniors.
For the juniors, the king and queen were Louis Casey and Natalie Draicchio. The court included: Jillian Donahue, Jaymie Atkins, Olivia Elie and Jillian Schofield.
For the seniors, the king and queen were Brian McCullough and Jessie Lutts. The court included: Erin Buckley, Hannah Millen, Sydney Ferguson, Shannon Lindahl, Talia Rindone and Alexa Murphy.
Below is a photo gallery of the Grand March with photos by Veritas photographer, Maddie Gear
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
After spending many years roaming through the halls of RHS, the Class of 2017’s time here is coming to a close. Today, May 23, is the bittersweet last day of classes for this year’s seniors and they’re feeling some mixed emotions about having to leave the place they have spent most of their life. Although it is sad that it has come to a close, the seniors have an exciting, fun week ahead.
Wednesday, May 24: Seniors who need to take finals will come to school. Students who have a combined total of 5 or fewer absences or tardies (of any kind) in each class between the dates of April 7th and May 23rd AND are in good standing with the main office may be exempt from taking final exams.
Thursday, May 25: Seniors are required to attend Senior Issues from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. They will also have the opportunity to clean out their lockers. All senior obligations are required to be completed by Thursday as well (Detention hours, community service, book balances, food service balances, library book balances, etc.).
Friday, May 26: Senior Issues will be continuing from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The senior BBQ will be put on at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 30: Graduation rehearsal will be at 9 a.m. and caps and gowns will be distributed. All grades for all seniors are also due on this date.
Wednesday, May 31: A yearbook signing breakfast will take place in the RHS cafeteria at 8 a.m. Then at 9 a.m. seniors wearing their caps and gowns will parade through the Rockland elementary schools and middle school.
Thursday, June 1: The RHS academic and athletic banquet will take place with a student dinner at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students and parents are then encouraged to attend the awards ceremony in the auditorium. (Proper dress required).
Friday, June 2: The final graduation rehearsal will take place for seniors at 9 a.m. Then later in the evening graduation will commence at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Seniors are required to report for lineup in the gym at 6 p.m. (Proper dress required)
Saturday, June 3: Rain date for graduation is at 11 a.m.
Sean Vo, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday night, May 17, the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place. The ceremony started off in the cafeteria, where members, inductees, and their sponsors had dinner and exchanged gifts.
When the clock struck 7, the ceremony moved to the auditorium to begin the induction. NHS President Colleen McCarthy gave a brief introduction before calling up seniors Michael McPeck and Dana Peck to announce the honorary inductees of the 2017 National Honor Society. McPeck delivered a light-hearted speech to induct Ms. Melissa Shaughnessy, and Peck’s heartfelt speech inducted Mr. Patrick Finn.
NHS Secretary Noelle Atkins followed by calling the roles of each senior – each of the seniors’ full names, the college they plan to attend, and their future careers.
After McCarthy gave a rich history of National Honor Society, the next round of speeches came from four senior members of NHS who represented each of the four virtues that is the foundation of the Society. Sean Vo went first representing the virtue of Character, followed by Julia DiCenzo representing the virtue of Scholarship; next was Luana Lima representing Leadership, and the last of the virtues read by Mohammad Youssef representing Service. Each representative of the four virtues also had to use the flame from the torch to light their own smaller candle.
Following the four virtues was Jessica Lutts and her recitation of the “Exemplification of the Torch” poem, where she had to hold up the center candle, similar to the Statue of Liberty holding the torch, and recite a poem representing each of the four virtues.
After that heavily candle involved section of the ceremony, McCarthy inducted twenty juniors — Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Joseph Haughton, Harrison O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Rebekah Panaro, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jillian Schofield, Sean Sugrue, Isabella Uong, James White — and one senior, Matthew Rocha.
After the induction, senior members were recognized by McCarthy and Principal John Harrison, who handed the seniors a flower and a certificate respectively. The ceremony came to a close with the senior members and junior inductees forming the receiving line, and later making more memories during the time for dessert back in the cafeteria.
Although this is usually a more formal occasion, laughs still came with it, from honorary inductee speeches to the tense moment of lighting the candles and releasing that tension collectively when the candles, not the tablecloth, were successfully lit.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On the dreary, rainy morning of May 15, RHS had an emotional, eye opening, drunk driving crash simulation, put on in time for prom and graduation season. This event occurred around 10 in the morning on MacKinlay Way. This arrangement was completely student-driven, mainly by the senior class in collaboration with principal, Mr. Harrison, along with Rockland Police and Fire Department, Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, and Rockland Cares.
The morning started off with students coming in the auditorium as usual, smiling faces chatting with friends. Senior class vice president, Colleen McCarthy explained that this presentation’s purpose was to emphasize the importance of good decision-making during the exciting end of the year activities to come.
This was followed by a brief video to set the stage for the crash scene that was to follow. The video featured RHS students we all know and love, and was produced by Jessie Lutts and Shannon Lindahl with the help of WRPS.
Senior class president, Kaylee Patten starred in the video as the host of the party, which featured many juniors and seniors from the school. The video then cut to Sophie McLellan and boyfriend, Mike Belmonte who played the part of the responsible students who stayed home from the party.
Then in a series of inter-cuts we see: The couple decide to drive to the movies. Then, after too many drinks, Mike McPeck decides to go out driving with Kaylee Patten in the passenger seat, as well as Matthew O’Brien and Hannah Boben in the back seat.
After foolishly driving drunk and messing around, the car of party-goers crashes into the car of the innocent couple, which led the way to the crash scene.
As students filed out of the auditorium and outside to the front of the high school, they walked out to a horrendous scene: beer cans on the ground, Patten through the windshield, two collided cars and broken windshields splattered in blood. Then they heard the cries of McLellan trying to wake her unconscious boyfriend as Boben tried to wake Patten and McPeck tried to hide the evidence of their crime by throwing the empty beer cans under the car.
After much commotion, the hearse picks up Patten, McPeck and Patten’s father are put in cuffs, and ultimately everyone’s lives involved would be evidently changed from the accident.
As the events unfolded, it was evident that everyone was emotionally affected, from the actors, to the staff, and especially the students. Although everyone knew the crash was only a simulation, many people in the crowd had tears in their eyes, imagining many of their friends dead or distraught. It became evident to the crowd that the reality of the situation is so real that not only the cars were wrecked, but also their lives, and the lives of friends, family, and relationships of those in the cars.
Afterward followed an emotional debriefing back in the auditorium with Colleen McCarthy who hosted a panel discussion with the actors.
The mock drunk driving simulation was a somber, eye-opening experience for all involved. It reminded student the reality of the their decisions and how one can change their lives and everyone they love. The presentation hit home to all, in that you can say the event was a success and hopefully will stay with all the people it impacted in hopes to save a life.
The following students were involved in the production of the video and simulated crash:
- Jaymie Atkins
- Noelle Atkins
- Michael Belmonte
- Hannah Boben
- Julia DiCienzo
- Jeffre Donahue
- Ryan Leavitt
- Shannon Lindahl
- Jessica Lutts
- Colleen McCarthy
- Brian McLaughlin
- Sophie McLellan
- Michael McPeck
- Hannah Murphy
- Matthew O’Brien
- Alyssa Patten
- Kaylee Patten
- Shawn Ward
- Kelsey Willett
We want to thank the following community partners who made this event possible:
- Lou’s Autobody
- Rockland Cares
- Rockland Police Department
- Rockland Fire Department
- Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home
- The Patten Family
- Rockland Highway Department
- Universal Autobody
For more on the program and student reactions, see the next edition of the Veritas newspaper available on May 23.
Photos below are by Veritas photographer, Maddie Gear.
It’s that time of year when various groups wrap up the year by honoring those who have participated in their clubs, sports, or other activities.
Recently the Theatre Guild held its end of the year banquet and honored all of the participants in this year’s shows. Statuettes (think Oscars) were awarded in some serious and humorous categories by advisors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan.
Best actor was given to Ryan Struzziery for his leading role as Danny Zuko in Grease. Sophie McLellan won the best actress award in a leading role as Sandy. Shandi Austin won an award for Best Dancer and was recognized for her fine choreography in several shows throughout her four years, including Grease and A Chorus Line. Madison Parlee got the “techy award” for her indispensable work behind the scenes, and Michael Bodley was presented with an award for his solo performance in Grease that brought the house down on both nights last December. Kimberlie Jean-Poix received an award for her hard work through the years as a Stage Manager. Morgan Foster was cited for being most supportive on and off the stage. Ali Landy received a Keeps Everyone Smiling award for her positive attitude.
Several students spoke about the impact that being in drama had on them. Many stories were shared about the good times and bad times during rehearsals. . Many of the seniors talked about how drama club gave them a way to deal with their identity at RHS. Some spoke about transferring in from another school — and being part of drama helped them overcome their fears of a new place. Others spoke of their overcoming shyness, through drama. Many mentioned how Ms. White and Mrs. Donovan “saved” the drama club when they had no advisor to oversee them two years ago.
Check out the photos below taken by Mrs. Adrienne Donovan.
Six seniors Sean Vo, McLellan, Austin, Kimberlee Jean-Poix, Morgan Foster and Michael Belmonte received cords to wear outside their gowns on Graduation night. These signify the seniors’ participation in the drama program.
On May 10, the Athletic Department also got into the award act recognizing the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year. The awards were presented at a banquet put on by the South Shore League. Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn were honored as were athletes from all the teams in the South Shore League at Souther’s Marsh Golf Club.
DiCienzo participates in swimming and softball and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend URI to study nursing. Dunn excelled in football and hockey, and will study criminal justice at Norwich University.
Our own Veritas staff also received awards recently at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on May 5. The editors-in-chief, Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo were presented with a Highest Achievement Award for the Veritas in Scholastic Editing and Publishing. Jasmin Morse received a Highest Achievement award as editor of the on-line edition of the Veritas.
Individual work by Madeline Gear and Joe Taft received Special Achievement Awards. Gear’s photo gallery on the Esten School coding program was recognized as professionally done, and Taft’s article on the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees was cited for excellence.
Congratulations to these award winners!
Check back to this website as award season continues to see more student awards and honors as they roll in!
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On Monday at 9:30, May 15, RHS principal John Harrison along with Rockland Police and Fire Department have scheduled a mock drunk driving crash to take place in front of the high school on MacKinlay Way.
This presentation will be for juniors and seniors only, in preparation for the upcoming events such as graduation and prom. This idea was given to Mr. Harrison in the winter by the senior class who wanted a student-driven educational program on driving under the influence of alcohol. This idea is sparked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reported that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers. Also about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage driver under the influence of alcohol.
The collision will be staged and will take approximately one hour although access to the school will be limited due to set up and clean up for the event. WRPS will be recording the event.
Prior to the mock crash RHS juniors and seniors will report to the auditorium to watch a video in preparation for the following event. Current seniors were in charge of writing, editing, and filming the video as well as other students featured in the video and simulation.
Following the mock crash students will return to the auditorium to debrief with several local law enforcement and school officials. Counseling will be provided throughout the day, and anyone choosing to opt out of the experience may do so at any point.
May 9, 2017
The Abington baseball team spoiled Rockland’s senior night, winning a close game 3-2 at Rockland’s Veterans Memorial Stadium last night. The Dogs had hoped to continue their two game winning streak, but fell short. Junior Sam Gray pitched a good game and the Dogs had their chances. They will continue in their quest to make tournament today at Randolph.
The ten seniors were honored along with their parents before the game. Photo gallery is below.