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2020: The Year in Review

Dec. 31, 2020

The year 2020 is one that most would like to forget. However at RHS, pre-pandemic, there were several memorable moments, and even after the school’s shutdown in March, administrators and students worked to make the best possible experiences happen for students, and especially for the Class of 2020.

In the school year that began in September, 2020,  students, while longing for better days, have also worked hard to make the most of a difficult situation.

So, here’s the Veritas’ annual “Year in Review” for this year.

January 28, 2020    Mat Bruzzese takes first place in Poetry Out Loud

Senior Mat Bruzzese was the winner of the annual Poetry Out Loud contest sponsored by the English Dept.

Senior Mat Bruzzese came in first in the 2020 Poetry Out Loud Contest held on Jan. 27 in the lecture hall.

January 31, 2020.    Mrs. Ellis Retires

Mrs. Jane Ellis  retired in January after 32 years as the principal’s secretary at RHS.  Mrs. Susan O’Brien assumed her duties.

Left to right: Principal John Harrison, Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. O’Brien prepare for Mrs. Ellis’ retirement.

February 11, 2020. Students Recognized for Academic Accomplishments. Forty RHS students were recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 11 with a special luncheon, catered by Chipotle, in the media center. The luncheon was in recognition of the students’ achieving high honor grades in term 1, term 2 or in both terms.

Freshman Petr Quinn receives his high honor certificate from Principal John Harrison and Asst. Principal Ms. Paulding.

March 8, 2020. Girls Basketball Team defeats Archbishop Williams, then play at Boston Garden 

The girls basketball team advanced to the state semifinals by defeating Archbishop Williams on Friday night, March 6, by a score of 53-37.  That game gave them the Division 3 So. Sectional title. Next, the girls , for only the second time in 20 years, played in the Division 3 State Semifinals on Weds. March 11 at TD Garden in Boston at 2 p.m.  They lost to St. Mary’s of Lynn in the last game any team would play because of the pandemic shutdown of all activities on March 12.  This would also be the last athletic event at RHS supported by student fans in the year 2020.

April 26, 2020. Lara Glennon wins annual Spellman Oratorical Contest

Rockland High School English Department Coordinator, Carol Cahill has announced the winner of the 2020 Spellman Oratorical Contest: Lara Glennon.  Tyler Gambon placed 2nd in the contest, while Sarah McLellan and Ashley Gallagher tied for third place.  Kerin Dalton and Neleh Dunn rounded out the contestants who taped their performances at home and submitted them to judges.

May 27, 2020. Senior Parade Held on Last Day of Classes for Class of 2020

The annual senior parade was held on May 27.  These photos from the Patriot Ledger capture the excitement of seniors on their last day of classes at RHS.

July 30, 2020 National Honor Society Induction

On July 30, 2020 at 7PM, Rockland High School inducted five seniors and ten juniors into the National Honor Society. Twenty five current senior members were also present at the ceremony, along with friends, family, and multiple staff members to support new and old members of the Society.

August 1, 2020.   Class of 2020 Graduation

Two months after their originally scheduled ceremony, Rockland High School’s Class of 2020 finally had its Graduation.  On August 1, a beautiful Saturday night, 149 members of the Senior Class paraded into Veterans Memorial Stadium, ready to finally say their goodbyes to this year and to their high school careers.


Sept. 2020.  School Year Begins.

The 2020-2021 began a little later than usual but hopes were high that all the precautions in place would lead to a safe and effective learning environment.

October 2020. Student Gov’t Goes Forward for 2020-2021 School Year 

Student Government elected its officers during its second meeting of the year.


November 2020. Fall sports teams adapt and excel

The boys and girls soccer teams, boys and girls cross country teams and the golf team were all able to compete this fall with abbreviated but successful seasons.

The girls cross country team.

December, 2020. Theatre Dept. performs Monologues and Band performs for the Holidays

Finding creative ways to perform their crafts, the Theatre Dept. put together a production called A Medley of Monologues and the RHS Band performed “Let It Snow” virtually.

Keep the faith RHS! Better days are ahead!

“A Medley of Monologues” Presented by Theatre Department

Dec. 2, 2020

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Although this year looks a little different, there is one thing we can all agree upon – The Show Must Go On, or at least according to the Rockland High School Theatre Department.

This fall, Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio, directors of the RHS Drama team  came up with an idea to put together a production with the Drama Club students. Ms. White explained, “We needed to figure out a safe, manageable way to put together a production that still allowed students to be creative. We wanted to make it as supportive as possible for them with everything going on.”

Students had the option to choose or write their very own monologue. It took about three weeks to put together with virtual rehearsals, virtual meetings and recordings.   Christopher Burnieika of WRPS helped record it.

The final product is called “A Medley of Monologues.”   (Video link here)

Performers included:

Alex Anzivino as the Smoldering Spencer from “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Elias Carbone performing The Circle of Life from “The Lion King”

Anthony DiNino wrote and performed a personal monologue – “The Multiplication Train”

Dillon Doyle crushed it as Buddy the Elf from the hit movie “Elf”

Callie Gillan performed a dramatic monologue from “True Crime”

McKenna Maher nailed it with her performance from “Pretty”

Fiona Overstreet performed a comedic monologue from “The First Dear Evan Hansen Letter”

Ben Pattison had us all laughing as Louis from “Hot Dogs”

Jonah Pishkin wrote and performed an inspirational monologue called “Fear, Chaos, Pain”

Luci Pumphrey presented a dramatic performance as Linda from “Pay Attention”

Cailin Sullivan closed the show with her dynamite performance as Lyndsey McElroy from the comedy show, “Two and a Half-Men.”

The students took the new challenge head-on and recorded an outstanding performance of “A Medley of Monologues.” Enjoy!

A Medley of Monologues

Directors Ms. White and Ms. DiCanzio

Get ready for Spirit Week


Student Government Council has announced that next week will begin a celebration of Spirit Week. The week of Dec. 7 – 11 will be for Cohort A and the following week, Dec. 14-18, will be for Cohort B. Principal Harrison is encouraging all, including faculty and staff to participate.

The first day will be Comfy Day/Groutfit* Day.  Check back to see photos of each day!

(*Groutfit means wearing outfits that are all gray in color!)


Bulldog Apparel Store Now Open

December 3, 2020

The Student Government Council at RHS has announced the opening of their on-line Bulldog apparel store.

Junior Maria Pala who is the SGC member overseeing the store answered some questions from the Veritas. “I was put in charge of the project, but I was working closely with our advisor, Mrs. Bartoloni, and I had a lot of help from my committee members with choosing designs.”

She also explained,”The money will go towards the SGC so we can host more school wide events in the future.  Our store is only online and the deadline for orders is December 11th.”

Orders will be delivered after Christmas.  Here is the link for the store: Bulldog Apparel Store

If you have any questions, contact Maria at

New Hybrid Schedule Begins Nov. 9 at RHS

Nov. 6, 2020

Below are the times and breakdowns of the Hybrid Schedule that begins on Nov. 9.

Cohort A will be in person the week of Nov. 9 – Nov. 13.

Cohort B will be in person the following week Nov. 16 – 20.

When each cohort is in its remote week they will have their synchronous classes two days a week.

See the images below.  Click on the images to see a larger view of each.

Here’s the breakdown that indicate which classes will meet remotely on Monday / Wednesday and Tuesday / Thursday.


Veritas: November 2020

Nov. 2, 2020

This is the first page of our first edition of the Veritas for the 2020-2021 year.  Our regular print edition will not be distributed in school at this time.

Journalism students, along with senior editors, Althea Olsen and Emily Gaboriault, have worked hard through the ever changing schedule and academic environment to produce this paper.  Click on the page to see the entire paper.



Student Government’s New Big 5!

Emily Gaboriault (Queen of Hearts) and Miku Yoshioka at Project Pumpkin last year. They will lead SGC this year as two leaders of the Big 5. Veritas file photo

On Wednesday September 30th, the RHS Student Government Council elected their new Big 5!

President: Senior, Miku Yoshioka

Vice President: Senior, Emily Gaboriault

Secretary: Junior, Gabriella Gambon

Treasurer: Junior, Maddie Smith

Publicity coordinator: Junior, Carolayne Lage

Treasurer, Maddie Smith says, “It’s nice to be one of the leaders of STUCO now. I can have more of a say in the events and can help to make the school an even better place!”

Vice President, Emily Gaboriault says,”This has been a goal of mine since freshman year and to finally be able to say I am on Big 5 is a dream come true!”

Student government advisor, Mrs. Bartoloni, states, “This year’s elected board members and Big Five are all very driven young ladies who are looking to find creative ways to make this untraditional year the best one yet.”

These Bigs 5 ladies plan to lead student government during these difficult times to ensure that this year is full of fun, safe, and inclusive activities the whole school and community can enjoy.



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