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Video Coverage of RHS Walkout

Jasmin Morse, Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


Although delayed a day due to this relentless winter, RHS held a walkout yesterday, March 15 in response to the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL.

In the link is a video of segments of the walkout, interviews with some of the organizers, students, RHS Principal John Harrison, and School Resource Officer Ethan Schnabel in regards to the planning, purpose, and evaluation of the school walkout.


Students Walk Out to Remember Parkland School Shooting Victims

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


On Thursday, March 15, RHS held a student-driven walkout in memoriam of the 17 lives lost in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL. on Feb. 14. During the first part of the 17 minute walkout, the approximately 300 students who gathered outside the west entrance of RHS stood in silence as senior Hannah Murphy read the name of each of the lives lost in Parkland.

Speakers and organizers of the event included: Megan Diver, Katie Houde, Kerin Dalton, Rebekah Panaro, Ronan McNally,  Hannah Murphy and Michelle Ramoska. Diver introduced each speaker and thanked students and faculty who supported the event. Houde read her poem “Bullet Proof Teen,” Dalton read her statement about student involvement against gun violence, McNally and Panaro encouraged students to continue their activism by registering to vote and by participating in the nationwide March 24 student protest that will be held on Boston Common.

After the walkout, Mr. Harrison, principal of RHS, said that he thought it went very well, and he commended the organizers and all the students who participated.

Following the rally, students were able to register and pre-register to vote in the cafeteria during lunch.

Check back to the Veritas website for our video interviews with Megan Diver, Katie Houde, Officer Ethan Schnabel and Mr. Harrison.

RHS Students Travel to Guatemala on Service Trip


Eighteen Rockland High School students traveled to , Guatemala on Saturday, Feb 17 to Saturday, Feb. 24.

They were accompanied by RHS teachers, Chad Bigsby, Kata Medeiros, Jill Delaney, and Amanda Lanigan

The students and staff went to help Worthy Village organization volunteers to implement clean water, health, and hygiene programs for the poor, indigenous people of rural Guatemala.

Junior Ashley Murphy was one of the eighteen who went and Veritas reporters, Haiden Fiore and Emily Marquis interviewed her before and after the trip as seen in the video below.

The students who participated included:Jaymie Atkins, Kate Burke, Lexi Coulstring, Meghan Dion, Jill Donahue, Leah Drago, John Ellard, Brianne Ferraro, Sean Fitzgerald, Mary Flaherty, Hope Geary, Jake Leander, Meri Long, Carolyn McCarthy, Ronan McNally, Ashley Murphy, Joe Naughton, Sabrina Sprague

Images Magazine Nationally Recognized

Sean Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Kelly are editors of Images Literary Magazine this year. Veritas photo

Shane Rosczewski


Images Magazine, has been selected to receive a rank of Excellent in the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Receiving congratulations were advisors Chad Bigsby and Chris Neal, and the students who produced this exemplary publication. The NCTE said, “You have inspired a love of writing and built a community around the written word that your students will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The mission of NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines, inspiring excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.

372 schools across the country submitted their publications to the program.  Images was one of eight to receive an Excellent ranking in Massachusetts.

Last year’s editors, Lauren Zaremba and Lulu Lima (Class of 2017) were cited for their contributions.

This year the senior editor is Sean Fitzgerald and the junior editor is Elizabeth Kelley. They are working together to carry on the tradition of excellence that the magazine has attained.

Anyone may be a part of Images and can submit artwork, poetry or stories.    Images’ on-line webzine can be found here.

A sample from the last Images’ webzine is below.

Bringing the Community Together at Unified Bocce

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


Every year, the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization hosts an Unified Bocce Tournament. This past Sunday, Jan. 29, was the second consecutive year RHS has hosted this event.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. At the event, 15 schools participated in the tourney and 15 others came to support and cheer on the Special Olympians.

In total, the MASC and the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization sponsored event had 40, four person teams participating from all over Massachusetts.

At the event hosted by our SGC president, Hannah Murphy, attendees could buy items from concessions, raffles, an Olympic village, and lunch which were all provided by Rockland Student Government. In the end, all proceeds went back to the Special Olympics.

At the Opening Ceremony, RHS Special Olympian, Anthony DiNino carried in the torch and was accompanied by school resource officer, Ethan Schnabel.

Here, Patti Doherty, the Massachusetts Director of Schools and youth engagement reminded students councils about the upcoming Polar Plunge. All proceeds will go to Special Olympics and the set goal is to raise over $50,000 at the event.

Doherty concluded at the close of the event, there was over 500 attendees to the event, marking it to be the largest Bocce Tournament to be held by the Special Olympics. Also stating, “we are lucky to have had Rockland host the tournament the last two years.”

Mock Trial Makes Its Way to Court

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


mock trial team on way to meet

The Rockland High School Mock Trial team gets ready on Jan. 25 to travel to Brockton District Court where they will compete in a mock trial meet against Thayer Academy. Top left to right: Annie Kelley, Emmy Kelley, Maddie Gear, Hannah Wyllie. Bottom left to right, Molly Boggs, Caitlin Cameron, Marissa Smith, Jasmin Morse, Kate Burke, and Harry Hunter. Veritas photo

After months of preparation, the RHS Mock Trial Club finally made its way to Brockton District Court to face off against Thayer Academy yesterday, Jan. 25.

In this trial, RHS took the role of plaintiff. Acting as attorneys were senior, Harry Hunter, junior, Jasmin Morse, and first timers, sophomores, Molly Boggs and freshman, Annie Kelley. Witnesses were first timers, sophomores Hannah Wyllie, Maddie Gear, and junior, Kate Burke.

In the end, RHS won the verdict of the case after great preparation and hard work with assistance from advisers, Greg Rowe and Randal Grimmett.

RHS Students Roll Up Their Sleeves for a Great Cause

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


It has been three years since Rockland’s National Honor Society has hosted an American Red Cross blood drive. This past Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the back gym, students and teachers lined up to donate their blood and red blood cells to patients in need at local hospitals.

At the blood drive, the Red Cross collected 30 donations, these 30 pints of blood will be used to save up to 90 lives.

Throughout the day, seven donors completed the Power Red Cell donation. Here, donors participated in apheresis which removes the plasma through separation of the cells and plasma. At the end of this process, the blood cells are reintroduced into the body and the plasma is then donated to patients being treated for autoimmune diseases.

Another notable part of the day included 21 first-time donors throughout the Red Cross Blood Drive.

Matt Belanger, Red Cross account manager said to Mrs. Kendra Donovan, NHS advisor, “Without the support of partners like your NHS chapter and the selfless donors that roll-up their sleeves we would be lost.  You truly are lifesavers and should be extremely proud of what you accomplished.”

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