Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor
Thursday night, March 16th, the RHS Music Department hosted its annual Broadway Night event. Each year, the department chooses two musicals, with students being able to choose selections from the two musicals. This year, Broadway Night was reinvented and became more of a cabaret style event, where students could choose a song from any Broadway musical.
At 7:00 pm, the band opened Act I of the show with “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. After that, the first singer to perform was freshman Julia Yeadon with “Distant Melody” from Peter Pan.
After Act I closed with “Come Up to My Place” from On the Town, performed by juniors Erin Field and Devin Gallagher, Act II opened with the RHS Chorus where they performed “Seize The Day” from the musical Newsies.
This year, Broadway Night had a variety of musical numbers ranging from classic Broadway musicals such as previously mentioned On The Town to new musicals such as Hamilton. With the two-show cap lifted, students felt as if they really had the chance to showcase their true talent this year.
Act II closed with “Little Shop of Horrors” from the musical of the same name, which marked the end of an overall successful night.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Monday, March 13 marked the beginning of a week dedicated to helping promote a positive environment in Rockland High School. A committee of members of the Student Goverrnment Council have been hard a work planning events and promotions for Special Education’s, “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign along with overall positivity.
To kick off the week, members of the RHS basketball teams teamed up with Special Education students to create a Rockland Unified Basketball team. On Monday night, they competed against Abington’s unified team and after a well played game Rockland took home the win.
For everyday of the week as well students are encouraged to wear colors coordinated to the weekday to loosely represent the rainbow.
Also, in the cafeteria there is an array of colorful Post-It notes with different positive messages available for students and staff to take or make and give to others, or to take for themselves to promote positivity.
On Friday, “Spread the Word to End the Word” Day is planned to raise awareness to end the misuse of the highly offense term, “retarded.” In the cafeteria, the word will will be painted on a large sign, and during the lunches students and staff are encouraged to go up where paint will be available to put on their hands to make hand prints to cover up the word. There will also be another poster students and staff will have the opportunity to sign up and pledge to help raise awareness of the misuse of the term.
The Rockland and Abington Unified basketball players treated a large crowd on Monday night in Rockland with a fun-filled game. The large roster of Rockland girls and boys players battled against Abington’s roster to a 59-46 win for Rockland. The score was not the story of the game, however. What was the story was the teamwork and togetherness that both groups demonstrated. There was also a lot of good shooting and defense played.
The unified teams are made up of players from the varsity basketball teams from Rockland and Abington who mentor the players from their schools’ Special Education programs.
This is an event that everyone looks forward to. It is organized by Rockland Athletic Director, Gary Graziano and coached by physical education instructors, Brenda Folsom and Mike Doyle. For Abington Athletic Director Peter Serino organized the event along with coaches John and Sarah McGinness.
Thanks to William Marquardt (c6bill.smugmug.com) for sharing some of his photos.
Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor
The boys’ hockey team will travel to Bourne today at 1:30 to prepare for their D3 south semifinal match-up against Nantucket. The Dogs are fresh off their thrilling victory over Hanover in the quarterfinals, (2-1 in a shootout). The Indians, the reigning state champs, had only lost to Rockland once before the fateful Saturday afternoon.
It was a game of hard-nosed defensive effort and limited scoring opportunities. The score was locked at 0-0 through three regulation periods and two overtime periods. After Hanover took a 1-0 lead thanks to Zach Taylor, the Dogs rattled off two goals to comeback in the shootout and advance. Freshman Zach Callahan scored the equalizer, and senior captain Matt Dunn scored the game-winner. Junior Goaltender Harry O’Brien put in nothing short of a stellar performance, piling up 40 saves against a polished Hanover offense.
The Nantucket Whalers (19-0-3) are the #2 seed in Division 3 south, while the Dogs (20-1-3) sit at #3. Ultimately, this team is a mere 3 wins away from an appearance in the state championship at the TD Garden in Boston. Make sure to get on the highway and get over to Gallo at 4:30 to see some more magic happen.
photos by Kelley Reale and the Enterprise Sports
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Senior Genesis Rojas will be moving on from her win at RHS’s annual Poetry Out Loud competition, to the State Finals level.
On Sunday, March 5 in So. Yarmouth Rojas competed against 21 other high school students in the Southeastern Regional Semi-final round of the Massachusetts 12th annual Poetry Out Loud competition.
She performed the poems “Introduction to the Songs of Innocence” by William Blake and “Windigo” by Louise Erdrich. Out of 21 contestants Rojas was chosen along with seven others to move on to the state finals.
Poetry Out Loud is an annual competition at the national level that was established in 2005. Rockland has competed all 12 years in the Southeastern Regionals, the only school to do this, and has brought six students to State Finals. RHS even was home for the 2007 and 2008 State Champion, Gabrielle Guarracino (RHS Class of 2008).
The State Finals will take place next Sunday, March 12 at the Old South Meeting House in Boston.
Head of the RHS English Department as well as Rojas’s coach, Carol Cahill stated, “I am very happy Genesis is moving on to the finals; I am not surprised. She has a natural gift for performing and should do very well next weekend in Boston.”
This Friday (3/10) there will be a Saver’s clothing drive to benefit the students from RHS who are going on the Guatemala Trip in April.
If the group can collect 400 bags of donations, Savers will donate $1,000 to the trip.
If you have any clothing or other soft household items (blankets, pillows etc) you would like to donate, just toss them in a 13-gallon bag and bring them in on Friday. The truck will be coming at 3PM on Friday to pick up the goods. Any donation is greatly appreciated as it will bring the group closer to reaching their goal!
15 students and staff from Rockland High School are taking a trip to Panajachel, Guatemala during April vacation this year. April vacation starts on the 14th, and ends on the 23rd.Students will be treated to beautiful scenery there, but the trip to Guatemala is more of a service trip than a trip to go sightseeing. Mrs. Shaughnessy, one of the chaperones along with Ms. Lanigan and Mr. Connors, says, “We will be teaching the kids how to install water filters, and teach impoverished families how to filter the water so they can have clean drinking water.”
The people going on the trip include 12 students, and three chaperones.
The total cost of the trip is $2,100 per person, which includes airfare, hotel, most meals and insurance. A lot of fundraising is going on to lower the price.
Ms. Lanigan said, “Please spread the word to friends and family as well