Awards Season in High 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.

Sean Vo, Michael Belmonte, Sophie McLellan, Kimberlie Jean-Poix, Morgan Foster and Shandi Austin receive cords to wear on their graduation day. photo by Mrs. A. Donovon.

Matt Dunn and Julia DiCienzo were honored as Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the South Shore League Athletic Directors. Right is AD Gary Graziano.

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.

Veritas staff members. from left, Sophie McLellan, Sean Vo, Maddie Gear, Jasmin Morse and Erin Kearns show off achievement awards received at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on Friday May 5. The Veritas received awards of Highest Achievement for its print and on-line editions.

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!

 

Simulated Drunk Driving Accident to be Staged at RHS on May 15

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

5-10-16

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Many schools have staged a mock drunk driving accident especially at this time of the year.

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.

Baseball Team Honors Ten Seniors

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.

2016-2017 SGC Banquet

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

5-8-17

SGC Big 5 and Advisors

From left seniors, Julia DiCienzo, Shannon Lindahl, Noelle Atkins, Adam Royle and Taylor Gallagher led the SGC this year. Joanne White and Amanda Lanigan are SGC advisors. Maddie Gear photo

Last Wednesday, on May third in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall the graduating members of the RHS Student Government Council held their final gathering to reflect upon the 2016-2017 academic year.

After two videos highlighting this past year in the club, awards were given to many, as well as many speeches coming from the SGC E-Board. The seniors had to say goodbye to a club many of the graduating members have been involved with since freshman year.

Awards and Recipients
UNSUNG HERO (The Ed Damon Award) Jacob Leahy
SPIRIT AWARD (The Marianne Long Award) Jeffre Donahue
BEST COMMITTEE CHAIR (The Krystal Cowing Award) Hannah Murphy
INNOVATION AWARD (The Elizabeth DuRoss Award) Jillian Donahue
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (The Pat Fanning Award) Macie Jones
SEMASC AWARD (The Renee Ceurvels Award) Shawn Ward
MASC AWARD (The Kelsey Lewis Award) Jillian Donahue
BEST REPRESENTATIVE (The Aleksa Cieri Award) Caitlin Cameron
BEST HEAD REPRESENTATIVE (The Casey Regan Award) Francisco Oliveira
BEST CLASS PRESIDENT ( The Joshua May Award) Kaylee Patten
BEST SENIOR: Leo Field
BEST JUNIOR: Jaymie Atkins
BEST SOPHOMORE: Justin Sherlock
BEST FRESHMAN: Madeline Gear
MOST DEDICATED (Dan Guarracino Award) John Ellard
SGC BEST OVERALL (Ashley Kelly Award) Noelle Atkins
SPECIAL OLYMPICS ADVOCATE AWARD : Colleen McCarthy
THE SHOULDER TO LEAN ON AWARD: Chris Penney
ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD: Adam Royle
THE STEP IT UP AWARD: Shannon Lindahl
MOST RELIABLE AWARD: Julia DiCienzo
OUTSTANDING ORGANIZER AWARD: Taylor Gallagher
THE ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD: Noelle Atkins
photos below by Veritas photographer, Maddie Gear

photos taken by Maddie Gear

Seniors Recognized at Pops Concert

Seniors in the band and chorus received flowers from the parents’ band boosters. From left: Michael Belmonte, Sean Vo, Vivian Nguyen, Mr. John Piazza, band director, Morgan Foster, Jeffre Donahue, Genesis Rojas, Lauren Zaremba, Kimberlie Jean-Poix, Taylor Vernava, Luana Lima, Tatiana Hill, Sophie McLellan, Jurnee Dunn, Shandi Austin. Veritas photo

May 4, 2017

The Rockland Senior High School Music Department held its annual Pops Concert on Thursday evening, May 4.  Directors John Piazza and David Arruda led the band and chorus in several musical pieces.

Up first was the chorus singing “Seize the Day,” “Ave Verum,” “Hallelujah,” “South African Praises,” and “Good Riddance.”

After a brief ceremony in which the band boosters presented each of the senior members of the band and chorus with flower bouquets, the band performed. Their numbers included: “Alkali Ike Rag,” “My Favorite Things,” “Highlights from Annie the Movie,”  “Selections from West Side Story,” and “Cartoon Carnival.”

Lauren Zaremba receives her bouquet. Veritas photo

On Sunday, April 30 the RHS band played an introductory set before the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance for the community of Rockland. It was a great opportunity for them to be a part of a unique musical experience.

SGC End of the Year Banquet Tomorrow Night

Jasmin Morse, Website Editor

5-2-17

Tomorrow night at 7 pm in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall, Rockland High School’s Student Government Council will be hosting their annual end of the year banquet.

During this time the club will be reflecting upon this year’s accomplishments and memories. Speeches will be given by all senior board members as well as president of each class. Multiple awards  will be given out to a few of the star SGC members.

The event will also include the senior members’ last energizer, and will end with the passing of the gavel from 2016-2017 SGC president, Noelle Atkins, to 2017-2018 president, Hannah Murphy.

RHS Travel Club Visits England, Ireland and Scotland

photos courtesy of Kristen Walsh

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

4-26-17

Over this April Vacation, alongside the Guatemala Trip, other RHS students and staff traveled to England, Ireland and Scotland.

The trip consisted of 46 students chaperoned by six RHS faculty members. According to the leader of the RHS Travel Club, Kristen Walsh, everything went well. She said, “[The kids] had good attitudes, were open minded.” She also reflected upon the awesome tour guides they had that were funny, yet extremely informative about places and history that might be unfamiliar to most students.

Ms. Walsh said the crowd favorite was probably Edinburgh in Scotland. She explained that the city was very different from the ones we are used to here. In Scotland, they visited Edinburgh Castle.

Another beloved spot was London, England where they spent three days. One of the favorite spots on the trip was the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, that they visited at night.  She said it gave them  a “cool view.”

They also spent four days in Ireland: two days in Northern Ireland, as well as two in Dublin. In Northern Ireland they spent some time at Giant’s Causeway, a formation of rocks the students had the opportunity to climb.Ms. Walsh explained she thoroughly enjoyed the tour guides who discussed subjects like the problems and conflicts that have taken place in the country, and made them funny and enjoyable to learn about.

It was an enjoyable trip that also gave cultural and historical lessons to the Rockland High School students.

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