The Rockland High School Class of 2017 visited each of Rockland’s elementary schools on Wednesday, May 31. The seniors boarded a bus and traveled first to the Esten Elementary School; then it was on to Jefferson Elementary School and Memorial Park Elementary where they were applauded by the school children as they walked the halls that many of them had once walked in their early days of school. The last stop was Rogers Middle School.
Rockland High School’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Rockland Memorial Stadium.
On Tuesday, May 23, the RHS Music Department held its annual Music Banquet. The banquet started off in the cafeteria with food catered by Mrs. Karen Parlee, Madison Parlee’s mother. After, the banquet transitioned to the auditorium for the awards portion of the ceremony.
Photos courtesy of Music Boosters
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
As the RHS Class of 2017 approaches graduation, they took part in Senior Issues on May 25 and 26. This year marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Rockland High’s Senior Issues.
RHS nurse, Kathi Ryan organized the events by splitting up the senior class into eight groups over the two days of events.
On Thursday groups 1-4 reported to the gymnasium for a presentation on College Fire & Life Safety, a presentation Lt. Scott Margolis started for the Class of 2014. It covers general fire safety behavior, distracted driving, overcrowding at clubs, theaters and more.
Afterwards they completed the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver CPR & AED course where all 144 graduating seniors are certified. Volunteers assisting with the CPR course were Tammy Ryan R.N. from South Shore VNA, Barbara Leary R.N. from Linden Ponds in Hingham, Pat Stone R.N., Lt. John Sammon from Rockland Fire and Firefighter-Paramedic Tim Royer from Hanson Fire.
While groups 1-4 were doing that, groups 5-8 rotated among 4 presentations; “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” by Harbor One Bank, a Skin Cancer/Melanoma presentation where students had an opportunity to go under a UV light to check for damaged skin, a yoga class, and an open discussion with Rockland Police and Rockland CARES. On Friday the groups swapped presentations.
John MacDonald, Veritas Staff
Lacrosse is a newly found sport for Rockland High within the last four years. Back then no one really knew much about the sport, it was still so new. However, now lax is on the rise. The team’s growth has progressed each year since it started four years ago.
Sophomore Mark Spragues stated, “Since last year our team’s numbers have noticeably grown, from the incoming freshmen. Also, students that just now decided to pick up the sport helped grow the team.”
This year’s team is confident that they are going to put Rockland lacrosse on the map. Kev Fennell claimed, “We are ready to take the South Shore League by storm this year.” Fennell is a junior who has played lax for all three years of his high school life. He’s very passionate about the sport and is very confident about how the team will do this year.
Being the young team in the league, other teams are definitely looking to beat the Rockland team.
Junior Will Breadmore stated, “From what I have seen the past two years since I’ve been on the team, Mashpee and Pembroke are our two biggest rivals. We know going into that game they are going to be chippy. We just gotta keep our heads and play our game.”
Breadmore knows that teams are going to be tough, but he says he will not shy away. He will keep his head up and try to help his team in any way that he can.
The team qualified for tournament with a convincing 14-1 win over Norton on May 25. This will be the lacrosse team’s first tournament appearance in its short history, showing the steady progress that the team has made since its beginning.
Coach Dave Taylor has been the coach from the beginning and is certainly pleased with the record this year of 10 wins and 8 losses.
The MIAA released tournament pairings on Saturday. Rockland, with a record of 9-9 got the 17th seed and will play a preliminary game against #16 Sturgis East at Simpkins Field on Tuesday, May 30 at 5 pm. The winner will play #1 seed Hanover on Thursday, June 1 at Hanover. Twenty teams qualified for the Division 3 South play-offs. Like Rockland, Sturgis is a new program, having only competed at the varsity level for two years. They qualified for tournament last year.
May 28, 2017
The girls lacrosse team qualified for the postseason with a 16-1 win over South Shore Vo-Tech on May 24.
The lacrosse team had never qualified since this is only their second year competing as a varsity sport. It is also only the fourth year there has been a lacrosse team. The girls did it at home on senior day!
For more on their historic win go here.
Update on tournament: The girls with a 9-8-1 record were ranked 17th in Division 2 South and will play a preliminary round game against Nantucket on Tuesday, May 30 in Nantucket at 4:30 p.m. The winner of this game will play #1 seed, Cohasset in Cohasset on Wednesday or Thursday.
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. (moved to Tuesday, May 30 11 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. Senior Cook-out 11 a.m. (moved from Friday, May 26)
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.