Rockland High School students received academic achievement awards on Wednesday, June 4 at the annual Underclassmen Academic Awards Banquet held at the Emerald Hall in Abington. The awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the Academic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Inducted were alumni Marsha Fader ’68, Wayne Owen ’74 and Fredrick Damon’84 (see this website on Tuesday for more information on the Hall of Fame inductees.)
Each of RHS’ academic departments recognized their Academic Achievers in grades 9-11. Receiving Overall Outstanding Academic Achiever Awards were Alyssa Collins, grade 11, Ryan Sugrue, grade 10, and Luana Lima, grade 9.
Junior Danielle Hill received several awards at the banquet including a Silver Key for Drawing from the Globe Scholastic Art Show. Danielle was also recognized for being selected to Art All-State and for her participation in the State Finals of the Poetry Out Loud Contest. She also performed one of her poems from the competition.
Sophomore Ashley Pezzella was recognized as a first place winner in the Patriotic Art Show of Massachusetts sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Her drawing will now be entered in the Nationals.
For more details on all the award winners scroll through our photo gallery.
Superintendent John Retchless and Guidance Director Melanie Shaw presented junior Alyssa Collins with the Overall Outstanding Academic Achiever Award for Grade 11.
Assistant Principal Sue Patton & Principal Alan Cron presented junior Alyssa Collins with the Rensselaer Award for Math & Science.
Shawn Ward & Hannah Millen received the Grade 9 Art Achievement Award.
Celia Rosa holding the Grade 10 Art Achievement Award presented to her by Art Department Director, Sandra Gibson.
Juniors Danielle Hill and Hailey Smith holding their Grade 11 Art Achievement Awards.
Ashley Pezzella was the Patriotic Art Show of Massachusetts, first place winner. Her drawing pictured above will now be entered in the Nationals. Her award was presented by Melissa Pratt, and Claire Payne of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars (LAVFW).
Left to right are juniors Nicole Cook, Dennis McPeck, Eddie Yeadon, Kara Penney who have been selected to represent RHS at Boys and Girls State.
Sophomore Kaleigh Pishkin holding the Family Consumer Science Award for Grade 10, presented by Mrs. Fleming.
Freshmen Isabelle Pica and Meghan Saucier holding the Family Consumer Science Award for Grade 9 presented by teacher Trish Fleming.
Danielle Hill received several awards at the Academic Awards Banquet including a Silver Key for Drawing from the Globe Scholastic Art Show, Honorable Mention from the Second Parish Church of Hingham Art Show, and First Place Drawing from the Congressional Art Show. Danielle was also recognized for being selected to Art All-State and for her participation in the State Finals of the Poetry Out Loud Contest. Assistant Principal Susan Patton presented Danielle with her awards and recognition certificates.
Sophomore Ella Engle was a Multi-Award Winner in English and Music. Her plaque was presented by Assistant Principal Susan Patton.
Juniors Alex Pigeon and Pearse McNally received the English Academic Achiever Award, presented by English teacher, Amy Woodward.
Freshmen Julio DiCienzo and Sydney Wells received the English Department’s Academic Achievement Award, presented by English teacher, Amy Woodward.
Assistant Principal Susan Patton presented freshman Evan Murphy with his Academic Achievement Award for Social Studies and Physical Education.
Junior Iman Bendarkawi was presented an award for Foreign Language by Mr. Moscoso.
Sophomores Matthew Kirslis and Erika Wiley received a Foreign Language Award from Mr. Moscoso.
Freshmen Yousra Bendarkawi and Sean Vo received their Foreign Language Achievement Awards from Spanish teacher, Jorge Moscoso.
Freshman Genesis Rojas received an academic achievement award in music from Music Department Director Matt Harden.
Assistant Principal Patton presented sophomore Haley Macray with a Mulit-Award Winner plaque for Academic Achievement in both Art and English.
Music Director Matt Harden presented junior Ian Welch with the Music Department’s Academic Achievement Award.
Julia Matson received the Grade 11 Math Academic Achievement Award from math teacher Fred Damon.
Juniors Kaitlyn Mott (left) and Taylor Reis received an Academic Achievement Award for Family Consumer Science from instructor Trish Fleming.
Junior Kara Penney was presented the St. Michael’s College Book Award by Assistant Principal Susan Patton.
Freshman Luana Lima was presented with the Overall Outstanding Academic Achiever Award by Superintendent Joh Retchless and Guidance Director Melanie Shaw.
Junior Markus Rohwetter received a Math and Music Academic Achievement Mulit-Winner Award, presented by Assistant Principal Susan Patton/
Noelle Atkins and Jessica Lutts were presented with Math Department Academic Achievement Awards, presented by math teacher Fred Damon
Junior Brian Cohen received an Academic Achievement Award for Business, presented by math teacher Fred Damon
Freshman Matt Dunn received an Academic Achievement Award for Business from math teacher and Hall of Fame inductee, Fred Damon.
Sophomores Michael Rocha (left) and John Yandle won Technical Education Academic Achievement Awards, presented to them by Technical Education Department Head, Brenda Folsom.
Junior Benjamin McKenna was presented an Academic Achievement Award for Physical Education by Physical Education Director Brenda Folsom.
Sophomore Michael Ivanoskos won an award for Physical Education from by Physical Education Director Brenda Folsom.
Freshman Michael Belmonte received his Multi -Winner Award in Music and Technical Education from Assistant Principal Sue Patton.
Sophomores Sara Bistany (left) and Lexie Carchedi received their Social Studies Academic AchievementAwards from Social Studies Chair Randall Grimmett.
Social Studies Department Chair Randal Grimmett presented the department’s Academic Achievement Awards to juniors Brandon Hutchinson (left) and Cameron Kelley.
Freshman Adam Royle received his Multi-Winner Academic Achievement Award for Health and Technical Education from Asst. Principal Sue Patton.
Department Chair Brenda Folsom presented the Technical Education Achievement Awards to juniors Adam Garden (left) and Jason Cameron.
Freshman Emily Delaney received an Academic Achievement Award in both Business and Social Studies presented to her by Assistant Principal Susan Patton.
Juniors Kallie Morss and Madeline Daly were given their Academic Achievement Awards in Science by science teacher Jennifer Wozniak.
Assistant Principal Susan Patton presented sophomore Thomas Spengler with a Multi-Winner Award for his academic achievement in both Business and Mathematics.
Taylor Reis received the I Dare You Award from Assistant Principal Susan Patton.
Freshmen Douglas Reardon and Vivian Nguyen received Academic Achievement Awards in Science. Science teacher Jennifer Wozniak made the presentation.
Ryan Sugrue received the Overall Outstanding Academic Achiever Award from Rockland Superintendent of Schools, John Retchless and RHS Guidance Director Melanie Shaw.
Sophomore Sarah Margolis was a Multi-Award Winner for Mathematics and Science. Her award was presented by Assistant Principal Susan Patton.