Juniors’ ring ceremony is a rite of passage

 

Students wait patiently to receive their class rings. (Photo: McHugh)

Many students ordered a class ring during their sophomore year, and now, during their junior year, they attended the much-anticipated ring ceremony where they received the ring they designed.

The ring itself has always been a mark of distinction, prestige, and influence worn with pride in every nation of the world. The class rings of today originated in the year 1835 and were first purchased by the graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point to symbolize the ideas and traditions of the school.

Junior Katie Schulze lights one of the ceremonial candles during the speech given by the class officers. (Photo: McHugh)

 The rings received on Nov. 2, 2011, by the class of 2013 are meant to be worn so that when the student looks at it, he or she is able to read the name of the school around the stone. When a student graduates, the ring is turned the other way so that others may read the name.

Students were able to design the ring completely, adding to it their own flare and style, and finally receiving the finished project gave them a sense of pride.

“It was personalized to fit me,” said junior Charles Wayne. “Of course I like it.”

The ceremony consisted of:

  • A grand welcome by Principal Kelly Tyler.
  • The presentation of the colors by the LHS ROTC Color Guard.
  • An introduction of the 2013 junior class officers by Student Government advisor Scottie Spry.
  • A welcoming speech by junior class president Edwin Elliot accompanied by a description of the ring’s heritage by the class officers.
  • A class unity speech, presented by the class officers.
  • The presentation of class rings, starting with the class officers.

 

Juniors Katie Schulze, Edwin Elliott, and Hayley Seawell admire each other's class rings. (Photo: McHugh)

 The ring also has a more sentimental tradition; it should be turned 112 times toward the pinky finger by friends and family, while the 113 turn is reserved for someone special and should be turned in the opposite direction towards your heart to lock it.

Some students seemed sceptical of the ring’s tradition, but decided to try following it anyway.

“Maybe I will follow the ring’s tradition, but maybe not,” said Wayne. “I’ll have to see.”

The ceremony was followed up with refreshments in the Curtis Peterson Auditorium lobby. Drinks and slices of cake were offered, and many families utilized this time to take pictures of students and their friends.

Junior Matt Alt shows off his new class ring with pride. (Photo: McHugh)

 “It was a nice way to receive my ring,” said Wayne. “It made me feel good; finally the wait was over.”

The presentation of the rings themselves were very formal, with every aspect of the tradition being followed.

“My favorite part was when I received my ring,” said junior Matt Alt. “It made me feel good, and complete.”

The class ring is a symbol of many things, and the class of 2013 should wear it with pride, carrying forward one of our school’s more prestigious traditions.