Class rings pass on great tradition

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3by Ben Heller
Eagle Staff

For decades, St. Thomas has had a long and outstanding tradition with class rings. The school galantly celebrates the tradition by having a special mass to commemorate the occasion when the students receive their rings.

In 1982, the school began collecting these class rings.

There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with recieving a class ring.

“When I got my ring it felt really honorable. It is kind of like that moment you have been waiting for since freshman year,” senior Kevin Viola said. “When you are finally there, it kind of resembles that you are now going to be the leader of the school.”

Herff Jones has dedicated themselves toward handcrafting these beautiful rings. Although there have been various design changes since their creation, the message of tradition and honor remains the same.

Despite the honored tradition that comes with class rings, and the effort Herff Jones has dedicated to these rings, some students have problems with the rings.

Several students find the high price of the rings unappealing.

“I did not want a ring because given the price, it is not worth it. I know I go to St. Thomas. I don’t need a symbol to wear. I am a man of St. Thomas,” junior Thomas McCarthy said. “I’ll get one from my college, but I just don’t think it is necessary to get a ring from your high school.”

McCarthy’s opinion is quite reasonable considering a ring costs around $400-$500. That, plus the customization of the ring, makes the ring, with its highest price, closer to $600.

There are some, however, who do not have problems with the price of the ring itself, and would like to continue to update the ring’s appearance.

“The ring should not be required to use garnets. If they are going to have a gem they should at least give us an option of what the gem is,” junior Reese Carlos said. “As for the vistavues, the rings could have no gem and a vistavue or no vistavue at all. The vistavues with the gem are hard to see.”

Although these students raise problems with the class rings, there are those who are proud of the rings.

The tradition of recieving a class ring is something that can only be understood by those that take part in it.

“I love being a part of this constantly growing tradition of class rings,” junior William Wheeler said. “I feel like when I receive this ring, I will truly become a man of St. Thomas.”

The juniors will receive the rings they ordered at the junior Ring Mass on Sunday, April 6. These Eagles will become a part of the long and respected history of class rings.

This is something that has been honored for decades at St. Thomas, solidifying their role as leaders in the Eagle community.

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