The traditional ring ceremony honoring the junior class, Class of 2024, took place on Wednesday, February 15th in the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine. The most notable part of this formal event is the giving of the rings from the seniors to the juniors, which symbolizes the passing down of responsibility.
Following the bequeathing of rings, senior class president, Justine Xu, gave a speech to the rising seniors. She cited that the Class of 2024 will be the role models for the underclassmen to look up to as they are expected to rise to the occasion and be leaders. “Your behaviors, actions, and the way you carry yourself both in and out of school will all matter greatly, and it is up to you to prepare for the responsibilities that are coming your way very soon,” she stated.
Xu further explained that the rings represent a connection — a connection to the school as a student and a future alumnus of the St. John’s School, and a connection to the class as they create memories and bonds and provide encouragement to each other.
“I am so excited to see what each and every one of you will accomplish. Always remember to set a good example, to be leaders of the school and in the community, and very soon, to live up to being the St. John’s School’s Senior Class,” concluded Xu.