Rings and year­books help stu­dents in­vest in good mem­o­ries

The Catoosa County News - - SPIRITUAL -

High school is not only a chal­leng­ing time in a young stu­dent’s life, but also a pe­riod that can have a pro­found im­pact on a young per­son, as so many mem­o­ries are cre­ated in the years stu­dents spend in high school.

By the time their high school ca­reers end, stu­dents typ­i­cally have many me­men­tos from their school days. Year­books and class rings are two such me­men­tos, and each is a last­ing sym­bol of school and a great way to show alumni pride. Year­books Year­books are per­haps the most popular me­mento among grad­u­ates. Schools and year­book com­mit­tees go to great lengths to pro­duce year­books that high­light the best of what a school has to of­fer. Well-re­ceived year­books are those that not only in­clude the stan­dard snapshots of the stu­dent body, but piece to­gether the can­did pho­tos and sto­ries that re­ally paint a pic­ture of a school and its grad­u­at­ing classes. From a fresh­man dance to a se­nior theater pro­duc­tion, year­books in­clude it all, serv­ing as a on­estop scrap­book of school rec­ol­lec­tions.

Sales of year­books may also be put to­ward fundrais­ing ef­forts for the school - fu­el­ing fu­ture pro­grams and re­sources for stu­dents. Year­books give stu­dents an ac­ces­si­ble way to look back on their youth and shared ex­pe­ri­ences with other stu­dents. Class rings Class rings are an­other way for stu­dents to mark their time in high school. Rings are cus­tom­ar­ily of­fered for sale to the grad­u­at­ing class. What sets th­ese apart from other school mo­men­tos is that they of­ten can be cus­tom­ized based on the in­ter­ests of the stu­dent.

Class rings can fea­ture names, team num­bers, icons that rep­re­sent clubs in which a stu­dent par­tic­i­pated, and a host of other spe­cific in­for­ma­tion about grad­u­ates. In many cases, rings in­clude the grad­u­a­tion year and a stone that rep­re­sents the school’s color. The size, shape and style of the ring may be pre­de­ter­mined by the school, or soon-to-be grad­u­ates may be per­mit­ted to de­sign their own rings.

Some schools con­tract jew­el­ers to pro­vide group pric­ing to stu­dents. How­ever, stu­dents can work with jew­el­ers on their own as well. Art Carved, Jostens and Bal­four are some of the well-known class ring providers, but main­stream jew­el­ers such as Kay and Zales also of­fer class rings and grad­u­a­tion jew­elry presents.

Rings can be a last­ing way to show school pride. Rings some­times be­come heir­looms that are handed down through the gen­er­a­tions as kids fol­low in the foot­steps of their an­ces­tors.

Men and women of­ten cher­ish their school year­books and class rings from high school. Such me­men­tos will stand the test of time and help any­one re­call their high school years.

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