St. Anthony Catholic High School Hosts 2024 Junior Ring Ceremony

April 19, 2024

On Wednesday, April 10, St. Anthony Catholic High School (SACHS) hosted its Junior Ring Ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2025 stepping into their place as the school’s new senior class.

The 72 students who make up the SACHS junior class were all invited to participate in the ceremony. Those who were not receiving a ring were invited to bring an alternative piece of jewelry to the ceremony that would signify their class progression.

“The Junior Ring Ceremony is a means for us to come together to recognize the Junior Class students as the future leaders on our campus,” noted Sharon Longoria, SACHS dean of Student Affairs. “It is their next step, which brings them one step closer to the realization of their senior year.

The ceremony has been hosted for nearly 20 years and brings much excitement to the junior class. Although the rings are delivered to the school prior to the event, students do not get to see them until the ceremony. Longoria shared that when participating students open their ring boxes surrounded by their friends, family and the school community, a look of undeniable pride spreads across their faces.

“The rings represent a wide variety of meanings for the students,” explained Dr. Steven Hayward, SACHS dean of Academics. “They are highly personalized and tend to reflect academic, extracurricular and personal successes they’ve had, as well as obstacles they’ve overcome. They also represent a coming of age of sorts, as this ceremony marks the beginning of their last year of high school.”

These students may only have one more year at SACHS, but they will forever remain a part of the school’s legacy and mission that prepares young men and women for positions of responsibility and leadership.

As each class receives their class rings, completes their senior year and ultimately goes on to positively contribute to society, their SACHS family remains steadfast in providing encouragement and support. Each faculty and staff member hopes that the lessons they shared with the students during their time in high school stay with them forever.

“My hope is that they are primed to face the road before them with all its challenges to their faith and morals, and that the faith, skills and knowledge they have gained during their time at St. Anthony’s serve them well,” expressed Hayward.

Longoria shared similar sentiments, as she said, “Our hope is always that during their high school years with us, they discover their God-given gifts and talents and grow in confidence to share their gifts with others. We want them to be rooted in the Gospel values so that they are prepared for anything that comes their way.”

Congratulations to this year’s recognized juniors! Best wishes on a wonderful senior year.