By Joseph McMullen ‘19
Congratulations to all of the juniors and their families that had attended the Junior Leadership ceremony on November 8. Receiving a medallion and a respectively purchased ring is an honor. The meaning behind the medallions and the rings is to show that the juniors of Brother Rice High School are ready to help others as true leaders that are bonded together in brotherhood.
Juniors Myles Hopkins and Matteo Valencia both had similar ideas of the meaning of the medallions and the rings. Matteo, one of the students who had only received a medallion, said, “The medallions give a sense of brotherhood. They remind me of the classmates I grew with.”
Myles, one of the students who purchased a ring, said, “The rings symbolize coming of age. They join us together in brotherhood as a school and as a group that shows brotherly love to everyone.”
Students who purchased a ring chose certain elements to make it unique. Some of the elements are, but not limited to, the following: metal type, gem type, inclusion of the student’s name, and a symbol within the gem. These elements show individuality between each student, showcasing different areas the student may be involved with.
Towards the beginning of the ceremony, the juniors recite a pledge as “the members of the Class of 2019, [to] accept our medallions and rings as symbols of our unity.” This pledge unites the juniors of Brother Rice into brotherhood and calls for the help of our growing leaders in everyday life. Many people every day need the help of another person. Let those helpers be the leaders that Brother Rice High School fosters.