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Northwest students purchase class rings from Herf-Jones

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Northwest junior Kate Maille sits in the courtyard, displaying her class ring. Maille bought her class ring from Herf-Jones to celebrate her high school experience.

Northwest junior Kate Maille sits in the courtyard, displaying her class ring. Maille bought her class ring from Herf-Jones to celebrate her high school experience.

Northwest junior Kate Maille sits in the courtyard, displaying her class ring. Maille bought her class ring from Herf-Jones to celebrate her high school experience.

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As the school year pulls to a close, some students are sporting their class rings. Whether the student is a member of the girls’ basketball team or the chorus, Herf-Jones most likely provided them.

Herf-Jones is a company that provides class rings, and advertises frequently at Northwest. They have been known to host assemblies that pull students out of class to pitch their deals on their rings. One student who has seized on their deal is chorus student and junior Kate Maille.

“I liked my ring a lot,” said Maille. “It’s a little loose, but I think I’ll grow into it. Or I’ll resize it, since it did include a free resizing.”

Maille customized her ring with decals advertising her commitment as a chorus student at Northwest, as well as with her last name, and chose a blue stone. This is only one example of Herf-Jones’s options for customization of class rings.

There are also plenty of options for athletes such as basketball player and sophomore Thalia King.

“I like the fact that we can customize them,” King said. “They came out really well.”

King however also had concerns about the prices of Herf-Jones’s rings.

“Personally, I think they are overpriced,” King said. “We won, so I think we should get a discount or something.”

Class rings have been a tradition throughout the years for high schools in America, dating back 180 years to West Point. Previous generations did not have the same options as others for customizing these class rings. According to Levy’s Fine Jewelry’s website, class rings have historically been designed with conformity and a uniform design. In recent decades, class rings have evolved to become more individualized, with customization options.

AP Environmental Science teacher Terrance Murphy is a member of a previous generation who had a customizable class ring. He is content with his ring and feels that it summed up his high school experience.

“I put on mine my last name, soccer, and a few other things I did,” Murphy said. “I had lots of options.”

Class rings may have changed throughout the years, but they still have a place of importance to the students at Northwest.

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