Class Rings: Are They Worth It?

Written By: Christa Smith

Staff Reporter

Getting a class ring was a popular high school tradition of the past but the rush to get one has died in recent years.

Reporter, Amy Pearson, in her 2012 article for for Winona Daily News, “Sales of class rings have declined by half in recent years,” says that only 35 percent of students make class ring orders.

Reasons for this may be that many are turned off by its prices. Liberty High’s most affordable ring being at $202 and the most expensive one being at $500. Considering that these items are being sold to teenagers who usually only pocket enough for basic necessities like gas and lunch, the pricing could definitely be considered questionable.

Others, however, are turned off by their “tacky” designs as they lack subtlety. Most class rings are chunky in size, obnoxious, and usually contain loud colors like cobalt blue and ruby red. The numbers on these rings, while with sentimental value (e.x. graduation year) can come across as pretentious as they are often the center of these designs in their big obnoxious font.  

Some making the purchase are driven by its sentimental value. Many parents have their own class rings and these kids, following in their parent’s footsteps, make the purchase. For others, it is less about “family tradition” and more so just to have a souvenir to commemorate graduating and the experiences that high school has offered them.  

This especially applies to those who play sports as many class rings can be designed to feature an athlete's jersey number and their team’s logo. This further personalizes the rings for this demographic.

While the sentimental value of the rings are appealing, they just are not worth it. They can’t be worn subtly and they’re pricey; hardly any present day high school student ever remembers its existence.

However, this doesn’t mean that school spirit isn’t alive and well. To be frank, the masses who use to buy class rings have flocked over to another market - school clothing wear. Many students on campus can often be seen geared in school sweatshirts, hoodies, sweats, hats etc.

So, sure, we as a collective have seemingly put class jewelry to rest but that’s okay because we’re probably still down to wear anything else in the name of school spirit; like our much more affordable contemporary, school clothing.

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Costumes Trends

Written By: Jean Hernandez

Staff Reporter

Halloween is a time for scary movies, candy, and the most important, the costumes. Throughout the years, people would be either on the creative side or the generic side.

For the past four years, it seems that a lot of  people have been going out as Harley Quinn. Yeah she was good in the movie, but she wasn’t that impactful for thousands to dress up as her and think they are doing something new and exciting. If you are thinking about dressing up as Harley Quinn this year, better idea to just be Blu from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.

One costume that a good handful of people do that is actually entertaining is the inflatable T-Rex. A funny and enjoyable costume for all types of people. Fun for the kids and will definitely earn you some laughs from the crowd.

With the rise and popularity of the movie, Black Panther, there has to be multiple people going out as the Black Panther so maybe add something extra to the outfit and make make it personal.

Add in the necklace with teeth on it or add a different color or just something that won’t make it similar to most.

Some people may actually just want to dress up as something cute and sweet, so a choice is dressing up as Winnie the Pooh. Become the character who is always portrayed as a happy hungry bear and one that always has that nice homey feeling to them.

If you don’t want to go out and buy a costume, make one yourself. There is always something in your house that can suit the mood for Halloween. Shoot grab a few trash bags, cut holes in them, tape or staple some paper onto the trash bag and boom, your very own trash costume.


Early Release vs. Late Start

Early Release

Written by: Makanalei kaeo

editor-in-chief

       For juniors going into senior year with open periods you may have had the choice of late start (no periods in the morning) or early release (no periods in the afternoon). If you are having a hard time deciding on which to choose here are just a few reasons as to why early release is the way to go.

       It’s your senior year, by now many of you have a job of sorts. Being able to leave early gives you the opportunity to go into work earlier and be able to leave earlier. Kids rush to their job right after school because they have a shift that requires them to be their at a certain time. If you like the way your shift is and you don’t mind getting off later, then think of this free time as a chance to relax before work or do some homework.

       That leads into the next point of why having early release is better. Students with jobs get behind on their work because they don’t have time to do it. As said before, they’re  on a time crunch and as soon as school day ends they have a 6 hour shift to work. When a student get home, they’re probably exhausted from work and just want to sleep. Having that time before your shift starts is a golden opportunity to stay on top of your assignments.

       If you don’t have a job then don’t worry; early release is still very much an option for you. What’s the harm of going home and taking a nap after a long day of school? Think of those open periods as a nap time and catch up on the sleep you missed from pulling an all-nighter doing homework.

       Sleep isn’t the only thing you can do in that time. If your friends have early release as well, you guys could go hang out and do as you wish. Go have some lunch with your friends and socialize. Or you could try and pick up on a hobby and take that time to focus on it.

       There is a plethora of options you could choose from to fill up those extra hours you now have to yourself. It is up to you to pick what you want to do with it.


Late Start

Written by: Myrnnda Miller

editor-in-chief

       Seniors are faced with the difficulty of deciding between two types of schedules when picking their classes: early release or late start. Late start, meaning your first and second classes of the day are open, only require you to come in the second half of the day.

       This option, which allow seniors with bad cases of senioritis to come in late, is very favorable. Due to the regular school day starting at 7 a.m., many students find themselves struggling to wake up early enough to make it on time.

       Traffic on Bermuda is atrocious due to the numerous amount of parents crowding the lanes to drop their children off. Not to mention the student drivers who, for a lack of better words, don’t have the best driving skills. Coming in late assists students who drive themself to school, making it so they completely avoid the chaotic parking lot.

       Arriving to school at a later time also allows a student to have time to get some homework and studying done. A common complaint of studying for a test or a quiz is that a student has difficulty remembering information over night. The extra hour or two before school is the ideal time to review for an upcoming assessment that day.

       Many students also have jobs that demand all their time after school so it’s essential to find time to get homework done. Doing homework in the morning open period takes away all those late nights of cramming to get things done quickly. Quality work is not produced at midnight, even though we’d like to believe it does.

       Arriving late also means that you’d be getting off of school at the regular time of 1:16 p.m., being of great selling point to a lot of seniors. All clubs and sports meet right after school, meaning if you’re an involved student, you already at the school for your activity. Those with early release leave the school only to come back to hours later; what a waste of time.