Woodlands community celebrates its junior class

Junior Ring Ceremony, one of the most significant days of a student's time at Woodlands Academy, marks a turning point in her Sacred Heart education. The class rings and Philippine Duchesne medals presented to junior class members will remind them of the strong bond students feel within the school and the international Sacred Heart community. Woodlands Academy's senior class planned and hosted the March 5 event.

Each ring bears the Sacred Heart symbol of two embracing hearts – signs of love, friendship and unity. Juniors wear it with the hearts facing in toward their hearts. Once they graduate, they turn the ring around, challenging students to reach out to others and share Sacred Heart traditions and values.

“We wear our rings and medals with pride and appreciation for all of the gifts, both intellectual and social, that we have been given here,” senior class president Isabelle Ryan said. “We recognize the innumerable memories we have made within these walls and the joy we have shared.”

After the rings and medals were presented, junior class president Stephanie Smith thanked seniors and advisors for creating a ceremony that she said she and her classmates will never forget. “The class of 2021 has served as role models to us all, and they have shown time and time again how they embody the true meaning and spirit of Woodlands and the Sacred Heart Network,” Smith added.

Due to COVID- 19 protocols governing full-time in-person learning at Woodlands Academy since August, contactless procedures were followed during the presentations in the school’s chapel. Family, friends and non-participating members of the Woodlands community viewed the ceremony remotely. Also, the reception for members of the Class of 2022 and their families that would have followed the ceremony was canceled this year.