On Thursday, November 15 the junior class, their families, and OLSH administration, faculty, and staff gathered in the OLSH Chapel for the Ring Day Celebration. One of OLSH’s most treasured traditions, Ring Day serves as a celebration of class unity and symbolizes the transition of the junior class to upperclassmen in the school. In his remarks during Mass, principal Tim Plocinik reflected on this history of class rings, dating back to 1835 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Since 1954, OLSH students have participated in the Ring Day ceremony. “This evening’s Mass and the blessing of your rings continues this very special tradition,” remarked Mr. Plocinik. “It formalizes your rise to upperclassman status and unites you with a community of educators, scientists, engineers, attorneys, doctors, and those who’ve entered religious life, among the many others who proudly wear or have worn their OLSH class ring.”
Recently, OLSH added a special element to the Ring Day celebration recognizing Legacy Families – families with a current student at OLSH and one or both parents being alumni of the school. The alumni have the opportunity to have their OLSH rings blessed and participate in giving their children’s ring. This year Conor Stull ’20 and his parents Alicia (Wrabley) ’89 and Dennis ’89 Stull, Ella Ondercin ’20 and her father Paul Ondercin ’88, Cole Moorman ’20 and his father Roger Moorman ’87, and Haley Hamilton ’20 and her mother Denise (Gross) Hamilton ’89 were honored.
After Mass, the juniors and their guests gathered at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott to enjoy dinner and fellowship with each other.