Ring Day marks transition of leadership to juniors

Senior Toi Robinson presents a ring to junior Seema Hijazi during Ring Day on March 17. The entire Upper School attended the ceremony for the first time in two years.

On March 17, for the first time in two years, the entire Upper School met in the Dan & Frances White Chapel for the Ring Day ceremony for the class of 2023. Juniors and seniors processed in and filled the pews with bittersweet excitement as the former took their first steps into their roles as seniors.

Ring Day has been a significant event for 11th grade students for years, and the ceremony was something the students had been looking forward to for a long time, according to junior Rian McManus.

“Personally, I’ve been waiting for Ring Day for a while, so just being there at the ceremony was very special,” McManus said. “Watching my fellow students get their rings was not only emotional but exciting because it finally clicked in my head that we are almost seniors.”

Not only was this an important ceremony for the junior class, but seniors like Ryan Johnson also took this time to reflect on last year’s ceremony, which was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2021.

“I think that this year's Ring Day ceremony was a big improvement from what it had been last year,” Johnson said. “COVID obviously made it difficult to celebrate the traditions so closely linked to St. Martin's [...] This year, I think the original tradition and spirit of Ring Day was held.”

The ceremony was opened by Jeff Millican, the Upper School chaplain, followed by readings from English teachers Megan King and Lee Klebba.

The address was given by Erika Washington-Wittich, an alumnus of the class of 1991. Before stepping up to the podium to share her words of wisdom, junior Westley James presented her with a copy of the 1991 yearbook, which she had lost during Hurricane Ida.

Kaitlyn Tillery, sophomore class president, served as an acolytes for the ceremony.

“The ceremony was inspiring to watch, and I can’t wait to be a part of it next year,” Tillery said.

The presentation of the rings was led by Jewel Reuter, a science teacher.

“The whole day completely exceeded my expectations, and my expectations were very high to begin with,” Reuter said. “The amount of joy for the meaningful relationships that we all have with each other was really obvious to me, and personally I was so full of joy to be asked to participate.”