Eleventh-graders at Zachary High School are shining, quite literally, a little more this week after receiving their class rings.

The junior class ring ceremony was held Dec. 8 in the gym for students and their family and friends.

Junior class president Karli Hall spoke at the event, sharing comments about what the class ring symbolizes.

“Class rings say things like ‘pride’ and ‘belonging’ and ‘spirit.’ The ring symbolizes success and says you are proud of your school and proud of your class,” Hall said. “Your ring is a maker of memories and will recall experiences, adventures, happy and sad times. This ring will remind you of all the friendships you made and how these friendships deepened and lasted. This ring symbolizes togetherness and belonging, now and for years to come.” Besides Hall, other class officers also spoke at the ceremony: Jeremiah Brown, first vice president; Aasha Henderson, second vice president; and Gavin Ashford, secretary.

Following the students’ speeches, about 260 11th-graders were presented by Principal Joe LeBlanc.

The class of 2017 has about 330 students overall, according to Zachary High’s Roberta Roan, who organized the event.