Maya Creamer ’20 wanted to increase those opportunities for classmates and future alumnae, so she spearheaded an effort to design a new, more affordable MHS ring.
It officially debuted at September’s Ring Dinner. “We had been talking about ways to make things more financially available for everyone, and this seemed like a good way to do that,” explains Maya, who was Junior Class President and is now School Vice President.
When juniors met last fall to discuss logistics for blazer and ring orders, they noticed the prices for rings. “They were all beautiful, but they were not financially accessible for everyone,” Maya recalls. She and classmates brainstormed ideas and approached administrators with a proposal. Once receiving the go-ahead, classmate Jingtong Zhang ’20 worked on the design, while Class Treasurer Nancy Gao ’20 handled financial logistics.
After determining a palatable price range, Maya, Jingtong, and Nancy met with representatives from M. Edward Jewelers to discuss design options. The juniors chose a sleek and simple sterling silver band engraved with the School’s motto, Meus Honor Stat — My Honor Stands. “We wanted something affordable, but we also wanted a beautiful ring that people would love,” says Maya. “A lot of students liked it, especially because of the simple design, and they liked that the ring still has a special meaning.”
At Ring Dinner in September, Ms. Heaton congratulated the seniors for the new design. “I am exceedingly proud of the Class of 2020 for creating a ring that is more economically accessible and appealing to students from a wide range of backgrounds,” Ms. Heaton said. “While beloved, the traditions we uphold are not fixed. As our community evolves, we have the opportunity and responsibility to make them our own.”
Since the Class of 2005 designed a new MHS ring, there have been three options — including the traditional Miss Hall’s seal with carved blue lapis and the classic MHS signet with the old school crest. Most who ordered rings chose either the new or traditional design, about a 50-50 mix. “Ring Dinner is so important, and for more students to have the opportunity to be with alumnae and friends and get a ring means a lot to me,” says Maya. “I’ve spent four years at Miss Hall’s, and I want to be able to look at my ring and remember my time at the School.”
So, alumnae: be on the lookout for members of the Class of 2020 and their newly designed MHS ring!