Detecting More Than Metal
Most students know that one of the most important milestones in high school is receiving their class rings. A class ring not only is a symbol to others of where your alma mater is, but a symbol to yourself of where you came from. Everyone knows that losing a class ring would be awful. But what if you got it back months later? For senior Megan Burch, this situation was a reality.
Megan was in Tybee Island for the day with her youth group right before school started. While swimming in the ocean, she “felt something slip off my hand.” When she looked down she “noticed my ring was gone.”
After losing her emerald class ring she “felt really bummed, and wished that I had taken it off before we went in the ocean.”
Months after losing her ring Megan had given up all hope saying, “I was sure I would never see my ring again.” One day her parents told her they were going to Tybee Island with their metal detector to look for her ring. “I told them they would never find it.”
When her family got to the beach “this man with his metal detector came up to us and said ‘Megan, I think this belongs to you.’ Then he put my ring in my hands.”
It turns out that a man walking on the beach with his metal detector had found Megan’s ring and called North Augusta High School who contacted Megan’s parents. Her parents decided to keep this a secret until they arrived in Tybee. A local newspaper was also there taking pictures for the momentous occasion.
All Megan can say when asked if she was surprised or not is “Yes!”
Megan says she is more careful with her ring now. “I’ve worn it everyday since I got it back. And if I go somewhere that I know I could possibly lose my ring again I put it away, I never chance it anymore.”
You will never forget the day you receive your class ring, and senior Megan Burch will never forget the day she got hers back.
All Photos Courtesy of: Joe and Deana Burch