Miami High School Graduate Receives Missing Class Ring 25 Years After Losing It
MIAMI – For former class clown Jose Pazos, his class ring is a symbol of the high school graduation some thought would never come.
“I got a standing ovation when I graduated from La Salle because I was not a good student,” he said.
The ring had the school crest of Immaculata La Salle, their team, the Royals, her sport, athletics and her full name.
“Everything makes sense,” he says.
After graduating from Immaculata La Salle High School in 1995, he took a trip to California with his buddies and made an unscheduled stop at Angela’s Crest.
“We took the floor mats from the Mustang and went up the mountain and slid through the snow,” he said. “My hands went numb and somehow I lost the ring, it slipped off my finger.”
The ring was gone up the mountain, buried in the snow and seemingly gone forever, or so he thought.
But after more than 25 years, a package arrived in La Salle with a letter and the ring.
The sender, Jim Jordan, said, “I hope you can give it back to him.”
On Monday, Pazos returned to campus to do just that and show his family the ring for the first time.
“It was God and the blessed mother who wanted me to get my ring back,” he said.
Local 10 News contacted Jordan in California.
“I’m just happy that he’s so thrilled to get the ring back,” Jordan said. “I didn’t find it in Angela’s coat of arms. I found it on the sidewalk near my house. I picked it up and threw it in a drawer.
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