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Students bring ring and owner together

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

June 26, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Winning a state championship is a major accomplishment, and many athletes are rewarded with a championship ring, as a trophy they can carry with them throughout their lives.

That was the case for one Albany man, until thieves broke into his home and stole it two years ago,but Kevin Wesley is now reunited with that prized possession.

A group of 5th grade students from Eastside School in Cairo found the ruby stone shining from dirt along the riverwalk in downtown Albany.

Their teacher contacted school officials and Thursday, Wesley, part of the Westover High School basketball state champs of 1998, slipped the ring back on his finger.

"We found a ring, and we were like, 'wow,' so we had to give it back and we took it to our teacher, Mr. Butler, and we gave it to him and after that, he knew that we needed to find the owner of it," said 12 year old Nick Rathel.

Teacher Kenneth Butler said, "I was proud of them for their honesty and they knew that they could come to me and we'd come up with a solution as far as finding who it belonged to."

Kevin Wesley said, "It means a lot to me. This was a championship for basketball. Those were my glory days. When it's all over with this is all I had to look at."

Wesley had been saving up money to buy a new ring.

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