Sterling Heights picks final five options for new name of golden ring

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 12:39:54-04

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — After announcing a naming contest for the golden ring last week, the city of Sterling Heights has picked the final five options to name the golden ring as part of the Golden Corridor in the city.

According to the city, they have 6,070 individual submissions that each had three options, which totaled more than 18,000 different name ideas.

"We did get a handful of funny submissions that were too good not to share. Hopefully these give you a giggle on a Monday, too!" the city said. "Silly submissions: Bob, Steve, Pizza, Oprah’s Bat Signal, Hall and Oates, My Precious, Ringy McRingface, 2008 Detroit Lions Wins Memorial, O Hall Yeah, Hall Road Hulahoop, One Ring to Rule the Hall, Sonic’s Manifesto, Terrance, The Golden Cheerio…"

The city said they scanned through them and chose the top five, which are listed below with definition and context. Voting is open through midnight on Thursday, March 28 and the winner will be announced Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m. You can vote here

  • The Aurum: "'Aurum' is the is the Latin word for gold. It’s also the name of the element Au, which is gold’s chemical symbol. (Idea first submitted by Colleen Glodich of Sterling Heights)"
  • The Halo: "'Halo' is a disk or a circle of light around the sun, moon or other luminous body caused by a refraction through ice crystals in the atmosphere. Can also be called “The Halo” on Hall Road. (Idea first submitted by Connie Truszkowski of Sterling Heights)."
  • The Overture: "'Overture' is an introduction, opening or initiation toward a new relationship or something more substantial. In music and especially operas, it’s the prelude or the introductory piece. (Idea first submitted by Deborah Torres of Sterling Heights)."
  • The Sun Gate: "When standing facing east, one can see the sun rise through the Icon. “Sun Gate” is also the name for the entrance to the ancient city of Machu Picchu that is dedicated to the sun god. Visitors to this spot can see the sun rise over the mountains. (Idea first submitted by Shannon Geiger of Roseville)."
  • Standing "O": "A 'standing oviation' is an enthusiastic reaction to a performance or speech when people stand up to clap and show their appreciation. (Idea first submitted by Melanie Herrick of Detroit)."