Lifting Seniors’ Spirits

by | Apr 24, 2020 | Education, Pender County

Topsail High School teachers honor each of their seniors with yard signs during the Stay at Home order.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has extended the state’s stay at home order until May 8 and has declared that North Carolina public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.


Lindsay Philips, Yearbook Advisor for Topsail High School, talks to reporters from WWAY and Spectrum News.

All spring sports seasons were canceled due to the pandemic, senior proms were postponed or canceled, and graduation ceremonies have been postponed or canceled.

In the midst of all of these disappointments, Pender County Schools are doing what they can to keep seniors’ spirits high. Pender County Schools collaboratively came together on April 16 to honor their seniors and athletes by turning on the lights at all the outdoor athletic fields within the county. And just this week, teachers at Topsail High School decided to order yard signs for every senior. On Friday, April 24, two dozen teachers met at the school to pick up yard signs, then went around the community to distribute signs to the 344 seniors.

“We all signed up for about 17 students,” says Topsail High Yearbook Advisor Lindsay Philips. “We contacted the parents and got permission to put the signs in each student’s yard. They are extremely excited about it and so are we.”

Philips continued, “I cannot say enough about our staff stepping up and showing our kids that they are humans first and students second, this is a way to honor our seniors who are missing out on such a memorable time.”

Indeed. This is a tough time for everyone, and hopefully, the teachers’ gesture for the seniors will help lift some spirits.

Even with the unknown of what the immediate future holds, one thing is for sure — Topsail High School teachers care about their students wholeheartedly, and it’s clear that these teachers have great relationships with their students.

About the author

Justin Williams

Justin Williams

Justin is the Publisher of Topsail Magazine who came to Southeastern North Carolina from the Outer Banks. He founded and started Carolina Marketing Company in 2005 by launching North Brunswick Magazine in Brunswick County. With the help of many talented people, he was able to make additions to the business, including South Brunswick Magazine, Discovery Map franchises and Wilmington Today. He has a 12-year-old daughter, Ava,.