A brick carved in honor of James Prince lies at the entrance to the school football stadium.
The 17-year-old drowned near the Oak Island Pier just four days before he was scheduled to graduate from high school.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -
One year after tragedy
struck, the fields at South Brunswick High School are empty, but the memory of
James Prince still fills Jack Campbell Stadium.
The 17-year-old drowned
near the Oak Island Pier just four days before he was scheduled to graduate
from high school.
One year later, the Cougar
community has not forgotten.
A large tribute that reads
"In Memory of James Prince" is painted on the scoreboard at the football field
and a brick carved in his honor lies at the entrance to the stadium.
On Wednesday, community
members took to social media today – spreading memories and remembering their
fallen friend who was an active member of the football and basketball team at
South Brunswick High School.
The school's athletic
director, Chris Roehner says he got choked up at the school's awards banquet
last week. He recalled the time when Prince spoke kindly of him in front of the
"Being the athletic
director, I'm more behind the scenes. I don't get to know the kids. They don't
get to know me," said Roehner. "But yet, I consider every one of our athletes
and every one of our coaches, anyone who's in the athletic program to be part
of my family. So to lose James or any athlete or any coach is losing a part of
my family as far as I'm concerned."
He says the athletic
community is trying to move on but it's still very difficult.
"It's still very emotional
for the kids and the seniors we have now, and the juniors we have now, and even
among the coaches. We don't talk about it a lot. We all get very emotional. But
it's something that we'll never forget."
Prince drowned on June 11,
2013 while swimming near the Oak Island Pier. He was one of four drowning
victims in Brunswick County last year.