High school receptionist singing 'At Last' over intercom on last day of school went viral in 2018

Mary Scott
Dec 18, 2018
08:14 P.M.

One High School receptionist gave the staff and students a remarkable experience they’ll never forget.


The last day of school always gets everyone excited. At North Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, North Carolina, the mood around the school wasn’t any different.

On this final day before the break, students were already anticipating the beautiful summer break that was to follow. However, they weren’t the only ones who were pumped for the holidays.

The students of North Lincoln High were about to find out that their longtime front desk officer, Regina Ballard, was also in a celebratory mood.


Ballard’s incredible rendition of “At Last” over the intercom was an experience that the students will never forget. Along with a video of her performance posted on Facebook, the 57-year-old receptionist who sang the Etta James classic confessed:

“I love my job, y’all, but I look forward to summers when I can spend time with grands & family, sooo… here it is… At Last!!!”


She shared the video in June of 2018, and it wasted no time racking up over a million views and tens of thousands of shares.

Before singing to an instrumental version of the classic song playing on her computer, Ballard announces into the school’s intercom system:

“That’s it. It’s 3 o’clock, y’all. At 3:15, it’s official.”

Having worked at the school for 15 years, she felt this year’s announcement should take a new twist.


“I was just having a little fun, hoping it would elicit smiles from some of the staff and students for the coming months of the summer,” Ballard said to the Press Association.

Online reaction to the clip was overwhelming. Ballard confessed being overwhelmed by all the love she’s been getting over her rendition.

“All of the feedback from the staff, students, and friends I haven’t even yet met has been so positive, which has been amazing. I could never have expected this reaction in a million years, but I’m so happy that I got to share smiles with so many people all over the world!”

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