Huge crowds of cheering students caught Colchester High School Principal Amy Minor by surprise Tuesday.
"You guys got me, you got me good!" Minor said.
The packed hallways were all part of a special send-off for Vermont's "Principal of the Year."
"I am still very in this moment, very speechless and completely inspired by my students being so proud," Minor said.
Wednesday, Minor will fly to Washington to be honored for her new title. She'll visit the White House and meet with the state's congressional delegation and other top principals from across the country to talk about what's working nationally and her own goals for students.
"I think my biggest goal is to make sure every student has a really successful four years and that they feel connected to CHS," Minor said.
Her students say it's those connections that set her apart and helped make their decision to plan the schoolwide celebration a simple one.
"I can talk to Mrs. Minor anytime, her door is always open," said Chris Prado, a senior. "She is so welcoming and it makes that educational experience more personal throughout our four years."
"She tries so hard to get to know each one of us as individuals and she is just the best principal I have ever had," said Lily Webster, a sophomore.
Minor says raising test scores, improving curriculum and finding ways to provide access to technology on a fixed budget are among her passions, something her colleagues say they see every day.
"She is open engaged and very committed to education, very committed to best practice, terrifically energetic and just a phenomenal person," said Justin Brown, the vice principal at Colchester High School.
And a phenomenal principal who says what she experienced in these hallways will top the big names and bright lights awaiting her in DC.
"I would say that this is the best moment of my educational career by far," Minor said.
Minor's trip to Washington runs through the end of the week. She'll be back in action at CHS Monday morning.
Minor is in her eighth year as principal at CHS. Before taking the top job she was a science teacher at the school.
Monday, December 9 2013 7:52 AM EST2013-12-09 12:52:05 GMT
This year's Gift of Life marathon is set for December 17, and organizers in Rutland have their sights set on knocking off the Manchester, New Hampshire's one-day record with 1,968 pints. Here with anMore >>
We have an update on the preparations for Rutland's big Gift of Life Marathon later this month.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:58 AM EST2013-12-09 10:58:56 GMT
An American singer with Vermont ties is making waves with her music halfway across the globe. Jennifer Grout has emerged as the unlikely singing sensation on the overseas reality show Arabs Got Talent. UnlikelyMore >>
An American singer with Vermont ties is making waves with her music halfway across the globe.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:51 AM EST2013-12-09 10:51:48 GMT
Usually the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service is busy saving lives or responding to emergencies. But right now, members are selling Christmas trees to raise money for the finishing touches on theirMore >>
Many different groups sell Christmas trees this time of year to raise money for their organization. And for the third year, that includes an ambulance service.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:44 AM EST2013-12-09 10:44:43 GMT
Police say a Killington driver hit and killed a New Hamphire man. They say 26-year-old Kyle Wilson of Enfield went out for a walk overnight Saturday in Killington and never came back. Friends went outMore >>
Police say a Killington driver hit and killed a New Hamphire man.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 11:56 PM EST2013-12-09 04:56:59 GMT
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. It happened Saturday night on the Killington Road. Police say 26-year-old Kyle Wilson wentMore >>
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:36 PM EST2013-12-09 03:36:50 GMT
A Burlington congregation made a short pilgrimage to it's new home Sunday. The Christ Presbyterian Church has leased property from the University of Vermont for the last 35 years. But UVM has decidedMore >>
The Christ Presbyterian Church has leased property from the University of Vermont for the last 35 years. But UVM has decided not to renew its lease.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:35 PM EST2013-12-09 03:35:27 GMT
The 5th annual Festival of Trees in St. Albans is helping to feed the hungry this holiday season. Thirty decorated trees are on display in City Hall. Some of the trees have been auctioned off and theMore >>
Thirty decorated trees are on display in City Hall. Some of the trees have been auctioned off and the rest will be given away at a raffle.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:02 PM EST2013-12-09 03:02:41 GMT
Burlington Police are looking for two suspects involved in an assault and robbery.It happened on Front Street Sunday afternoon. The victim told police he was held up at gunpoint by two African AmericanMore >>
Burlington Police are looking for two suspects involved in an assault and robbery.More >>