BRIDGEPORT --The principal of Bridgeport High School was surprised to learn that his staff and his students are able to keep a secret.
Lindy Bennett was honored with a school-wide assembly Wednesday morning where he was recognized as the West Virginia Student Council Association Principal of the Year. Bennett's honor came as the result of his nomination by the school's student council.
"It came as quite a surprise because I didn't even know I had been recommended for the award. It was quite humbling to see the way they honored me," Bennett said.
Along with the students, faculty and staff, several school board members and community residents were in attendance Wednesday. The school cheerleaders led the students in a cheer and Bennett was given a plaque for the occasion.
Kate Dieringer, president of the student council, said the group nominated Bennett because of his involvement with the students.
"He's always there for us, whether at the games or the academic events. He's very supportive of all the things we do," she said.
Bennett had been to a Partners in Education function earlier in the morning and had just returned to the school around 10 a.m. That gave the staff and students time to plan the surprise assembly.
"When I came in the building I noticed down the hall that things didn't look normal. When I came into the office to put some materials away, someone quickly told me I had to go to the gym. What a display from all the students and faculty," he said.
Still not sure what was going on for a few minutes, Bennett said he was impressed that they were able to accomplish all their plans in secret.
"Our faculty here and the student body are the best in the state. I'm committed to supporting all their endeavors, whether academic, athletics or the fine arts," he said.
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