SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Middle School Principal Michael Kuhaneck knew about the motivational basketball assembly for his students, but a surprise announcement between shows floored him.
Members of the school's student government had worked to put together a packet nominating Kuhaneck for the Wayne Perry Principal of the Year Award, he learned at the Feb. 5 assembly.
The award is given by the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC), a division of the Maryland State Department of Education.
"Mr. Kuhaneck has a tremendous rapport with the kids," Lynn Izat, student government adviser for Smithsburg Middle School, wrote in an e-mail. "This is not rare for a teacher to achieve, but it is often difficult for this type of relationship to develop among administrator and student."