MT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - On Monday, Lucy Beckham headed to the Wando High School auditorium for a morning rally. She thought it was for an award for the Wando athletic department. The screen above the stage said so and so did Dr. Nancy McGinley.
"When I look at your accomplishments from volleyball to baseball you have much to be proud of and while I'd love to go into more detail I'm here to talk about something more important," McGinley said.
McGinley then revealed the real reason for the rally. "Lucy Beckham is the best high school principal in America,"said McGinley.
In accepting the award, Beckham said it's not about her. " It's about Wando High School, I know it's one of the best high schools in the country and I think this is validation of that fact," Beckham said.
And while Beckham was surprised, her mom says she wasn't. "I told her I felt like she would win and she said why do you say that? I said I think I'm a pretty good judge," Martha Garrett said.
Garrett is a retired math teacher, and Beckham's sons and daughter-in-law also teach. It's pretty much the family business. And Beckham says having her whole family there was the greatest surprise of all.
"I do this work for them, the grandchildren are the future. I want every child to have the quality of education I want them to have," Beckham said.
Beckham's honor also comes with a $5,000 award she can use for professional development or a school project. This award is presented by Met Life and the National Association for Secondary School Principals. The criteria they use is based on test scores, and student and faculty satisfaction.
The field for finalists went from 50, to 5, to one, Lucy Beckham.