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Bertine Bahige named Wyoming's 2021 National Distinguished Principal

A group of roughly 20 people gathered in the Rawhide Elementary School gym Wednesday morning, all with excited eyes above their face masks as they waited for the man of the hour.

Bertine Bahige named Wyoming National Distinguished Principal

Students swarm Rawhide Elementary School Principal Bertine Bahige to congratulate him after the educator was named Wyoming’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal on Wednesday morning at Rawhide.

It was Bertine Bahige’s big day, and he was the only person in the school who didn’t know it. Bahige has been named Wyoming’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal, and it was a complete surprise to him.

Bertine Bahige named Wyoming National Distinguished Principal

Heather Moro, principal at Slade Elementary School, traveled from Laramie to hand Rawhide Principal Bertine Bahige his National Distinguished Principal award. Moro was last year’s recipient of the award.

Bertine Bahige named Wyoming National Distinguished Principal

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Rawhide Elementary School Principal Bertine Bahige receives high-fives from students after learning he was chosen as Wyoming’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal during a surprise ceremony Wednesday morning.

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Fifth grade student Shaiden Coffman, 10, hugs Rawhide Elementary School Principal Bertine Bahige during the principal's recognition as Wyoming’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal Wednesday at the school.

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A card signed by students is handed to Rawhide Elementary School Principal Bertine Bahige after being named Wyoming’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal Wednesday.

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Rawhide Elementary School Principal Bertine Bahige receives cards from students after learning he was chosen as Wyoming’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal Wednesday in the school's gymnasium.

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Amanda Bahige, the wife of Bertine, holds onto son Drake Bahige, 7, as he films the ceremony on his phone Wednesday at Rawhide Elementary School.

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Bertine Bahige looks at a card created by students to congratulate him for being named Wyoming’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal Wednesday in the school's gymnasium.

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Rawhide Elementary School resource teacher Kathy Bauer hugs principal Bertine Bahige after he was awarded with Wyoming’s 2021 National Distinguished Principal award Wednesday at the school.

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WyoAtHeart

Heartfelt congratulations, sir!! Well deserved honor!

Ka12

What an amazing man! A well deserved honor! Mr. Bahige is a shining example of what immigrants bring to America.

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