The last thing Suzie Lane expected to see at her school’s end of year assembly was her mum and dad in the audience.
But, unlike them, the Bury St Edmunds County Upper School sixth former did not know she was in line for a special award.
Suzie, 18, received the Diana Award, a national award inspired by Princess Diana which recognises young people who have inspired others.
A stunned Suzie, wearing her Diana Award badge, said: “I was quite involved with school activities. I was on the charity team.
“I was a science captain going into younger students classes and helping with science festivals and science department open evenings.”
She would help to run experiments. She also found time to go on a Borneo trip last year and to get a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Her proud parents Richard and Maggie had kept the award secret.
Maggie said: “We knew she had won an award, but not what it was.”
Head Vicky Neale said the Diana Award was special because it had to be approved by a national organisation.
The school’s own top award is the Heilgers Cup, donated in 1932 by Bury MP Lt-Col Frank Heilgers. That went to Ella Price, 18, who has been heavily involved in dance and drama as a drama captain.
“I’ve done all five school productions and been involved in the dance shows and music concerts in choirs.”
She too has the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.