Hey! What's going on? Thank you all so much. You guys, that's a command — rest yourselves. We're almost at the end.
Hello, everyone. And, may I say for the last time officially, welcome to the White House.
Yes! Well, we are beyond thrilled to have you all here to celebrate the 2017 National School Counselor of the Year, as well as all of our State Counselors of the Year.
These are the fine women, and a few good men — one good man — who are on this stage, and they represent schools from across this country.
And I want to start by thanking Terri for that wonderful introduction and her right-on-the-spot remarks.
I'm going to say a lot more about Terri in a few minutes, but first I want to take a moment to acknowledge a few people who are here.
First, our outstanding Secretary of Education, John King.
As well as our former Education Secretary, Arne Duncan.
I want to take this time to thank you both publicly for your dedication and leadership and friendship.
We couldn't do this without the support of the Department of Education under both of your leadership.
So I'm grateful to you personally, and very proud of all that you've done for this country.
I also want to acknowledge a few other special guests we have in the audience. We've got a pretty awesome crew.
You know, as one of my staff said, "You roll pretty deep."