South Georgia country music fans celebrated when Leesburg's Luke Bryan won the CMA entertainer of the year award Wednesday night.
Opal Cannon, who was Bryan's elementary school principal, was one of many fans watching the show on WALB ABC.
She's proud to see the superstar handle his success so well, never forgetting where he came from.
"I think Luke is unique. We never know as teachers who you're teaching, what they're going to become some day. But I think the teachers suspected rather early that Luke was going to perform, because he liked to perform for the class, he'd volunteer for things like that," said Cannon.
And Cannon wasn't surprised that he took home the CMA's highest honor.
"I was sitting to the last minute, I thought he has to get that and he did. I watched him get every award he's gotten and I was so thankful to see him give credit to God. That's the first thing he did, that's the way he was raised," explained Cannon.
Over the past few years, Bryan has become one of the genre's biggest stars, his last album, "Crash My Party," has sold over two million copies.