Courtney Valshaw received the surprise of her life.

The Profile High School Principal of seven years was recently diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer. Valshaw had shared the sad news with her students the week before, little knowing that the students immediately took action.

Tricking Vashaw into coming to what she thought was a senior class meeting, the students announced that they had decided to donate the funds for the senior class trip to help aid the cost of Vashaw’s cancer treatment.

“We decided not to go on our senior class trip this year and donate all of our funds to your cause,” said class treasurer Ian Baker.

The money, amounting to nearly $8000, was to have been used for a four-day trip to a resort in the Adirondack Mountains. In a unanimous vote, the students volunteered to give the $8000 to their principal.

Upon hearing the students’ decision, Vashaw broke into tears, saying, “It is very hard for me to accept help, and I have no idea what to say to you.”

In a later interview, Vashaw praised her senior class, stating that her students are a “pretty remarkable, fun, astonishing group of people.”

Vashaw is looking forward to celebrating graduation with her seniors before leaving for New York to start her treatment.

A Beaverton resident, Madeleine Cook enjoys a passion for reading, running, and the arts. She is currently studying the Great Books at the University of Notre Dame and is interested in eventually teaching.