It's easy to spot Hastings Middle School Principal Dave Essink when he's driving around Hastings. His is the car with "HMS" on the license plate.
It's that commitment to the school that recently earned Essink the Nebraska Middle School Principal of the Year award from the Nebraska Association of Secondary School Principals.
Hastings Public Schools Superintendent Craig Kautz said the award was no surprise to him.
"He's all in. He's not somebody who just does the job. He believes it's a calling and he carries out his daily work as though it were a calling and not just a job," Kautz said.