Skylar Johnson received an unforgettable prize for spelling "sergeant" correctly during her Boca Raton Elementary spelling bee, CBS12.com reports.
Instead of a trophy, the 9-year-old was surprised by her father, Staff Sergeant Therron Johnson, whom she has not seen since Christmas.
As she belted out the final "T," her teacher asked if she knew any special sergeants.
"My dad." she replied.
Right on cue, Sergeant Johnson, dressed in his National Guard uniform, popped out from behind the stage curtain and swept his daughter into a huge hug.
"I love you baby! I love you so much!" said the teary-eyed sergeant.