Eighth grader Bernadette Tankle was stunned when she found out that she had received top honors.
"At first I thought I was in trouble, because a teacher was calling my house," said Tankle.
Soon she realized "this is real" -- and quickly told her parents, sister and brother.
"They started screaming," recalls Tankle with a smile.
Of course, when Hamels walked through the gymnasium doors, more screams erupted -- this time from Tankle's classmates.
"Thank you for having me here," said Hamels -- and the crowd went wild once more.
Then Tankle had the honor of asking the left-hander questions on behalf of the entire school. Hamels graciously responded and talked about why he felt it was important to make the pitch for dairy.
"This was something I really took to heart," said Hamels. "Growing up, my parents were really into health food. My mom always made sure I had breakfast, because that was the most important meal of the day to get me on my feet. I realized that every time I went out and ate healthy, I've gone out and performed a lot better."
Joining Hamels in his efforts was registered dietitian Althea Zanecosky, who talked to the students about healthful eating and introduced "home run" and "strikeout" foods. Phillies Ballgirls attended the assembly as well and distributed "Got Milk" book bags.
Broadcaster Tom McCarthy, who emceed the event, was more than impressed by the school's spirit and enthusiasm.
"The fact that every student was wearing Phillies red and showing how excited they were ... was just so great," said McCarthy.
Tankle returned the compliment.
"I love Cole Hamels. I love the Phillies. They are amazing," she said.