Haavard finished 8th grade at St. Mark’s Episcopal School in a spectacular fashion, by winning the St. Mark’s Cup on May 24. “The look on his face this morning when his name was read was priceless. He was truly surprised and overwhelmed”, Principal Garhett Wagers describes. As Haavard is moving back to Norway during the summer, the award became part of a joyful ending to his stay in USA. “It will be both good and bad”, he comments when asked how he feels about moving. “I have good friends here, and I have good friends at home”.
“It was unexpected. Very unexpected”, Haavard states over the phone. When asked about the key to his success, he modestly explains “I have worked hard all year, respected my classmates and just tried to be nice to people”. What the youngster left out of this description is that he was the only student participating in all 5 sports at his school, captain of the soccer team and a distinguished student in several disciplines. Principal Wagers is not short on praise, describing that “He plays sports and contributes, a leader for others on the team. He’s humble and well-liked by his classmates”.
The Royal Norwegian Consulate congratulates Haavard on his price, and wishes him a safe return to Norway!