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Two Harbors junior earns prestigious leadership award

Junior Kristin Haveri poses for a photo inside Two Harbors High School on Wednesday, March 14. Haveri is one of 18 junior girls in the state selected for the ExCEL award and only the third from THHS. (Jimmy Lovrien/News-Chronicle)

Ask Kristin Haveri, 17, what extracurricular activities she's in, and she'll offer to email you the full list.

"I forget them if I just rattle them off," Haveri, a Two Harbors High School junior, said.

In short, it's over a dozen, and she holds leadership positions in most of them. That's all while maintaining a 3.9 grade-point average.

"She has an unbelievable resume," THHS Activities Director Scott Ross said.

So good, in fact, that Haveri was one of just 18 junior girls in the state chosen for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) award and only the third in THHS history.

"It means a lot to me because I really didn't think I was going to get it," Haveri said. "There's so many people who apply, and it's top people from every school,"

On Saturday, March 17, Haveri and the other recipients will be recognized during halftime of the AA girls basketball state championship game, broadcasted on KSTC-TV.

At THHS, teachers and coaches submit their ExCEL nominees, then a committee narrows it down to about five kids who then submit an official application.

Ross said that Haveri stuck out.

"Everybody said the same thing: She's a leader, she's reliable, conscientious, harder worker and great time management — obviously, you have to do that," Ross said.

Haveri credits her agenda book for ensuring organization.

"Basically, every minute of my day I have planned out," she said.

Besides looking good on paper, teachers and staff said Haveri demonstrates character.

When Haveri, a captain of the girls swim team, tore her ACL this season, she was unable to compete. Instead of quitting, she stuck with the team and served as manager. That left an impression on Ross.

"She was always there supporting them even though she wasn't able to compete. She was there every day and I know that the rest of the team appreciated," Ross said.

Brian Rauvola, her chemistry teacher and robotics coach, sees that demonstrated in Haveri's role as robotics co-captain.

"There is no better example of true personal character to be modeled by any and all of her peers," Rauvola said in an email.

When she's not at school or activities, she's likely reading, writing poetry or spending time with friends and family.

Although she still has time to decide, Haveri is hoping to study business management at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

Her passion for leadership and organization makes that a good fit, she said.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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