Based on his academic average of 96.27 per cent, Mark Isfeld Secondary graduate Torin Halvorson has earned the Governor General’s Academic Medal — the highest award offered to a Canadian high school student, based on Grade 11 and 12 courses.
The award is always a tight race, and Torin had many students nipping at his heels, but he managed to separate from the pack by a .41 per cent margin.
The 2016 grad also distinguished himself outside the classroom. An exceptional runner on Isfeld’s cross-country team, he placed in the top five provincially. He is also an accomplished piano player, being a regular performer with the school’s concert band.
Torin graduated from Isfeld’s French Immersion program. His gift with languages has served him well in Denmark, where he is on an exchange program. Torin is already confident and capable in the country with his newly-acquired Danish language skills.
He returns home in the spring to earn some money to pay for a science program at the University of Victoria in the fall.