by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Leading the Pack

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As an Eagle Scout and a clarinet player for the Poway High band, Jens Hartvig has taken a leadership role in his community. He joined Boy Scouts in second grade at the urging of a friend and was immediately taken with the activities offered, such as hiking and camping, as well as the camaraderie of the group. Jens is senior patrol leader of his troop and recently completed his Eagle Scout project, a task that is a true test of leadership and commitment. “I have many good friends through Boy Scouts and have learned a lot, especially about leadership. Coordinating all the things needed for an Eagle Scout project is by far the hardest thing I have done as a part of the program. However, so many parts of it, including knowing I’d accomplished a challenging project, were very rewarding. It was also great to learn how to better communicate with adults throughout the project,” related Jens, who is grateful to his father and his Scoutmaster for offering assistance and words of advice along the way.


Meet Jens

Name: Jens Winther Hartvig (17)
School: Poway High School
Grade: 11
Parents: John Winther Hartvig, Lene Bach Hartvig
Siblings: Lars (14), Anna (12)
Favorite Local Spot: Old Poway Park


In addition to Boy Scouts, Jens is also dedicated to playing the clarinet. He began playing in the Poway High marching band as a freshman and plans to continue through his senior year. He also competed in the Certificate of Merit at a Level 7 for clarinet. “I spend a lot of time practicing clarinet, but I enjoy it a great deal. I like the feeling of contributing something beautiful through playing music,” stated Jens.

 “I spend a lot of time practicing clarinet, but I enjoy it a great deal. I like the feeling of contributing something beautiful through playing music.”

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Looking to the future, Jens hopes to attend a university in his native Denmark. In fact, a couple of years ago, he took a test to ensure that his Danish speaking, reading, and writing skills were on par with students his age in Denmark. “We moved to Poway when I was three years old. I think it would be cool to return to the country where I was born, and eventually come back to the United States after I complete my degree,” revealed Jens. Although Jens currently has an interest in biology and engineering, he is open to all the possibilities the future holds.