Hello, Mr. President: Davie High students meet Iceland’s top official

Published 2:13 pm Friday, August 11, 2023

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Aren’t you the President?

Well yes, I am.

It was a good question from a Davie County High School student. After all, they and fellow students were near Bessastaoir, the historic residence of the President of Iceland, located near Reykjavik.

The group was leaving the area after a tour of the sites, and man rode up on a bicycle. They recognized the face, and asked him if he is the President.

It was Gudni Johannesson, out for a ride on his bicycle. Those students from Davie County just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Their tour guide was also elated, and said it had never happened before.

“He was gracious and kind and made photos with every student,” said Jackie Ellis, a parent who traveled with the group.

The trip for AP history students at the school was organized by teacher, Laura Doub.