Wyckoff's 'Headless Boy' Meets Supermodel Heidi Klum

Jack Hagan won Patch's national costume challenge

For one day this week, Jack Hagan might have been the luckiest kid in Wyckoff.

Jack, 11, met supermodel Heidi Klum on Thursday after Klum selected his as the winner of Patch's last year. 

"It was really exciting to finally meet Heidi Klum," Jack said. "She was so nice and a lot taller in person than she looks on Project Runway."

Patch whisked Jack and his two sisters — Maeve, 13, and Lily 9 — along with parents Ken and Kelly around Manhattan in a limo Thursday, first to Patch headquarters for lunch and a tour.

After that the Hagans were on their way downtown to the Digitas NewFront 2012 and a long-awaited meeting with Klum.

"Heidi was at the conference and we were escorted like VIPs into the AOL guest suite to meet her," Ken Hagain said. "The suite was set up like a candy bar and she invited the kids to take as much candy as they wanted."  

Klum chatted with the family, snapped some photos — even tweeting this one to her 672,466 followers —  and signed Maeve's copy of Allure magazine (with Klum on the cover, of course).

Klum and Jack spoke for a while about the clever costume that won him the contest, then the German-American model told Jack that he should start to work soon on his costume for next Halloween.

Jack's spooky costume was chosen by Klum from nearly 2,700 entries from Patch sites across the country.

The win by Jack also came with a $1,031 donation to his designated charity, K.I.N.D.: Kids in Need of Desks. K.I.N.D., a joint effort of UNICEF and MSNBC, provides schools in Malawi with desks to provide students with a better atmosphere for learning. They aim to bring 46,000 desks to 172 schools.

Hagan said his son learned about K.I.N.D. when MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell visited his class at  last year to speak about the charity. Sicomac students  for the organization.

"It just stuck in Jack's head," Hagan said last year. "He felt that it was a really good charity."

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