In all, 13 Blairsville High School students and two teachers supported women with cancer by getting haircuts to either raise money for Birdie’s Closet, a charity associated with Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center, or donate hair to Locks of Love. The haircutting was the main event for Blairsville Middle-High School’s Pink-Out Day, a day of festivities sponsored by the National Honor Society.
Leading up to the haircutting, all students gathered in the middle school gym to focus on the purpose for the day, supporting women with cancer. National Honor Society members passed out roses for students to give to loved ones affected by cancer, and the high school chorus led in the singing of “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.
Then the students who had been chosen by their classmates to get haircuts were brought out to receive a cut by cosmetologists from London’s Salon in Blairsville.
The winners who were selected by their classmates were freshman Zack Artley, junior Seth Herdman and senior Catherine Martin. Artley went for a full buzz cut, Herdman cut half of his locks off and Martin cut 9 inches off.
When Martin shed a tear for the hair that she’d grown over the years, it sparked a fire of inspiration that caused many more to volunteer. Twelve more volunteers came to the floor to donate their hair: seniors Mary Tran, Alyssa Constantino, Mackenzie Lockhart, Rena Enterline and Jesse Chovanec; juniors Jay Matthews, Laurel Henry, Josie McConnell and Mackenna Emanuel; freshman Dravyn John; substitute teacher Felicia Watt; and chemistry teacher Laura Goodnack.
The day leading up to the haircutting was filled with a variety of different competitions and events. The first to take place was the “Mathletes and Athletes” competition in which each class competed in a series of goofy events from blowing a pingpong ball across the floor to using their hips to shake the ball out of the tiny hole.
In the end the seniors ended up coming out on top. Next were dodgeball tournaments for both middle school and high school students.
Another activity that took place was face-painting, where there were multiple support-themed ideas to paint on both the middle school and high school students.