MHS staff say goodbye to beards following successful fundraiser

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MHS staff say goodbye to beards following successful fundraiser
Mayor J. Christian Dumais, right, gives a cappella choir director Caleb Whelden a nice close shave on April 22 at the MHS Little Theater. Whelden had his beard shaved off because MHS music students managed to raise more than $13,000 from selling popcorn. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – For three members of the Marlborough High School faculty, it was time to face the music.

After their students raised more than $13,000 from selling popcorn, band and orchestra director Angie Crockwell; marching band James Verdone; and a cappella choir director Caleb Whelden climbed the Little Theater stage on April 22 to receive their rewards.
For Crockwell, it was getting a shaving-cream pie in the face from one of her students.

“It was messy, but it was for a good cause,” she said.

Verdone and Whelden had their facial hair removed by none other than Mayor J. Christian Dumais.

MHS staff say goodbye to beards following successful fundraiser
Marlborough High marching band director James Verdone is clean shaven for the third time since 2004, thanks to a successful fundraiser by music students. The ceremony took place on April 22 at the MHS Little Theater. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

“Whatever motivates the students,” said Whelden, who began growing his beard during the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to keep it – until now.

For Verdone, it was the third time he’s been clean shaven since 2004. He first lost his beard when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl in 2007 and again in 2016 as a result of another school fundraiser.

 

MHS staff say goodbye to beards following successful fundraiser
Marlborough High marching band director James Verdone has a post-pie chat with band and orchestra director Angie Crockwell on April 22 in the MHS Little Theater. She was hit by a pie as a part of a student fundraiser. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

 

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