His promise was personal and his word went around the Conference. On the last day of summer, September 21, in the presence of the entire student body, faculty and staff, the deed was done.
There was no end to the cheering and applause. Selfies were taken with the willing victim, and haircut variations were attempted. Delight shot across Jessica’s face as she shaved Ed Barnett’s head with a “Reeder hair option” (a near-bald look) and transformed his thick, curly gray hair into a becoming new hair style. Donna Reeder, who regularly cuts hair for her husband, Don, principal of Campion Academy, delivered the final cut.
With his curls falling down, Ed Barnett commented: “I'm glad I can't see what it looks like. I'm not a bit sorry.”
“It was a pretty good bet. He's definitely down to earth about it,” said Faith Paden, a sophomore watching the event.
Raelynn Kelley, senior, said in a straight-forward manner: “He looks good with or without hair.”
“From the front it's not that bad,” commented Nati Joya, junior. “It's not too bad. It's not my style though!” added Joe Philpott, sophomore.
“Our enrollment was declining and we had to do something about it. Careful strategic planning and the motto, “To know Him – to show Him,” went to the core of the school’s spirituality. We knew that God is leading our 109-year old school as we lift up Christ. We added our creativity, focused on spirituality and mission, and intentional marketing to keep us on track,” explained Donavan Reeder, principal.
The school’s enrollment in 2014 bottomed with 128 students, then in 2015, increased slightly to 135. Today, the school has gone beyond the goal of 145, reaching 155 students for the current school year on the Loveland campus.
Text and photos by Rajmund Dabrowski, RMC Communications Director