No Shave November

by Charlie Norgaard

As you all may know, this month has been one of the most eye opening periods in the United States’ recent history.

A particular ongoing conflict has stolen the attention of millions across the globe, and has led to profound changes on an international scale. People partake in worldwide movements as they call for awareness, resulting in social upheaval. I am talking, of course, about No Shave November.

For those who don’t know much about this tradition, No Shave November is a cause dedicated to Cancer patients and treatment. The goal is to not shave for the entirety of November, and then donate the money saved on shaving materials towards your preferred cancer treatment organization. No Shave November not only increases funding for cancer research and treatment, but also greatly increases awareness for a profound cause.

No Shave November is a deserted tradition at OES, which means there are few participants. However, despite the extreme deficiency of participants, I was lucky enough to find one proud OES participant, Graham O., who continues to grow out “the old wheatfield” for charity.

“Yes I am doing No Shave November and I’m doing it for two reasons,” says Graham O., “One, I enjoy growing my beard out because it’s nasty and simply funny and two I am doing it to raise awareness. I think No Shave November is an important cause, and I will be donating towards the cause at the end of the month.”

Graham is a role model for us all at OES. He proudly grows his elegant beard for a profound cause. He embraces his hair like anyone else should, and raises awareness at the same time.

As a school that is centered around service, OES should make No Shave November a requirement for all students and faculty. It’s kind of incredible that this hasn’t been a nationally instituted law for years. Though it’s highly unlikely Policy Board would ever make this a requirement, I still highly encourage everyone to participate in No Shave November.

Whether it’s growing facial hair, arm hair, leg hair, or that weird hair that grows out of moles sometimes, No Shave November could have the most profound school-wide effect since juice was taken away from the middle schoolers back in 2015.