A long 'Tail' from an aspiring local teen

MOOERS FORKS Maxx Hipko, 16, of Mooers Forks, has a new look. After growing his hair for the past three years, hes gone from ponytail to clean cut.

I walked by people and they didnt know it was me, he said of his friends reaction to the change in hair style.

My bosses (at Angelo's restaurant) thought I was someone else, Hipko laughed.

But he didnt get the hair cut just to shock people, Hipko donated his hair last week to the Locks of Love organization in Lake Worth, Florida.

I saw an article about someone who had donated their hair, and decided thats what I wanted to do with mine, Hipko said.

You see, Hipko has recently applied to the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., So why leave my long hair on the military barbers floor, when I can use it to serve someone?

Hipko, an Eagle Scout, has always been committed to community service.

His parents, Erik and Teri, noted that the long hair also held negative connotations - so that rather than folks seeing their son as the caring young man he has become, they would think the worst of him.

Hipko, who has been a scout since the age of eight, a member of the Northeastern Clinton Central School (NCCS) varsity track and cross country teams, the secretary general of the schools model UN, lead clarinet player for the school band, bass player for the Jazz band, and a member of the National Honor Society, was often misunderstood just because of a ponytail.

So he donated the tail to Locks of Love.

Donated hair must meet the minimum length requirement of 10 inches in order to fabricate wigs for children with cancer. Hipko had no problem meeting that.

He had the cut done on Wednesday, July 25 at Maskell's Hair Hut in Rouses Point, because as his father explained, His consideration to service is now his commitment, and if he can help someone along the way, all the better.

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