A long 'Tail' from an aspiring local teen

Hipko did admit he enjoyed having short hair during the past week of hot weather while he was camping and swimming.

Maskell, surprised to have finally been allowed to give Hipko more than just the standard trimming of the ends, donated the hair cut for the cause.

To anyone considering such a drastic measure, Hipko says, Make sure you are 100 percent willing to do it first, because it changes your whole appearance.

You need to be sure youre going to be comfortable with the experience.

Does he intend to keep the short style after the naval academy? Maybe, maybe not.

As far as his parents are concerned, theyll take him either way, As long as he keeps up the good grades and continues to be a good person.

Grow it while you can, his dad joked - of course hes nearly lost all his hair.

As Hipko, who turns 17 next week, looks forward to the beginning of his senior year at NCCS, he said he doesnt have a girlfriend just yet - but with a whole new look, that probably wont be the case for long.

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