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Monticello High vice principal sacrifices hair for pennies


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MONTICELLO -- The hair from the head of Monticello High School's vice principal became a sign of victory and pride for the school's student body.

In a head to head contest between students and staff, Vice Principal Sheryl Soderstrom agreed to sacrifice the hair if the students could collect more pennies than the faculty in a one-month period.

The students won and Soderstrom had her head shaved Tuesday.

The contest arose from a math project by teacher Kara Boyd, who wanted to help students comprehend the volume of one million by having them collect one million pennies.

But when the community's 50-year-old swimming pool failed and was slated for demolition, a group of elementary school staff joined the high school in suggesting that most of the pennies be donated to help build a new city pool.

According to the San Juan School District, county and state officials pledged monetary support of up to $1.9 million for a new city pool.

The city is within one million quarters of having a fully funded facility.

Demolition of the pool also starts Tuesday.

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