by Lisa Tome
When Larry Sickels headed off to teach at Rising Sun High School on Tuesday, his wife, Sarah, urged him to "be a loser."
"She's been saying, I still love you but I hate your face," said Larry Sickels.
Sickels was one of the school's faculty members who participated in the fundraiser No Shave November.
As of Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, Sickels was "winning" by about $70. Last minute donations put Sickels' fellow teacher, Clem Vaughan, over the top.
Now Vaughan, instead of Sickels, has to keep his facial hair until Christmas break.
No Shave November is a fundraiser sponsored by the school's Student Council. Students at the school paid $1 per vote and selected their favorite faculty member. All funds raised will help the council adopt a family for the holidays.
The student council is also matching the funds raised. In all, more than $600 will support those in need.
Tom Dawley - $7
Matt Sherman - $2
Larry Sickles - $111
Ryan Crouse - $33
Clem Vaughan - $119
George Hildebran - Resigned from the competition November 10 "I'm a quitter," said Hildebran.
Frank Metzger - $21
Steve Gray - $8
David Sakers - $3
The staffers admitted that they had fun with the event, sculpting their beards. Crouse opted for muffin chops. Vaughan created a big handlebar mustache. His said his wife tolerated the new look because she knew it was temporary.
Metzger, who shaved off his beard for the first time in 20 years, isn't certain what he'll do now. His clean shaven look was well-received. "I might take it off," said Metzger, of his freshly grown beard.