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West Central Senior Deanna Justine Miller, 18, now living in Monmouth, decided it was time to give up 22 inches of hair length to benefit children with cancer. It will help make wigs for children, she was told by Nancy Hull, who gave her information on the "Locks Of Love" program.
Deanna, who was to graduate the next day from West Central High School, said, "I am ready for a change." She and her mother, Barb Blakley, her Uncle Doug and Aunt "Yolie" Miller arrived Friday at "Hair To Please" in Oquawka where Sherry McKune has done her hair the past eight years.
"She's so grounded," her Uncle said. "We came from California to see her graduate just because we are so proud of her. She knows how to get ahead."
He had an opportunity to see her collection of certificates, and medals of achievements.
"She is so young, to have achieved so much, and I know others who want things, but they don't want to work to get them."
As Deanna got ready for her hair cut, her mother was as nervous as she was.
Both squealed when it was cut, and then the emotions got to mom.
But the results were well worth it.
All were pleased with the new more sophisticated look of Deanna, who is now ready for Monmouth College in the fall where she has received scholarships.