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Mr. Bydlon boasts a new look

Jeremy Bydlon, a Jefferson High School teacher and robotics advisor, shaved his beard into "mutton chops" for a robotics team fundraising event last Friday at the school. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)1 / 2
Jeremy Bydlon showed his mutton chops.2 / 2

Jeremy Bydlon, a teacher at Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria and advisor of the school's FIRST Team 3313 Mechatronics robotics team, wanted to give students and staff a little extra incentive to raise some funds for the robotics program.

He allowed them to decide how he should shave his beard.

Five boxes were set up with the following options: Clean shaven, biker 'stache, moustache, mutton chops and goatee.

The box collecting the most donations was the winner, and Bydlon agreed to shave his beard in the winning style in front of everyone in the school cafeteria last Friday.

More than $300 was raised and the winning style was mutton chops.

The money will be added to that earned by robotics students during a recent grocery bagging fundraiser and an upcoming "tip night" fundraiser at Pizza Ranch set for December 3.

All money raised will go toward building a new robot and entering the FIRST competition next spring.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) requires teams of students to join with adult mentors and businesses from their community to build a robot to play a game that changes each year.

The students have six and a half weeks, a rule book, and a budget to build their robot. FIRST serves as a way to keep students excited and interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

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