Skip To Main Content

Barbering and cosmetology students give senior citizens makeovers

Barbering and cosmetology students give senior citizens makeovers

Senior citizens sat in barbering chairs for a unique experience on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, as their hair was cut and styled by Mount Vernon High School students. Through a partnership with the City of Mount Vernon, senior community members came from the Doles Center to MVHS and received makeovers from the Career and Technical Education students. 

Barbering students cutting the seniors hair

Men and women were led to the barbering room for haircuts and shaves, and women went to the cosmetology room for washes and sets, blow drying and flat ironing. They also took “before” pictures to compare with after the students styled them. 

“I feel good giving back and making the seniors feel happy and beautiful,” said Shyiann Smythe, 11th grade student at MVHS. “I’m a junior, and my last year is next year, so this prepares me for the real world because I really want to pursue cosmetology in my future.” 

Dr. Agnes Taylor, cosmetology teacher, and Ricardo Boreland, barbering teacher, advised students as they worked on the seniors’ hair. 

“Most of the students are used to working on other students because we travel around the school community and cut hair for them, so this is teaching them how to deal with older clientele,” said Dr. Taylor. “When we do this with the seniors, it is showing them how to show respect and honor the senior citizens in our community.”

Mr. Simmons watching the barbering class cut hair

After their haircuts, seniors took “after” pictures and smiled as they saw their new hair styles. 

“They did a great job; I’m happy,” said Maria DeSousa. “They treated me very well.”
Jazz music played and seniors were offered snacks and coffee as they waited in the cosmetology room, speaking with each other and students. 

“This gives the community a great opportunity to marry our oldest and our youngest in the name of community building, enrichment and growth,” said Brian Simmons, director of CTE. “From a college and career perspective, there is no greater opportunity than to have our emerging scholars meet with our seasoned veterans for a day of fun and community building.” 

A representative from Congressman Jamaal Bowman’s office also was at MVHS sharing information and programs that seniors can utilize. Resources included information about healthcare and how to avoid identity theft and scammers.

Mr. Simmons with the commissioner of recreation for Mount Vernon.
Barbering students cutting hair.
Mr. Simmons with the representative from Jamaal Bowman's office


Admin posing with no place for hate signs.

For the second year, all 16 Mount Vernon City School District schools were presented with No Place for Hate (NPFH) banners at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at NYU Skirball Center in Manhattan. The district continues to be the largest and now is the first school district in Westchester County to have all of its schools designated as Gold Star No Place for Hate.  

Nathaniel Edwards in front of paper planes on wall.

Nathaniel Edwards, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, was recently accepted into Vaughn College of Aeronautic Engineering, Aviation and Technology, where he will pursue a degree in the Aircraft Operations program. 

Judges speaking at panel discussion

Mount Vernon community members visited Mount Vernon High School for an educational celebration of the 70th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education on Friday, May 17, 2024. The Mount Vernon chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held the celebration to recognize figures who fought against segregation and to acknowledge the progress that is still needed.