HOOVER, ALABAMA, USA–No, it is not a quirky United Colors of Benetton. It’s friends, Zach Wunderly and Umar Quraishi, in the middle of ridding themselves of a month’s worth of beard growth. The Hoover High School students were among thousands of young men across the world who signed up for Facebook.com’s “No-Shave November.” Though Zach, 17, and Umar, 15, each separately boasted one would out beard-grow the other to certain Rip Van Winkle proportions, by the end of the month the boys found they had about the same capacity for facial hair growth. Both are happy be clean shaven again describing the beard experience as “itchy.”
Zach and Umar are both honor students at Hoover High School and play with the school’s marching band. Zach plays the alto saxophone. Umar plays the bass clarinet. You can catch the Hoover High School Marching Band playing in the Fiesta Bowl Parade.