Local students get makeovers

Eight local elementary school girls are ready to start school off in style.

Girls in Troop 14040 are ready to model new hair cuts thanks to Kids Hair in Coon Rapids. Photo submitted
Girls in Troop 14040 are ready to model new hair cuts thanks to Kids Hair in Coon Rapids. Photo submitted

That’s because the Girl Scouts were given free makeovers as part of an appearance on a local television show.

The fifth-graders appeared on Tuesday’s “Twin Cities Live,” broadcast on KSTP Channel 5 locally.

The girls were part of a segment about hairstyles for the upcoming school year. Seven of the girls are members of Girl Scout Troop 14040, with the eighth a member of another troop.

Morgan Lindquist, Hannah Penttila, Mandi Handsmeyer, Meghan Keller, Sophia Pletcher, Paige Cowle, Allison Spencer and Kira Wibben are all students at Eisenhower, Lincoln and Ramsey elementary schools.

As a precursor to their TV appearance, the girls were treated to complimentary hair cuts and styles at Kids Hair in Coon Rapids Monday evening.

Much of the focus on hair styles include braiding, which is an up and coming trend this fall.

“They’re excited to get their hair cut and be on TV,” said Ann Lindquist, troop leader and Coon Rapids Middle School teacher.

Their hair was touched up Tuesday by stylists from Kids Hair prior to the television show taping.

Because the segment focused on hair styles rather than clothing, the girls wore their own clothing with their troop sash or vest.

According to Lindquist, the girls had minimal input on their new styles, which made a few girls nervous before Monday’s cuts and styles.

“They’re a little bit nervous,” Lindquist said before the cuts.

The two girls with especially long hair were more nervous than some of the others, she said.

Despite their nerves, the girls were more than excited about their adventure.

The girls’ makeover and TV appearance are a result of an e-mail Lindquist sent to “Twin Cities Live” in July.

Lindquist e-mailed the show requesting a makeover for the girls to reward their efforts in Girl Scouts.

Lindquist had forgotten about the request until she was contacted by the show recently, she said.

“It was kind of a surprise,” Lindquist said.

Inspiration for the request came from Lindquist’s own experience as a Girl Scout.

Lindquist and her fellow troop members received makeovers prior to an appearance on the television show “Good Company,” which aired on KSTP from the early ‘80s to mid ‘90s.

The experience will help the girls to learn about how TV segments are produced and about careers in broadcasting, she said.

It’s also an opportunity to build self-esteem and be positive role models for other girls, according to Lindquist.

“The girls really hope to get the message out that Girl Scouting is a really fun activity in which all girls in grades K-12 can participate,” Lindquist said.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]