Isabelle McGuire: The girl behind the sombrero

Editing her illustration, Isabelle McGuire from Traverse City Middle School wears her sombrero to Tuesday evening's session. She has worn a different hat everyday at MIPA, ranging from a Eskimo hat to a captain's cap and a sombrero to a panda hat. "You like what you like," McGuire said.

Editing her illustration, Isabelle McGuire from Traverse City Middle School wears her sombrero to Tuesday evening’s session. She has worn a different hat everyday at MIPA, ranging from a Eskimo hat to a captain’s cap and a sombrero to a panda hat. “You like what you like,” McGuire said.

Isabelle McGuire, an eighth grader from Traverse City Middle School, didn’t mix up the spirit days this week. Sitting in Karl Gude’s Illustrator and Infographics class in her sombrero, some campers were concerned she was getting her days confused; even though hat day was scheduled on Monday, McGuire still proudly displayed her collection of headgear during registration, hat day, sunglasses day, and staff shirt day.

And campers have taken notice.

“You see the looks,” McGuire said as she squinted her eyes and raised her eyebrows in mock confusion. “And I see the little eyebrow twitches.”

Although the average consensus may be that oversized hats are reserved for spirit themed days like hat day, McGuire sees them as nothing more than just an “unexplainable” habit.  Bringing a sombrero, a panda hat, a captain’s hat and an Eskimo hat to MIPA alone, McGuire wears the accessories on an almost constant basis.

“I’m never not wearing a hat,” McGuire said. “Girls will put bracelets on all the time or some people have to have their watch in a certain position, people tie their shoes a certain way… It’s just something that I do.”

And in addition to the four hats she brought to Michigan State, there are still an “uncountable” number of hats left at home.

“I just love hats,” McGuire said. “You just like what you like.”

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