Upstate New York teenager Draven Rodriguez became an Internet hero when he asked his school to use an awesome laser photo with
Draven Rodriguez started the laser cat photo petition even before the Schenectady could formally deny his request to make the picture his official school portrait. Instead, he wanted to round up support for his campaign in case officials said no. The petition quickly went viral, receiving more than 7,400 signatures despite his modest 500-signature goal.his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, as his official yearbook portrait. Now, his Schenectady High School principal has joined him for an even more epic laser-animal picture that will indeed appear in the yearbook.
“I don’t want to go in the yearbook with the generic ‘I-look-like-everyone-else’ photo,” the 16-year-old Rodriguez told Daily Gazette of his laser cat photo. “I wanted a ‘He looks great. Only he would try that’ photo. When people look at it, they will know that was me.”
Originally, Draven Rodriguez’s school claimed that the laser cat photo could go in the yearbook, just not in the official portrait section.
“We’re not trying to keep him from being creative, but there other places in the yearbook where the photo could go,” Karen Corona, the public information officer for Schenectady High School, told TODAY.com. “It’s a uniform, consistent looking section. When you opt to be included, all photos look like each other.”
So Schenectady officials agreed to a compromise. Principal Diane Wilkinson and her dog, Vivienne, joined Draven Rodriguez and Mr. Bigglesworth for a new laser photo. The image will appear on Wilkinson’s yearbook page alongside a PSA for animal rescue and adoption.
“We reached a compromise that everybody’s happy about,” Corona told Daily Gazette. “We wanted to make sure that Draven knows that we appreciate his creativity and energy around this, and we wanted to do something out of the ordinary with it.”
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