Principal Poses With Laser-Cat Senior for Epic Yearbook Photo

Draven Rodriguez and feline Mr. Bigglesworth pose with Principal Diane Wilkinson and her dog, Vivian.
Vincent Giordano / Trinacria Photography
Draven Rodriguez and feline Mr. Bigglesworth pose with Principal Diane Wilkinson and her dog, Vivian.

You may have seen the headlines earlier this month when high school senior Draven Rodriguez started an online petition to use a laser-streaked photo of himself holding his cat as his senior portrait.

The Schenectady, New York, school district wasn’t crazy about that idea. Spokeswoman Karen Corona said it "would not be acceptable for the senior portrait section." But it was OK to run elsewhere in the yearbook.

Rodriguez gathered more than 7,400 signatures on ipetitions.com, and reached one fantastic compromise with the school, reported USA Today. He and his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, would appear in a photo along with his principal, Diane Wilkinson, her dog — and the lasers, of course.

The photo will be published on the principal’s page of the Schenectady High School yearbook, rather than with the other senior portraits. 

“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,” Corona told Schenectady’s Daily Gazette.

In addition to the compromise, there’s more good to come from the new photo, taken by Vincent Giordano of Trinacria Photography. Both Mr. Bigglesworth and Vivienne the dog are rescue animals, and Giordano is hoping it will raise awareness for shelter animals.

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