Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The high school yearbook pic to beat all others: Student gets his wish to pose with principal, their pets and lasers

NEW YORK -- All Draven Rodriguez wanted was a memorable yearbook photo and in the end that's what he got.

While the senior at New York's Schenectady High School originally wanted an image of himself and pet cat Mr. Bigglesworth surrounded by lasers, school officials wouldn't put it in the portrait section.

But now he's he and Mr. Bigglesworth are sharing the the principal's page with administrator Diane Wilkinson, her mixed chihuahua Vivienne, and, yes, a whole lot of lasers.

Photographer Vincent Giordano described Vivienne as a nervous model while Mr. Bigglesworth was more interested in the technical aspects.

'Diane and Draven were all laughs, they really enjoyed the photo session,' he told Buzzfeed.

'Vivienne and Mr. Bigglesworth really broke the rules of cats and dogs and got along famously for a trouble free photo session!'

Coolest principal ever!

Draven had tried to start a petition to get an image of he and his cat in the yearbook's portrait section.

His campaign soon went viral, prompting support from publications like Gawker, Time, and Cosmopolitan.  His original goal was to get 500 signatures; he received more than 7,000 signatures on ipetitions.com.

The final picture will include an urge for animal rescue and adoption. Both animals are rescue pets. The principal's dog's name is Vivian, the photographer, Vincent Giordano, said, and the goal is to raise awareness of rescue animals through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

(Daily Mail - Sept 29, 2014)

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