Cat, dog, lasers: A senior portrait to remember This composite image made from multiple photogaphs shows Schenectady, NY, High School senior Draven Rodriguez holding his cat Mr. Bugglesworth, along with Schenectady High School principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne (AP Photo/Trinacria Photography, Vincent Giordano)
Cat, dog, lasers: A senior portrait to remember
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A teenager and his cat, a principal and her dog, and lasers. They all came together in Draven Rodriguez's senior portrait, which ended up with him holding his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, and Schenectady High School Principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne.

The 16-year-old had originally wanted his senior yearbook portrait to show him holding his cat, with lasers in the background. He posted the photo on the Internet, and it went viral.

The school denied his request but said the photo could appear somewhere else in the yearbook.

Then Wilkinson got in on the act, and school district officials say the portrait with the two pet owners will appear on the principal's yearbook page.

The joint portrait will be used to raise awareness for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and rescue animals.

Critical thinking challenge: If wanted to raise awareness for a worthy cause, how would you do it, what cause would you pick and why?

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COMMENTS (48)
  • ShaniaWentz-Ste
    10/08/2014 - 08:43 a.m.

    First off, LOLLLLLLL! This is probably one of the funniest and awesome senior portaits I've seen. It combines two of my favorite things: animals and lasers! Who doesn't want one of their last high school pictures to be them, their principal, their principals' pet, their pet, and lasers. I know I do! If only I had a pet...

  • ECheyenne-Cas
    10/08/2014 - 11:36 a.m.

    I think that this is adorable! The teenagers senior photo was meant just for his yearbook but now it is viral and raises awareness for the the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and rescue animals, Very inspiring post.

  • colleenl-Ste
    10/08/2014 - 01:24 p.m.

    This has got to be one of the funniest pictures I have ever seen. Rodriguez showed great determination to put this picture in the yearbook and it is raising awareness for a good cause.

  • christophert20
    10/09/2014 - 09:38 a.m.

    I think that that is a pretty cool idea it shows that he problably did something wrong so he wanted the priclpal in the picture to kiss up. and i like that he wanted his cat in the picture and its a good thing they wernt real lasers because that cat would have problably went crazy espcillay with that dog.

  • alexi1125
    10/09/2014 - 10:23 a.m.

    this passsage is about a senior student with a cat. He wanted to take his senior picture with his cat and back round with lasers. IT also went viral but the school denied that but they can put it else were in the yearbook picture.

  • patrickellis
    10/09/2014 - 10:33 a.m.

    A 16 year old boy wanted to take his year book photo holding his cat . He put it on the internet but the school denied his request.They came together in Draven Rodriguez's senior portrait which ended up with him holding the cat.

  • diamondj4
    10/09/2014 - 10:38 a.m.

    This is about a teen who wants his cat to be in his school pic. He asked and his request got denied. They did say that he could put his pic somewhere else and that was on the principal page wiyh her dog to and that was to help stop people from abusing animals.

  • javierb5
    10/09/2014 - 10:42 a.m.

    its really weird he took that kind of picture for his senior pic but i mean atleast its for a good cause so i aproove

  • jaimel01
    10/09/2014 - 12:39 p.m.

    I would never be obssessed with my pet so much that i would take a picture of it and make it pose with all that buisness . I kinda think thats creepy . What guest would waant to walk into your house with a porttait of your pet on the wall .

  • roberth32
    10/09/2014 - 12:40 p.m.

    this is a funnuy story about a 16 year old senior in high school how wanted to take a photo with his cat for his senior portrit and he wanted to have lasters in the back ground and they denied but then they just said that he could and i that that its really kinda cool

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