Still, Draven Rodriguez was afraid he'd have a tough time convincing his high school to include this photo in the senior portraits in Schenectady High School's yearbook. And for good reason (there's a huge cat and a cat reflection in it, for starters).
So, the upstate New Yorker did the only thing he could do...he started an online petition to try to help convince the school to include his photo with his fluffy cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. The school has a deadline of Sept. 15 to decide whether or not to include certain photos in the senior portraits section.
"Hi all. This is my photo that should be going into the yearbook, but we know how finicky the school systems can be. I'm hoping that with enough signatures, my school simply can't turn this down," he wrote on the petition.
Draven actually does realize how silly the photo looks, but he wanted his senior photo to be unique, so he got this 80s style shot snapped and hoped for the best. "I don't want to go in the yearbook with the generic 'I-look-like-everyone-else' photo," he told the Daily Gazette. "I wanted a 'He looks great. Only he would try that' photo."
"When people look at it they will know that was me...I'm a little out there and a little tongue-in-cheek. Cats and lasers . . . sarcastic. It's so outlandish and ridiculous," the 16-year-old added. "I don't see why there will be any opposition to it. People really want to see it happen. They see it in a positive light. It's funny."
Even though the photo deadline hasn't hit yet, school district spokeswoman Karen Corona said the photo can go in the yearbook, but it can't appear in the senior portrait section. Draven was actually fine with that when he was told of that decision saying, "I'm not trying to make any statement other than my photo is ridiculous and this is how I am."
So, although (so far) his photo won't be in the senior portraits, Draven, Mr. Bigglesworth, the lasers and the ultra-fab cat reflection will be. And for that, we are thankful.