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Cat, lasers land spot in Schenectady High yearbook

Draven Rodriguez’ cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, will be in the Schenectady High School yearbook after all.
Cat, lasers land spot in Schenectady High yearbook
Schenectady High School senior Draven Rodriguez wants this photo with his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, to be his portrait in the school yearbook.
Photographer: Courtesy of Vincent Giodano/Trinactia Photography

Draven Rodriguez’s cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, will be in the Schenectady High School yearbook after all.

Hopefully he doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with high school principal Diane Wilkinson’s dog.

The school district recently reached a compromise with Rodriguez, a high school senior who petitioned to have a creative photo of him, his cat and lasers in the yearbook. Instead of the original cat-and-laser photo going in the book, a picture of Rodriguez, his cat, Wilkinson and her dog will be featured on the principal’s yearbook page, district spokeswoman Karen Corona said.

“We reached a compromise that everybody’s happy about,” she said.

In the original picture, Rodriguez, 16, is holding his cat against a backdrop of lasers, with another faded image of the cat staring into the distance. The online petition received thousands of signatures and the photo, which Rodriguez posted on his Instagram account, went viral.

The new photo will be taken by the same photographer, Vincent Giordano of Trinactia Photography. The lasers, like Mr. Bigglesworth, will also stay.

“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 said.

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