At Graduation This Student Revealed A Secret That Stunned His Classmates.
Phillip Sossou is part of the graduating class of 2016 at Boston Latin School, and he wanted to do something special to commemorate his fellow seniors. What he decided to do went above and beyond anyone's expectations -- and once you see it, you're going to be just as amazed as they were.
“Our class has been kind of divided,” said 18-year-old Sossou, an 18-year-old said in an interview. According to the administration, the school has had some issues with racism in the student body for the last several months. So to bring them all together and remind them of the strengths in their difference, he decided to draw a portrait -- yes, a full portrait -- of each of his 411 class members.
“Having these pictures helps us to embrace our diversity," Sossou said. I was trying to show everyone in a positive light."
To make the portrait surprise even more impactful, Sossou decided to come to school early during one of the last weeks of school and use the portraits to wallpaper the hallway. When his fellow seniors came to school, they were greeted with a sea of black-and-white portraits of themselves and their besties.
This is the man himself. As you can see, Sossou looks like exactly the kind of awesome dude who could pull off a portrait project like this. According to his fellow students, he drew every single day to get this project done -- in fact, his friends would often poke fun at him for constantly having his art tube slung over his shoulders.
He used charcoal to create each of the portraits, and they weren't cookie-cutter, either. Sossou incorporated details from each of his classmates' lives and personalities. One student is cuddling a cat, another flashed a peace sign, nearly everyone had a smile.
Everyone was floored when they realized what Sossou had done. This is something that this class will definitely remember -- and each of them will be able to take their portrait home when they come to school for the last time on June 8th.
Sossou's graduating class had nothing but positive things to say about his efforts, their reactions ranging from “This is awesome, man," to "Simply amazing." See more of Sossou's portraits and hear from the man himself in the video below.
Source: Patrick Hourigan