Graduating high school is a strange moment. No matter how it was for you then, everything changes afterward. That summer, friends disappear to new schools across the country, you disappear into college, work, or both, and the safety net ropes of your world generally loosen, if they aren’t untied altogether. But if you were lucky enough to be leaving Boston Latin School this year, that means you went to school with Phillip Sossou, the student artist who gave everyone the most profound parting gift.
The 18-year-old spent four months sketching portraits of his fellow classmates in secret. Finally, on the last day of classes for seniors, Sossou and six friends adorned the hallways of the first floor with all 411 of Sossou’s charcoal portraits. And he didn’t just do it out of boredom. He did it to make a point before his peers were lost to the real world.
“I was trying to show everyone in a positive light. Our class has been kind of divided. Having these pictures helps us to embrace our diversity.”
This dude will rightfully be talked about by those students forever. His project is something his former classmates will have explain to their kids. What he did was an insanely big, cool deal.
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