Senior baby pictures collect on walls of senior lounge

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Senior Class Leadership Council member Emma Chang puts up a senior's baby picture on the wall of the senior lounge. “The reason why we have the baby pictures is to show yourself from when you are really little, and once you give your speech, it shows the change,” Chang said.

Among the Midnight Red posters and graffiti art on the walls of the senior lounge sits a growing number of adorable baby pictures. Seniors gawk at all of the silly faces and adorable outfits. Many try to match the baby picture to the senior. “It is fun to figure out who is who,” senior Helen Derechin said. The Senior Class Leadership Council has decided to transition the baby pictures of seniors who have given their speeches from the hallway to inside the senior lounge.

“The reason why we have the baby pictures is to show yourself from when you are really little, and once you give your speech, it shows the change,” SCLC member Emma Chang said.

The pictures are first posted on the senior bulletin board in the senior hallway and then moved to the lounge after speeches.

“It is also a way for us to keep track of the people who have already given their speeches,” Chang said.

Chang noted that many of the silly baby pictures contrast the serious demeanor of many of the senior speeches. For example, one senior’s baby picture is her hiding under a sink while her speech was about her serious passion for dance.

“It gives a very good contrast and shows the story of you growing,” Chang said. As more and more seniors give their speeches, the mural of baby pictures continues to grow.