Photo: Senior Kelly Evers is one of the few seniors who got away with a goofy ID photo this year. Evers crossed her eyes just before the photographer snapped the picture. Photo by Marshall Farthing.
by Bryanna Stoiber
Kaneland Krier Reporter
Senior Kelly Evers got away with the impossible this year: a funny ID picture.
Evers was one of many seniors planning on taking a funny picture for her ID. Even with tight lookout in the hallway outside of the cameras, Evers managed to mess up her hair once she got in the picture area.
“At first I was smiling normal. But just at the last minute, I smiled funny. The photographer looked at the picture for a couple of seconds and moved on,” she said.
After the pictures were taken, KHS staff checked the IDs, and some seniors had to retake their pictures, but not Evers.
The administration has stepped up this year in safety of the students seriously, as IDs were taken in more serious focus this year. As seniors wait in line to take their ID photos, KHS staff members take precaution of the “goofy” ID’s by making each student look presentable before taking a picture, as well as photographers keeping an eye out.
Although no disciplinary action was taken, keeping the IDs simple and appropriate was a way to make sure the students are safe, Assistant Principal Diane McFarlin said.
McFarlin said that the funny senior ID photos were making it challenging for KHS teachers and other staff to identify students at times.
In previous years, issues had arisen that caused difficulties for administration, McFarlin said. About three or four years ago, four boys dressed alike, with their hair slicked back and wearing 3-D glasses. There had been new security in the school that year, making it difficult to tell them apart. The four boys were wearing glasses were hard to identify, “especially because the eyes identify,” McFarlin said.
“It doesn’t have to be the part of a senior checklist of what to do senior year,” she said.
The administration’s possible plan for this year is to communicate with the current juniors at KHS to let them know the senior picture expectations for next year, McFarlin said.
In the past years the standard wasn’t officially set for the seniors’ expectations on picture day.
“We would like to communicate in a pretty good fashion,” McFarlin said.
Even though a majority of the seniors knew that the “funny” pictures were discouraged, “everybody’s obviously gonna try anyways,” senior Katy Dudzinski said.
According to Dudzinski, most of the seniors were planning on taking a funny picture.
“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” she said.
Evers said that she felt strongly that students should be allowed to take a funny picture for their ID.
“We should be able to take a goofy picture, as long as they can see their faces,” she said.