Nearly 60 Students Wore The Same Hawaiian Shirt On Picture Day In The Best Yearbook Prank

Leadership shows itself in a multitude of ways. Sometimes leadership makes itself known in more traditional arena — through authority at a job or a position of governance. Other times, being a leader means flexing your influence in the most absurd ways, which is exactly what happened with a teen who convinced his classmates to wear Hawaiian shirts on picture day.

The mastermind behind this BBQ-chic look is junior Dave Husselbee of Sleepy Hollow High School in Westchester, New York. I imagine Magum P.I. era Tom Selleck appeared to Dave in a dream wearing short shorts and a suggestively open Hawaiian shirt as he swayed and whispered, “Let them channel me at picture day.”

Truly showing off his blooming leadership abilities and popularity, Dave was able to convince nearly 60 students and staff to wear matching Hawaiian shirts on picture day, and even went so far as to provide a handful of the shirts himself. “We bought five shirts and about 10 kids knew about it before picture day,” Husselbee told ABC reporters while likely lighting a pipe with the smug satisfaction of his widespread influence. Once convinced to join in the fashionable cult of summer, the students and staff passed the five Hawaiian shirts off to each other as their pictures were taken, successfully forming their unified cult of yellow.

Even the school’s principal, Carol Conklin-Spillane, was in on the gag and said this kind of playful behavior is characteristic of the school’s population.

She went on to gush about her 22 year career there, telling Yahoo News:

“The best part is that this is who we are here at Sleepy Hollow High School. Kids and teachers have wonderful relationships. It’s a very warm, wonderful place. That’s really what’s special about this place. It’s an example of how these four years in a person’s life can be transformative. It’s all about the relationships these young people have with adults.”

Truly, there’s something to be said about the fact that Husselbee used his playful influence for something positive and benign rather than something destructive or exclusive. Juniors in high school aren’t always the kindest people (given the veritable shit-storm of hormones and life changes they’re dealing with), and all too often we hear news of high schoolers bullying each other or asserting social power in ways that don’t involve bright yellow flowers and ’70s-style luau getups. My hat goes off to Husselbee’s influence and initiative, and I look forward to seeing how he’ll flex these skills in the future.