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BOSTON – A graduating senior is honoring his classmates by creating charcoal portraits of all 411 of them.

Phillip Sossou spent the past four months creating the drawings of his classmates at Boston Latin in Massachusetts. He was surprised that his project moved his classmates to tears.

“This will sort of bring about a sense of community,” he told NECN. “That’s definitely what we need right now, because we’re really fractured.”

His teachers admired his diligence with the project.
“At one point, he was trying to do 16 pieces of work a day just to actually meet the 411 goal,” said art teacher Stephen Harris.
Each student will take their portrait home before graduation. Sossou plans to pursue a career in animation after college.