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Hermiston teen takes his senior pictures at family's 7-Eleven

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Senior pictures are one of the lasting memories of high school, memorialized in yearbooks and on the walls of parents. While some snapshots are taken in formal wear, letter jackets or in front of fake brick walls, one Oregon senior is going a more creative and convenient route.

Stefano Peiris of Hermiston is gaining fame and followers after posting his senior pictures, which were taken in his parents’ 7-Eleven store.

The pictures, shot by Tammy James of 60 Minute Photo, show Peiris behind the counter, hanging out in the parking lot and even pulling a Slurpee.

“I started thinking about how I'm going to be remembered in the yearbook,” Peiris told Fox 12. “I could be like everyone else and just lean on a brick wall or I could be different. It's always better to be different.”

The post has exploded in just a few days, with over 31,000 retweets. According to the Hermiston Herald, the number of Twitter users following Peiris grew four times in size.

The senior said he has gotten lots of positive reactions online, with one of his favorites being, “Your teeth are brighter than my future.” A post from a fellow Hermiston student showed classmates’ approval on Peiris’ choice of pictures.

Sites from around the internet have shared Peiris’ tweet, including 7-Eleven’s own corporate account.

Peiris said his parents were initially hesitant with their son’s choice of photo shoot location, but have come around on the pictures.

“Before the fame my mom thought I was crazy for wanting pictures at 7-Eleven,” he said. “But now, she's more excited than me.”

Peiris plans on attending Portland State University next year, and is just enjoying his time in the social media spotlight.

“I'm going to enjoy this fame,” he said. “I hope it leads to things, but I have a feeling it might disappear as quick as it came.”

The Hermiston teen is not the first to make social headlines this year with their different take on senior pictures. A St. Louis teen took her photos in a Taco Bell.

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