Claim to Twitter Fame


Elena Quinones with her ashes in her Driver’s License picture.

Christian Davis and Katie Priest

Senior Elena Quinones recently received recognition for her tweet on Ash Wednesday: 

Quinones decided to get her full license on Wednesday March 1, forgetting it was Ash Wednesday. No one at the DMV hinted anything was out of the ordinary.

In her license photo, she realized there were ashes still on her forehead. After she looked at her photo, Quinones said, “I laughed all the way out to my car and then immediately called my mom so she could make fun of me.”

Within a day of tweeting a picture of her license, she had thousands of retweets. Currently, the tweet is still climbing in numbers with 33.8K retweets and 198K favorites.

When the tweet went viral, BuzzFeed asked Quinones for an interview, but she declined. “When my name is searched in the future for professional opportunities, I didn’t want something like this to be the first thing to come up” she said.

Quinones has received some criticism for this tweet. When it was posted, some of the numbers on her driver’s license could be seen. People were concerned for her safety, but she has not received any threats.

Quinones is very involved with the Kentucky YMCA. This summer she will be leading a service trip called YCorps. Several other Sacred Heart students are attending the trip. The students attending are: Nancy LoGuidice, Sarah Graham, Claire Hilbrecht, Kathryn Boroughs, Sarah Ball, Nora Sweeney, Madeleine Stone, and Caroline Bosler. Each participant is required to raise a certain amount of money before the trip. Quinones said “While the tweet blew up, I was checking my fundraising page more than my Twitter notifications.” Unfortunately, her newfound Twitter fame did not gain her any random donations. If you would like to donate, click here: http://give.kyymca/elenaquinones

Quinones does not feel affected by this Twitter fame. “I just get really worried about getting mistaken for 21 Savage now” Quinones jokingly stated.