At first glance, he’s just another face. But on social media, Harrison High School sophomore Sam Haston can be whoever he wants.
Haston, age 16, created an Instagram account under the username @ughly, and in two short years has become a worldwide sensation.
But is fame really all it’s made out to be?
“It definitely was and still is a passion of mine, but halfway through my freshman year, I decided real life was more important to me,” the sophomore said.
To keep up with all 140,000 followers, Haston would constantly post, up to 20 times a day, and it eventually started to wear on him.
“At one point in time he was definitely more into the account, but now I would say he puts more energy into his friends in real life,” said Kenna Thompson.
But no one really knew how big of a voice @ughly really had.
“Sam created a text post of me, and it pretty much went viral,” said Haston’s best friend, Isabel Petkov. “People were sending me screenshots of accounts with millions of followers posting it and even seeing it on iFunny. It was absolutely insane. I guess it really shows how much of an impact Sam has.”
And he plans to do exactly that.
“I could have a huge impact if I wanted to,” said the sophomore. “It’s a really big platform and I feel like something good will come out of it,” Haston said.
The account consists of text posts -- pictures with funny captions -- which are a huge part of all social media.
For Haston, this account is just another step towards the future.
“I really don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but working in the media is always an option,” said Haston. “It’s always just something I’ve been good at and it's definitely a dream to be famous. For what, I don’t really know but I would definitely like to use it to make some difference in this world.”