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					English                                                                                  Lisa Lieu
6th Period                                                                                 3/12/10
                                      Edit: Nerd to Popularity

       Jacobson Elementary school would be your typical elementary school. There are bullies

and there are nerds. Eight year old Gary would be your typical nerd. He had brown, curly hair,

chipped teeth, and crooked glasses. Nobody in the school knew Gary, at least not the way he

wanted them to know him, as cool, funny, and popular. Everybody’s description of Gary would

be the nerd who sits in the back corner reading a comic book. Billy, on the other hand, was a

fourth grader, one year older than Gary. Everybody knew Billy; he had black, spiky hair, which

was always covered with a black cap. The entire student body knew Billy as how he wanted to

be known as a bully.

       One day, as recess started, Gary was sitting in the back corner near the red brick school

wall. He was reading his comic books as usual, while all the other kids were running about on

the playground. None of the other kids would ever invite Gary to come play with them because

he was always reading his comics. Everybody thought he was a boring kid. As Gary was reading

his comics, the bright light of the sun was blocked by the shadow of a big fat figure. “Hey, get

out of the way. I can’t see!” Gary demanded as he looked up from his dark comic book.

       “What did you say?” Billy asked, as he lowered himself toward Gary.

       “Uhh, nothing,” Gary stuttered, as he stared at Billy’s angry face.

       “That’s what I thought. Don’t you ever mess with me again wimp,” Billy said, as he

pointed at Gary’s terrified face and walked away towards the playground with his friends.

       Gary whispered to himself as he looked at the drawing in his book and said, “I wish I

could be as brave as you Superkid.”

       Moments later, the lunch ladies raised their hands and blew their whistles, notifying the

kids that it was time to go in for lunch. Walking into the crowded cafeteria, Gary headed toward

the back corner of the lunch room near the trash cans. He sat down and opened his sack lunch.

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English                                                                                    Lisa Lieu
6th Period                                                                                   3/12/10
                                      Edit: Nerd to Popularity

He took out his peanut butter sandwich, potato chips, and juice box. Immediately he began eating

his lunch, but before he got a chance to finish, a loud stomping of guys came marching over

towards his table. Suddenly, a rotten banana peel came swirling into Gary’s face and it hit him

right in the eye. The crowd began laughing as the banana peel slid off of Gary’s aching face.

Embarrassed by the crowd, Gary threw the peel right below Billy’s feet. Suddenly, a scream

filled the room as Billy stepped foot on the peel and slid. His spaghetti and nachos went flying

about the room and some landed on his black cap. The students burst into laughter as Billy

rubbed the tomato sauce off of his favorite hat. Billy angrily stood up with his hand clenched and

looked around the lunch room. The student’s immediately stopped chuckling and stared at Billy

with a straight face. Billy then spotted Gary giggling, holding on to his little stomach, nearly

bursting in tears. Billy and his friend stormed over to Gary and Billy picked him up by the shirt

and said, “You think you’re so strong and cool because you made me trip. Well, if you’re so tuff,

meet me after school in the field for a fight!”

        Billy dropped Gary as he and his friend left for the bathroom. The students began

whispering as they stared at Gary. Gary was horrified as he tried to distract himself from crying

by patting down his blue collar shirt to get rid of the wrinkles. Moments later, a few kids came

rushing over towards Gary’s table. A girl with blond curly hair leaned toward Gary and said,

“Wow, you are so cool to stand up to Billy like that. I’d be too afraid to even look him in the


“Yeah, I’d be pretty scared too,” said the boy in the back, standing on his toes. “Are you really

going to fight him?” he asked, curiously, raising one of his eyebrows.

        “I don’t know. I really don’t want to get hurt,” Gary said, as he rubbed his glasses on his

shirt and sighed.

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English                                                                                  Lisa Lieu
6th Period                                                                                 3/12/10
                                       Edit: Nerd to Popularity

        “Aww, we thought that you were going to be the first person to be brave enough to stand

up to Billy,” said a boy with a stripe shirt on.

        “Brave,” Gary whispered to himself, as he thought about Superkid.

        “You know what I think I will fight him!” Gary shouted, as the students surrounding him

began to clap and cheer.

        In the classroom, Gary was very nervous and concerned. Butterflies fluttered in his

stomach every time he watched the minute hand go ticking by. As the bell rang, the students

stormed out of the classroom in excitement for the fight. They all ran outside near the designated

area to fight. Gary, on the other hand, was beginning to doubt his decision. He walked slowly

down the hallway with his unzipped green backpack. As he turned to the next hallway on the

right, Gary spotted Billy cracking his knuckles, getting ready for the fight. Gary quickly turned

around and paced over near the staircase. Billy then saw Gary and noticed a light blue fabric

lingering out of Gary’s backpack. Billy ran over toward Gary and snatched the cloth out of

Gary’s backpack in shock as he stared at the dirty teddy bear imprinted on the blanket with

Gary’s name sewed on it. “Look at what I got!” Billy shouted at Gary as he turned around.

        Gary’s mouth dropped and he said, “Give me that back Billy!”

        “Not in your dreams,” Billy shouted, as he sprinted towards the stairs and out the door

near the students.

        Gary immediately ran behind Billy as Billy headed outside towards the field.

        Billy stormed out in laughter as he pushed toward the center of the crowd and said,

“Look at what I have everybody!”

        He waved Gary’s blanket around the students, pointing out Gary’s name sewed on it.

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English                                                                                  Lisa Lieu
6th Period                                                                                 3/12/10
                                     Edit: Nerd to Popularity

       “You guys all thought that Gary was so bold because he stood up to me, but look at what

he brought with him to school, his blankie!” Billy shouted, as he laughed evilly at Gary, pointing

him out.

       The crowd began laughing as they looked at Gary hiding in the back corner. Gary was

extremely embarrassed as all of the students snickered at him, but then he walked up toward the

center of the crowd and said, “Why are you guys acting this way? We’re all only third graders

and fourth graders. We don’t have to grow up too fast, we’re just kids, and we all have secrets.”

       The crowd began whispering, as a girl in a ponytail walked up toward Gary and said, “I

bring my teddy bear with me everywhere I go.”

       A boy pushed through the kids and shouted, “I’m still afraid of the dark.”

       One by one, all of the students came up and confessed their secrets.

       When they were finished Billy laughed in astonishment as he gripped his stomach and

said, “Only wimps have secrets, cool people don’t have secrets.”

       “Billy, stop trying to run the school and act all cool,” Gary shouted, as the kids nodded in


       As Billy began to walk away, he threw Gary’s blanket on the floor, and stomped on it,

leaving a shoe mark. Suddenly, one of his friends shouted at Billy and said, “Wait, didn’t you tell

me you were afraid of clowns?”

       The kids began laughing at Billy as he ran away and said, “You weren’t supposed to tell


       The kids all patted Gary on his back as he picked up his blanket. They all filed out of the

playground and told him how he was their hero. Gary giggled to himself and said, “Just like


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English                                                                                Lisa Lieu
6th Period                                                                               3/12/10
                                     Edit: Nerd to Popularity

       So, Gary was no longer considered a nerd, but the complete opposite- popular. He had

new friends and even better was considered a hero to the younger kids at his school. From that

point on nobody ever picked on Gary anymore. Everybody learned their lesson that kids should

be kids and all get along with each other.

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