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My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan

By: Seth Rudetsky

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Sophomore Justin Goldblatt is anything but popular. Currently there are pictures circulating of him with spinach between his teeth, and classmate Doug Gool constantly badgers him with homophobic nicknames. But Justin is about to change all that. Unfortunately the school, including his best friend Spencer, isn’t onboard. The plan: become popular, get his first kiss, date Chuck, the all-American quarterback. The obstacles: Justin’s not cool, has no prospects for the kiss, and Chuck has a girlfriend.

Prepared by Julie Fales, Shawnee Mission South High School Journalism Adviser, Overland Park, KS