Elizabeth: Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

Samantha heaved a big sigh and dumped her textbooks on the table. She was currently in the library and had a major test to study for. She was known as The Nerd just because of how she dressed: sweaters, jeans, sketchers, glasses, cheap watches, old baggy t-shirts, etc. Her brown hair was always put into a messy bun or a sloppy ponytail; she barely wore any make-up, and only had her ears pierced once (as if that was a bad thing). Just because she had amazing grades meant that she was automatically considered a “nerd.”

She sat down, opened her textbook, and took her pen out. But before she could do anything, Stacey (A.KA Queen Bee of the school) stood in front of her. Stacey was the exact opposite of Samantha. Stacey wore skirts, tank tops, dresses, boots, pumps, expensive jewelry, leather jackets, etc. Her blond hair was either always flowing down past her shoulders or in a neat high pony tail. Her face was also drowned in make-up but she always managed to pull it off. To Samantha, Stacey was just “The Rich Snob.” Pretty but probably dumb.

Pushing her negative thoughts away, Samantha looked up and plastered a fake smile on her face. “Um…do you need something?” she asked politely, trying not to be rude.

Stacey rolled her aqua blue eyes and shoved a paper in Samantha’s hand. “You dropped this!” she exclaimed with a scowl on her face.

“Whoa,” Samantha thought as she took in The Rich Snob’s annoyed features. “Why the attitude? What did I do?”

“Anyways, stop being stupid!” Stacey fumed. With that she stormed out of the library leaving a speechless Samantha.

Snapping back to focus, Samantha looked down at the paper. “Oh, my God,” she said to no one in particular. There were sparkling pink pen marks on her paper; they circled the math calculations she had gotten wrong, and arrows pointed to the correct ways to solve the different problems.

Samantha did a double take and nodded. This was definitely the work of Stacey: Smiley faces on top of the positive notes, sad faces next to remarks in the like of  “Are you dumb? I thought you were supposed to be the school nerd?” Or: “That’s wrong. X = 2 not 3!” Or: “Were you even paying attention in class?”

Samantha smiled a genuine smile and looked at the door that Stacey (A.KA Queen Bee) had just walked out of. She was smarter than Samantha…who was supposed to be a nerd.

Samantha shook her head and looked back at her paper.

You know what they say… Never Judge a Book by its Cover


Elizabeth is a 7th grader who lives in South Florida.

Rebecca Noelle Zama: Optimum Me


Reach for the stars

The sky is the limit

Everything and anything is possible

You can give it a try

Clear the path, the obstacles

Make room for yourself

Hear the sound of success

Calling your name

Find the real you, find what you can do

Overachieving is good

There is nothing worse than not trying

Reach out, think outside of the box

Get a grasp on the world around you

There is no such thing as “I can’t do it”

High above the clouds are the stars waiting for you

you won’t see them if you’re not willing

to go above and beyond the clouds

Every single star is ready to welcome you

Don’t keep them waiting

Someone might tell you that it’s impossible

Don’t listen to negative thoughts

There’s strength in all of us

Search within you to find yours

Aim high and don’t let anyone dampen your spirits

Rise up, beyond and above the obvious

Rejoice when you get to the road of success

You know that you have done your best

Start reaching for the stars now

There is no time like the present.

Rebecca Noelle Zama is a 12 year old 8th grader who was born in Washington D.C. Since an early age, she has been passionate about singing, dancing and acting and has been doing so for many years. Rebecca began performing publicly at the age of 4 years old, at concerts, fundraisers, churches, and galas throughout different communities. She is proud of her Haitian-American heritage and speaks Haitian Creole and French, in addition to English. She has been in plays at Stoneham Theatre and Children’s Theatre Workshop. Rebecca has also done extra work in movies like “The Game Plan”, “The Zookeeper” and other upcoming movies. She has also been in commercials for Hood Milk and Friendly’s Restaurant. Last winter, Rebecca released her first book of poetry entitled “Optimum Me”. Rebecca is about to release her first single on iTunes entitled “Hit the Floor”.


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