Interpretive Essay 2012 Honorable Mention

Cady-Bree Abe
Grade 6
Maryknoll School

The Newest Member of N.E.R.D.S.
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Let’s meet the N.E.R.D.S., the National Espionage Rescue and Defense Society. It’s a strange spy group made up of children who are misfits, nerds, geeks, and anyone who is teased and made fun of by their classmates. Their odd habits or traits are “upgraded” into special powers when on missions.

The team includes leader Ruby Peet (codename Pufferfish), Duncan Dewey (codename Gluestick), Matilda Choi (codename Wheezer), Julio Escala (codename Flinch), and the newest member Jackson Jones (codename Braceface). They receive adult guidance from Agent Brand and Ms. Holiday.

In the N.E.R.D.S. last mission, the team learned that one of their own members, Heathcliff Hodges (codename Choppers) was actually an evil mastermind named Simon, who planned to blast the world to bits because he got mistreated so much. They were able to stop the destruction, but Simon escaped. The team has since received transmissions that Simon is again plotting his evil ways. The team needs someone who can help find and stop him. Agent Brand calls a recruitment meeting.

“What? No way! We don’t need any more people on the team!” Pufferfish says.

“We have to if we want to find Simon,” shouts Agent Brand.

“ Well, let’s at least see who it is”, Braceface adds.

“Fine,” said Pufferfish. “Let’s see who Benjamin comes up with.”

“Kate Aaron” an oddly proper computer voice says. “She is a cheerleader who just moved to our school today.”

“Oh no,” Wheezer pipes in. “Not another popular kid. It’s bad enough we have Jackson on the team. I don’t want to deal with the two of them!

“Hey! That was me before, I’m better now” Braceface screams.

“Yeah” Matilda sarcastically snickers.

“Here’s the side of Kate no one knows about,” the Benjamin continues “She is a straight A student and she has many “geeky” attributes. She has the worst vision anyone had ever seen. She needs bottle cap thick glasses, although she wears contacts. “

“Wow!” the nerds say in fascination.

“She’d be a perfect member of the team,” says Agent Brand.

“Okay, let’s get her on the team.”

“Here’s the problem,” Agent Brand chimes in. “We don’t how to lure her to join the team.”

“We could knock her out and force her to join,” says Wheezer.

“No. Matilda, we can’t force her to join,” explains Ms. Holiday.

“Let’s just approach and ask her,” says Gluestick.

“Okay, let’s go!” replies Pufferfish.

While the NERDS were conversing, Kate got a head start on her popularity. She became a cheerleader and everyone started to really like her.

“Okay, Kate just went to eat lunch. Let’s go catch up with her,” Ruby says to the team. The nerds enter the cafeteria and walk up to Kate.

“What do you want nerds?” Kate snarled.

“We want to ask you a question.” Ruby states.

“Why should I answer any questions from a bunch of nerds?”

“Because, we know your secret,”

“What secret?”

“We know you’re a nerd just like us,” Ruby whispers.

“Okay, I’ll answer your question but just don’t spread my secret or else I’ll be called a nerd.”

“Would you like to join the N.E.R.D.S.?” Ruby asks.

“No,” Kate replies, “I don’t know what it is, but I already told you I don’t want to be a nerd! Now scram and leave me alone! I don’t want to be seen with you.

“No! We’re not asking you to be a nerd. We are asking you if you want to be a member of N.E.R.D.S., the National Espionage Rescue and Defense Society, you big airhead!” Matilda grumbles.

“Uhh rude much! But, yeah, I’d like to join the N.E.R.D.S… on one condition.”

“What is it?” Matilda snarls angrily.

“You guys can’t hang around me during school time. Okay?” replies Kate.

“Fine. I don’t want be seen by an airhead like you anyway,” answers Matilda.

“Okay it’s settled. First off, to join, you have to eat the school’s creamed corn.” Ruby says.

“Why do I have to eat the school’s disgusting creamed corn?” Kate complains.

“Because we have to get the communication system hooked up in your body,” whispered Ruby.

“Okay” Kate said. Kate walks up to the food line and asks for the creamed corn. “Blagh! That’s disgusting!” She holds her breath, takes a bite of the creamed corn and almost barfs. The communication is hooked up.

“Okay, good follow us.”

“Wait, I’m eating my lunch!”

“Just come on!” Matilda shouts, while dragging Kate off her seat. The Nerd team walk to their lockers. Matilda, Jackson, Duncan and Julio enter their lockers.

“Okay, get in my locker,” Ruby orders.

“No! Only nerds get stuffed in lockers,” Kate exclaims.

“Exactly” Ruby replies. “Welcome to the N.E.R.D.S”

Kate slides down to the Playground and gets her upgrades. Kate (codename Four Eyes) is now able to change her vision from X-ray vision to super vision with help of her glasses. She can see super far, super small, or through things. Now they can find Simon and stop him! Go, N.E.R.D.S.!

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