Awesome / Speak

  • Dave standing up to Mr. Neck's xenophobic remarks.
  • The turkey-bone sculpture, with a duct-taped Barbie head and the bones shaped into a tree sculpture. Mainly because Mr. Freeman and Ivy intuit the emotions presented within the piece.
  • Melinda refusing to help Heather after the latter has dropped her in favor of more "popular" friends. Becomes a "Reason You Suck" Speech in the film.
  • Though it earns her a D on her assignment, Melinda finding a loophole to giving an oral report, and Dave helps. They pass out copies of her report to the whole class and plan to have her stand for the required duration of her presentation.
  • Melinda playing tennis against the class athlete, Nicole. While she ultimately loses, it was a close match, which is a testament to her skill at the game.
  • Melinda standing up to Andy in the climax and actually scaring him. "I said no."
    • It's actually more intense in the movie: Andy tries to attack Melinda and even rape her again. Melinda finally speaks out and screams "NO!" repeatedly. All while in the dark. And when the girls open the door, Melinda has a glass shard right to his neck.
      • Makes it better than the school team actually comes to Melinda's defense, and repeatedly calls out Andy and tell him "everyone knows what you did", all while ignoring his pitiful cries of pain.