Seems to be heavily in use for Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade. Claudia is demoted to seventh grade, and her new classmates elect her their queen - seriously, this is an actual titled position, and is apparently a Stoneybrook Middle School tradition. Setting aside the fact that it was never mentioned in the earliest books in the series, when the club members were all in seventh grade, it's hard to understand how the school officials would be okay with giving the title to someone who is repeating the year. Many schools would consider this as unfair to the students who are going through that grade for the first time.
Richard Spier's (Mary Anne's Father) overprotective-ness and high/age inappropriate standards for behavior looks more understandable after the events of "Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic": not only has his wife died, but his late wife's parents threaten to yank Mary Anne if he's "unfit" as a parent, so he indeed did go overboard in raising a sweet, demure young woman who's too meek for her own good.