As junior year is coming to an end, this student feels determined to become very active during her senior year. After Ms. Gruwell fuels this motivation, she decides to run for Senior Class President. She begins to campaign and knows that she can count on her fellow Freedom Writers’ full support. After long days of campaigning, the results are finally announced and this student is voted Senior Class President. She feels cheered on by everyone and so excited that she wonders if she might also want to try out for the cheerleading team.
This student’s achievement reveals the deep change that Ms. Gruwell’s students have undergone, as they have transformed from low-achieving, low-performing students no one else wanted to teach, into passionate students who are leaders in their own school—and, on a larger scale, in their community. It also demonstrates the power of group engagement, as all the Freedom Writers unite behind a common cause.