In high school, the prototypical popular kids are the
cheerleaders and jocks. They're
the kids who hang out in the quad at lunch
rather than in the library or the smoker's corner.
They wear clothes you see in Seventeen rather than
Carpe Noctum or Maximum Rock and Roll. They shop at the mall
rather than thrift stores.
Oh, sure, maybe they have shiny new BMW's, but can they
DM a Dungeons and Dragons game?
To be honest, when I was in
high school, I was jealous of the popular kids
until I got to college when I got to laugh wickedly
at how they strugged to realize that they were no
longer big fish in a small pond. Muahaha!