Three powerful cliques controlled North Gateway High, and the Queen Bitch from each ruled our school from every direction. Caprice Winters dominated as Queen of Drama, all three kinds of choir and our school’s loose network of minority students.Then there was ‘Shley Osgood, short for Ashley, which was about as edgy as she got. With her perpetually sunny Mormon disposition, ‘Shley ruled all wearers of shiny gold crosses and goody two shoes. But neither could hold a candle to Fawcett Brooks, by far the hottest girl in school, and the Empress of The Rich and Popular. Fawcett loved fads and hated fatties. Her trademark golden tresses had won her ‘Best Hair’ three years in a row. An unprecedented achievement, since you’re supposed to be a senior to win. Like neighboring warlords in a third world country, they maintained an uneasy balance of power. Friendly, but always vigilant of anything that could upset the truce and create all out social warfare.