Towards the beginning of this story, Akeelah was just a normal schoolgirl.
Well, normal meaning that she went to school just like everybody. Although,she wasnt doing quite well in her studies. First of all, she hardly ever turnedin half of her homework! The teachers at Crenshaw certainly didnt have acrave at all for Akeelahs ridiculous study habits. Next, she was accused ofskipping classes which of course, she did but claimed she only skipped thephysical education, or PE classes. True, on her tests she would excel everytime. Akeelah would never miss a spelling word and would constantly get a big,red A+ marked on her paper. Unfortunately, her attendance wasnt desired,as she was tardy almost every day.
Akeelah Anderson was not a very polite girl towards her classmates orfamily members. It was her way whether you liked it or not. If it was hard,Akeelah wouldnt want to do it; if it was easy, shed take it into consideration.
She had an attitude that wasnt proper and was disliked. The way she talked,slang and all, made the teachers around her get second thoughts about her.
She was always described as having potential but not having any desire ineducation. She failed, at the beginning, to learn that school should alwayscome up first before winning any spelling bee. Akeelah Anderson, in myopinion, gave up too many times even though the people who fought for herto win cheered her on.
During the spelling bee at her school, Akeelah would easily get distractedfrom people who would tease her. She didnt know how to stand up forherself but just fought instead of solving the conflict with good manners.
She learns how to stand up for herself when her brother says to her, CmonAkeelah, do the spelling bee for Dad. Akeelah first refuses to compete inthe spelling bee but when she hears that she should do it for her deadfather, she immediately wants to compete.
Akeelah Anderson barely is positive at the beginning of the story. Shebarely smiled or laughed at people. When she finally meets Dr. Larabee, andhe commands her to stop speaking slang, Akeelahs answer is, Whatever.Akeelah hasnt yet learned how to behave with proper manners to an adultespecially one who lost a loved one. He calls her an insolent child, andAkeelah hates to be called like that. She suddenly becomes rude and talksback to Mr. Larabee. There is a point where Akeelah says her sorry but shedidnt really mean it as she stomps away off to her house.
When it comes to the Los Angeles School District Spelling Bee, she is stillshy within her surroundings. She hasnt learned yet how to overcome herfears though eventually, Dr. Larabee will. The fact that has been bugging herparents and school staff is that Akeelah only worries and cares about thespelling bee. Studies come after spelling bees is Akeelahs way of looking atthings.
The people who inspired Akeelah to change her style and personality wereseveral characters. One of them was Mr. Larabee who helps her to beconfident and not to let anything get in her way. She starts promising not tospeak anymore slang, and this is the time when she truly apologizes for theinsult incident that she had created days before. Mr. Larabee could bedescribed like another father for Akeelah Anderson because he never lether to think that she was an unemployed loser. It was always positive for him.
Georgia, Javier, and Dylan contributed a lot to making Akeelah change hermanners and behavior. Javier, a spelling bee friend of Akeelahs, helps her toconcentrate more on her studies, and he really puts a bright light in front ofher meaning that he always makes her smile. In the beginning of the story,she would hardly smile and believe in herself but with the true faith of herbee friend, Javier,...