Geek, but popular girl
Wendy only moved to Independence at the start of last school-year, and when she immediately joined the Chess Club, it was assumed she had doomed herself to being unpopular. Somehow, however, her plucky attitude and easy manner helped her climb up the social ladder quite successfully. Of course, many other students display similar qualities, but never achieve socially as Wendy has done so, so presumably a good dose of luck has also been involved in her ascent.
Either way, with her social success, the Chess Club has become rather more socially acceptable, and new targets for derision began to take precedence over the last year.