As the Mom of two kids who have long since been through 8th.grade - pay attention to your teachers (even though you might not like some of them) - be astute about your assignments and try to do best at the subjects that truly interest you. Above all - don't allow fellow students who don't have your best interests in mind deter you from being the best that you can be. Those who would like to bring you down to the wayside with themselves will only want you to join them in self-defeat. Do the best job you you can do. You have it within you - just do it!