E.J. Plata, Senior, Archway Academy
"Big news stories usually consist of bad things. However, just like any other year, 2008 is a perfect year to break habit. In the past, we've encountered 9-11, Hurricane Katrina and even the tragic story of Laci and Connor. We can only hope that this year and in the years to come, things like these won't happen. I'm not quite sure what the world has in store for us, but whatever it is, good or bad, we always learn from it. Even when this world, nation or even you are in the depths of despair, we shall always come out of it as a stronger and better whole. Always. I believe this year shall be full of wonderful amazing headlines and stories! You'd be amazed at the power of positive thinking."
Katie Mussman, Senior, Davis High School
"I think the biggest news story of 2008 will be the presidential election. For the first time ever, we have a woman and an African-American in the running. We also have two candidates whose religious affiliations are controversial. Sounds like the makings for many big stories, to me!"
Nora Cassidy, Junior, Modesto High School
"Hopefully, something along the lines of the war in the Congo has ended or that Israel and the Palestinians have reached a peace agreement will be able to be celebrated. Maybe one morning the headline of the paper will read: "All U.S. Troops are Being Pulled Out of Iraq." The biggest event, though, that I am certain will occur is the 2008 presidential election, when Americans will decide how they want to fix America. Also, the new president could be the first woman, black, Italian-American or Mormon to hold that position."
Michelle Vecchio, Senior, Whitmore Charter High School
"With 2008 being an election year, I'm sure the presidential election will be the biggest news story of the new year. Who ends up winning this election, however, is a more challenging question."
Amelia Varni, Sophomore, Central Catholic High School
"Hopefully, the biggest news story of the year is not more celebrity gossip about the Spears family. I think that it will be the 2008 presidential election."
Victoria Pardini, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"Well, I guess barring any possibility of something really random happening, and barring any undoubted celebrity scandal that will erupt this year, I'd say that the safest bet would be the outcome of the presidential election. With so many possibilities of a history-making new leader, such as a woman president or an African-American president, it will be sure to draw a lot of media attention in the coming year."
Peter Hodson, Sophmore, Modesto High School
"Seeing as Mr. Russell is making such a big deal of it, probably the 2008 presidential election."