Emily Shrader, Sophomore, Enochs High School
"Just one? Well let's see -- the neon-green leggings, the purple sombrero, those 5-inch-long false eyelashes. Maybe my most unusual possession is myself!"
Tim Day, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"My large collection of mint tins. Being a strong believer that mints are superior to gum, I show off my mint tin collection to remind people of this FACT."
Victoria Pardini, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"Though maybe for some people, it's not really that 'unusual,' I do have a cowboy hat. Sounds pretty simplistic, until I mention that my cowboy hat is magic, meaning that whenever I can't find an article of clothing I'm searching for in my 'clothing heap' or other lost items, I put on the hat and immediately it is found. This is especially useful because I seem to lose a lot of things on a regular basis."
Katie Mussman, Senior, Davis High School
"The most unique thing in my possession would be a friend's missionary name tags from the language training center where missionaries are taught different languages. They are written in another language (with a different alphabet.) It's cool to see how the different symbols translate to the English alphabet."
Amelia Varni, Sophomore, Central Catholic High School
"I wanted to decorate my room with a beach theme, so one day, my dad came home with a big surfboard for me. However, it was the inside of the surfboard, so it wasn't hard on the outside. It was almost like Styrofoam. I have plans to paint the surfboard and maybe get a hard covering on it, but for now, I use it as a bulletin board. I pin pictures of my friends and I on it. I also have a large piece of wood that I took from the set of 'Annie' at Sierra Repertory Theatre. It was my first professional theater production, so I saved it and kept it as a souvenir. The rest of the cast signed it for me, so although it is one of my most unusual possessions, it is also very special."
Daniel Lee, Junior, Modesto High School
"I have many. A collection of unworn tae kwon do white belts, a clicky pen that shocks people when pressed on, and a preserved piranha from the Amazon River, among many. What tops the list, though, is a pouch you can fill with water and place underneath your pants. A tube is connected to that sack that allows the water out. I bought it during the summer thinking it some party gag (which it is advertised as), but after reading something in a magazine, I found it rather to be a tool used by druggies to escape the urine-drug test. Hopefully, it will never come to that for me, but if ever the case arises, I'll be ready."
Michelle Vecchio, Senior, Whitmore Charter High School
"My most unusual possession would have to be the giant duct-tape ball I received as an award during one of my church's summer puppet tours. It's a tradition on the team that after every performance and summer tour, we collect all the duct tape we use to help keep our PVC pipe stage together, form it into a ball and give it to a member of the team that best demonstrated team work and a positive attitude. It's not quite an Oscar, but hey, who wants a gold little statue when you can have duct tape, right?"
Sasha Riddle, Junior, Beyer High School
"I had a tough time choosing between the five or so sombreros hiding somewhere in my closet and the overhead projector I once treasured back in the third grade. Though today the projector is relegated to the garage, when I was 8 and going through my 'I want to be a teacher when I grow up' stage, I could spend countless hours entertaining myself and my invisible class. I guess that is what you will wind up with if all you ask for on your eighth birthday is school supplies!"