Question of the Week

E.J. Plata,

Senior, Archway Academy

"I'm not sure if you would call it a superpower, but it is definitely a power. It is attainable by each and every one of us if we choose. I see it every day and everywhere. It is the power to move something inside people. Whether it be through film, music, animals, dancing or even something as simple as a sunny day. Personally, music moves me the most. Just lying on my bed, thinking about nothing but the soft sound of the notes. Listening to nothing but the lyrics and dissecting each word and its meaning. Music does something unexplainable for me. There are so many wonderful artists out there who move me. They have that power to move me and to somehow change me. That's exactly what I want to do for people, too."

Katie Mussman,

Senior, Davis High School

"I would like the ability to read minds because I would be able to better understand people and hopefully be able to empathize better. On the downside, there might be things I wouldn't want to know. It might be disturbing or even painful at times to know the 'brutal truth,' particularly when others' thoughts concerned me."

Michelle Vecchio, Senior,

Whitmore Charter High School

"Had you asked me this question a few days ago, I probably would have responded that my superpower of choice would be to fly. Last weekend, however, I was introduced to the TV show 'Heroes' while traveling to a winter retreat with my youth group, and after seeing a few episodes of the show, I have been converted. As amazing as the power to fly would be, I now have to say that if I could choose any superpower, I would choose the power to stop time like the Japanese character in 'Heroes.' Who knows, maybe I could even carry a sword ... "

Kelly Musca,

Junior, Modesto High School

"If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to read minds. Mel Gibson seems pretty well off in 'What Women Want' and he's only able to know what women are thinking. If I knew what everyone was thinking, I'd have it made."

Victoria Pardini,

Sophomore, Modesto High School

"Well, because I'm a die-hard 'Heroes' fan, I've given a lot of thought to this question already. I've narrowed it down to three options: flight, rapid muscle memory and a force-field/indestructibility type power. Flight, because it's probably the coolest way to travel, rapid muscle memory because it would come in especially handy for dance and music, and, well, because I rarely find myself in near-death situations, I'm not sure why I'd want a force-field power, other than that while I ponder what superpowers I'd like, I also dream up scenarios in which I duel with intimidating counterparts."

Tyler Robertson,

Modesto High School, Sophomore

"I would have to say that if I could pick any superpower, it would have to be mind control. I have always wanted to get into people's heads and reveal what they are really thinking, because the human facade can be so misleading. I think mind control would have other wonderful bonuses, like the ability to control my homework load via the teacher, or cancel a final and instead give extra credit to all deserving students. Or get my friend with the afro to start dancing and singing to 'Thriller' during English. Mrs. Castellani would not be thrilled, but it would be entertaining nevertheless."

Amelia Varni, Sophomore,

Central Catholic High School

"If I could have any superpower, I would choose to grant wishes, like a genie. This way, I could make anyone's dreams come true -- even my own."

James McIntyre, 8th Grade,

Oakdale Junior High School

"I think that it would be awesome to have the Flash's power, superspeed. It would definitely help boost my P.E. grade, which would be good because I do not really fit in the category of 'freakish athletically powerful students' (FAPS, as I call them). It definitely would not be as annoying as invisibility, with balls and birds running into you, etc. It would make me one of the FAPS, but that's something I can live with."

Sasha Riddle,

Junior, Beyer High School

"I would most definitely want a power where I could travel at the speed of light to anywhere at any time! Say I had a project due in a few hours on Thomas Jefferson ... 'BAM!; and two seconds later I am at his house in Monticello! (Not that I would want to waste my power on homework assignments, but it would come in handy) More realistically, say I was in the mood for some Italian food and a gondola ride ... 'BAM!; and I am in Venice! This is actually kind of depressing me."

Cathleen Cardoza,

Junior, Hughson High School

"If I could have any superpower, I would like to be able to transform into different types of animals. With that power, I could fly, run superfast, be really strong all depending on which animal I transformed into."

Ryan Koehn,

Sophomore, Downey High School

"If I could have any superpower at all, it would be the power to take other people's superpowers. That way, I would have them all, or at least the ones I wanted. It's basically the only power you could ever possibly need. Although, with that ability, I'd probably end up being a supervillain or something. Ah, well, what can you do?"

Emily Shrader,

Sophomore, Enochs High School

"The ability to pass math class without ever having to take tests! Or ... read minds! When I was a little kid, I always wished I could know what people were thinking. Are they really listening to what I'm saying or are they thinking about how superhot their boyfriend is? Did they really think my joke was funny or do they think I'm a total and complete idiot and are laughing because I'm such a dork? OK, so it can't save lives or anything, but it would be funny to get inside their heads and know their every thought. That actually sounds kind of creepy if you think about it."