Flying? Invisibility? The power to make baby brother do whatever you say? Mindworks participants talk about which super power they'd like to have.
Evan Griggs, 14 LAKE HARRIET SCHOOL MINNEAPOLIS If I could be a superhuman and could choose any two superpowers I wanted, I would choose to be able to talk in every language and to be able to mediate and resolve every problem or feud in the world. I would try to stop wars by hearing the reasons the war was being fought. Then I would try to solve the problem of the war by making a compromise. By stopping wars, you stop all of the innocent suffering and death that come with it and thus save even more people. My name would be A Good Citizen. . Kiara Nelson, 16 NORTH HIGH SCHOOL MINNEAPOLIS I wouldn't want to be a superhero. At first, I thought I would like to run fast, but then I thought, "How would that help people?" It could help, but I want to save the world. I want to feed the world and I want to stop the war. Wouldn't it be nice if we had everything we need? People wouldn't be cold in the streets, girls wouldn't have to sell their bodies or be found dead somewhere, but we can't have that. People are too crazy. You asked me what powers I would want to have. I choose none. Sure, I could have said, "Kill all the bad guys." I choose to save the world, but in my own way. . Aaron Leinonen, 17 ANNANDALE HIGH SCHOOL ANNANDALE, MINN. One day as I was traveling to the newly discovered planet Zircon, I noticed a colossal asteroid headed straight for Earth. I used my immense strength to ram into the asteroid and pulverize it. After I broke apart the asteroid, I noticed that now there were just a bunch of small asteroids headed for Earth. I used my super-strong lungs to blow the smaller pieces out of orbit. When I returned to Earth, I was given the title of Asteroid Buster and became an employee of the federal government. Now I watch for asteroids threatening the Earth and take them out. . Luke Jans, 14 BUFFALO COMMUNITY MIDDLE SCHOOL BUFFALO, MINN. The one thing you need more than all other superhuman powers is a good brain. If a superhero wasn't smart, how would they know how to use their powers? How would they know to use their powers for good and not evil? And of course, every superhero needs incredible strength. So my two choices would be knowledge and strength. With these powers I could complete everyday tasks with ease and help those in need. I would be proud of my powers and be glad to have the world know my true name, Luke Jans. . Matthew Elfstrand, 10 CARONDELET CATHOLIC SCHOOL MINNEAPOLIS If I could choose two superpowers, I would choose being a drainer and a time controller. Being a drainer means you can steal others' abilities. To control time means you can make time slow down, speed up and freeze. You can also go to the past and future. These two powers would be a good choice because if I forgot to do something, I could just go back in time and do it. My name would be the Unsuperman because I would unsuper others by stealing their powers. I would be able to grant favors to friends and allies and make bad people be put in prisons. And I would just keep collecting abilities and become the most powerful being ever. . Maggie Royce, 13 WATERTOWN-MAYER MIDDLE SCHOOL WATERTOWN I don't think you need superhuman powers like flying or laser vision to change the world and make it a better place. Like Batman, my ultimate superhero, I think love and the need for justice, peace, beauty and harmony are the only superhuman powers that someone needs to make a difference in the way the world runs. Having these powers could empower you to help others, change the environment and most of all make your community a peaceful and beautiful place. . Cassie Fennern, 12 SHAKOPEE JUNIOR HIGH SHAKOPEE If I had superhuman powers I would choose speed and invisibility. With speed I would run fast to where the trouble is and when I'm at my track meets I could win! I would go invisible when I'm sad or when I'm mad or when I'm in a fight with somebody. My name would be Invisaspeed Girl. . Travis Cleaveland, 17 ANNANDALE HIGH SCHOOL ANNANDALE, MINN. I wouldn't pick just one superpower. I would choose them all, which would make me the ultimate supervillain. Why be a superhero when I could be the ultimate bad guy? If I had all of these powers, I could take over the world. No superhero could stop me because every power is canceled out by another. I would be able to take the world over and nobody could stop me! . Aaron Nibbe, 12 TWIN BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL RED WING, MINN. I would choose flying and laser-beam vision. I would choose laser-beam vision because I could zap my sister and I could cut the lawn easier and when I'm playing baseball I could zap the baseball in half when I'm hitting, so the fielders wouldn't know which half to chase and throw in. The other power I would choose would be flying. I would choose flying because when I'm playing baseball I could fly up and catch the ball and I could fly to the moon and back in a minute and I could fly the mile. My name would be the Flying Laser. . Dylan Oxley, 14 CLEARWATER MIDDLE SCHOOL WACONIA I would like the ability to fly and to change my hands into hammers that could reach up to 20 feet. I would use my powers to take people to my secret lair so I could draw the superheroes there and have a superhuman battle. It would test my strength and make me stronger. I would be known as Hammer Hands, the supervillain, wreaking havoc on all superheroes. . Tres Wuerffel, 12 MARION W. SAVAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SAVAGE Thoughts of superpowers aren't part of the adult mind, but if you are an electrician who gets electrocuted, and metal is absorbed into your veins and supercharges every muscle, you might become a superhero, right? My powers would help me electrocute gangs, defend innocent people, prevent casualties and track drug chains. I could shoot lightning out of my fingertips and control the strength of the shock. I wouldn't try to fix the world; Minneapolis would be enough, jumping from building to building, chasing all sorts of things. If I jumped from a high altitude and punched the ground, an electric force field would spread for as long as I had a fist on the ground. Call me Sapphire Storm. . Tanya Meyer, 13 ST. FRANCIS MIDDLE SCHOOL ST. FRANCIS My superpower would be to make happiness fill the room every time I enter. I could make anybody happy. My quest would be to make the whole world happy and peaceful. My name would be Feliz Chica. It means "happy girl" in Spanish. My supercar would be covered with flowers and smiley faces. My superweapon would be a stapler that staples a smile on your face. With me as a superhero, the whole world would be happy. . Elizabeth Ness, 11 BENSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BENSON, MINN. I would pick crab claws so I could pinch my sister. Then I would want the ability to run fast so I could run away from her after I pinch her. My superhero name would be Pinchy. . Emily Caskey, 14 ST. HUBERT SCHOOL EDEN PRAIRIE I would choose the power to heal and the power to fly. Healing would be a very useful and helpful power. My sister is always sick. She has diabetes, brain cancer and autism and those are only a few of her health problems. It makes me sad to see her suffer, and it makes it difficult for our family to do fun things. If I were able to heal her every time she got sick, she wouldn't suffer as much and maybe she could live a more normal life. I would want to be able to fly because it would help me get around faster, so I could heal more people. My name would be the Soaring Kiwi. . Laura Aguas-Garcia, 13 BATTLE CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL ST. PAUL I would end all the wars in the world. I would take all the racist people and just throw all of them in a big, giant trash can. I would stop all of these new laws that are coming about the immigrants. I would make money come out of my hands so I can give it to those people in need. My name would be Superblue Girl. . Nolan Hopper, 11 PINE RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PINE RIVER, MINN. Strength, flight and speed are all classic powers, but I have my own ideas. My first power would be flight. I would use my flight to save people in mountains and other catastrophic problems. My second power would be healing. I would go around curing things other people can't cure. I also would cure minor injuries. My name would be Pilot because of my power of flight. It is a simple name and easy to remember. I would use my powers to help the world. . Mark Lower, 14 ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL ROCHESTER, MINN. If I had superhuman powers, they would be flight and the power I call phasing. Phasing enables you to go through solid matter. In other words, I could walk through walls. I would use these powers to gather intelligence for the United States government. Spying on criminals and terrorists would be easy if you could suddenly be in a vent shaft above a secret criminal meeting. My name would be Fade. . Kayla Orvis, 17 ONAMIA HIGH SCHOOL ONAMIA, MINN. The superhuman powers I would love to have are teleporting and super strength. Teleporting would save my family, friends and me a whole lot of gas. While teleporting, I cannot get into accidents, so it is completely safe. I would get a job at the airport, and when people miss their flight I could teleport them to where they need to go. Super strength would probably be just used to help other people because I never need to lift anything or move anything. When people go into the ditch during the winter I could just lift the car out and set them back on the road. . Toviya Slager, 7 TORAH ACADEMY ST. LOUIS PARK I'm called Super Alien. I can change ages of people. I can be tricky. I would use my powers to make bad people older and good old people young. When people want to hit, I trick them. . Samuel Carruth, 12 BENSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BENSON, MINN. I would want to fly because what kid doesn't, and I could see in the dark so I could rule in hide-and-seek in the dark. I would use my powers for good and fun. I would be called Ghost because in the night I could see you, but you can't see me. . SUMMER BREAK That's it for Mindworks this year; we'll spend the next couple of months working on next year's questions and format. Teachers, students and home-schoolers can keep checking www.startribune.com/mindworks for updates and information on ordering next year's posters and bookmarks. Have a great summer!