Middle school - that's super cute! You should just buy a rangefinder like the Canon QL17. Pretty cheap, 40 1.7 and it's sharpest wide open. RF are really hip right now, so by the time you get to high school you can tell all the kids what's up and steal their girls.
LOL, and may I ask how do you know this? ;^)
By the way, are you any good with photoshop by any chance?
Maybe I would be, if I could afford it! I'm not crazy about PP, but a lot of people say I'm very good at it. But one of my friends has pirated CS4, but doesn't know how to use it, so I usually show him how. I'm good with computers, so it doesn't take long for me to figure out anything.