I run into people in technology who were on their high school (and college) newspapers in various capacities all the time, and it amuses me greatly. (I was EIC.)
If anything correlates, it was that the newspaper kept me chained to the computer lab for hours and hours — far more than all my friends and probably than any other elective would have provided for. Just like Hunter mentions, it also got me experimenting with PageMaker and, later, InDesign.
Do you think your newspaper got you into tech?