Monday, November 23, 2015

An Interview with Marc Mero

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An Interview with Marc Mero
By: Nicholas Isaacs
Born in Buffalo, New York, Marc Mero was a great athlete from an early age. He was a hockey MVP, played on a New York state championship football team, and won 4 New York State Boxing Titles, including the Golden Gloves. But the world got to know him when in 1991, legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes signed him to WCW as “Johnny B. Bad.” He was PWI’s Rookie of the year, and would win the WCW World Television Championship 3 times. In 1996, he jumped to the WWF (now WWE) and wrestled under his own name, “Wildman” Marc Mero, winning the Intercontinental Champion. He retired from in ring competition in 2006, and opened his own training institute in Florida, and the following year, began making appearances at schools lecturing on the dangers of drug abuse and bullying.I was lucky to have dinner with Marc before his October 28th Island Trees presentation and he was kind enough to answer my questions.

Q: Who were your heroes when you were growing up?

A: I guess like most young boys, my heroes were sports stars. I loved watching hockey players, like Wayne Gretzky, and basketball stars, like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Q: What wrestling match/ feud was your favorite?

A: I had a couple that I really enjoyed. My favorites were with Diamond Dallas Page, and then with Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Q: During your presentation, you offer to keep in contact and answer emails from students. How many emails do you get from students?

A:Depending on how big the school is it varies, usually anywhere from 50 to 200 messages from students.

Q: How many schools have you visited so far?

A: I have been presenting for 9 years and have had over 1,500 events.

Q: Were you more nervous about your first wrestling match or first speech?

A: LOL! Much more nervous walking out in front of students!

Q: In the beginning of your presentation, you joked about becoming a future senator.Were you serious about running for public office?

A: I never say never! Life is about reinventing yourself. Maybe that’s the next big thing I do!

Q: What other goals are still ahead of you?

A: I hope there will be a movie on my life story. They have sent me 2 scripts and I have turned them both down. I want it to be true to my story.

Q: Who would you like to play you in the movie?

A: I was thinking Mark Wahlberg.

Q: I read your first book “How to be the happiest person on the planet.” Any new books in the works?  

A:Yes, I need to get going on a new book!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake

No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake
By: Hayley Peck

Crust: 24 Oreo Cookies and 5 tbsp melted Butter
24 oz softened Cream Cheese
8 oz Whipped Topping (like Cool Whip)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
30 Reese’s Miniatures cut in quarters


Put cut Reese’s cups in freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
Crush Oreos in food processor and add melted butter.
Press mixture into bottom and partway up sides of springform pan.
Refrigerate at least 30 minutes to firm.
Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and peanut butter until well mixed.
Fold in whipped topping until uniformly blended.
Fold in half of frozen Reese’s.
Pour/spread into pan and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm.
Remove from springform pan and top with remaining Reese’s.

You can also drizzle with chocolate syrup if desired.

Mrs. Nieves - Teacher Interview

Teacher Interview With Mrs. Nieves
By: Kristi Denninger & Thomas Hennessy

Mrs. Nieves was one of my favorite teachers. She believes in all her students.  As a teacher she is wonderful and one of the best and she is an even better person. -Kristi

Mrs.Nieves was also one of my favorite teachers, too. She was the one who made me more interested in learning and joining the National Junior Honor Society. -Thomas

Question: When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?
Answer: “I wanted to become a teacher in 3rd grade when my teacher gave us homework on the weekend. The question was what do you want to be when you grow up and because I was mad, I said a teacher.”  

Question: How long have you been teaching for?
Answer: “Too long. Since 1984.”

Question: How long have you been doing National Junior Honor Society?
Answer: “Me and Mrs. Harouche have been doing it for about 7 years.”

Question: What would you say to kids who wanna join NJHS?
Answer: “Work hard. Join school clubs. Be respectful, kind, and considerate. It’s not just grades, it’s about who you are.”

Question: What is your favorite subject to teach kids?
Answer: “Social studies, because I love learning about our country and our world but mostly about our country.”

Question: Would you open up your book club to the whole school?
Answer: “I would consider it if enough kids showed interest in it.”

Thanks for reading our teacher interview with Mrs. Nieves. Tune in next time for the next teacher interview!

Three Ingredient Peppermint Oreo Fudge

Three Ingredient Peppermint Oreo Fudge

By: Hayley Peck

Prep time

5 mins

Cook time

5 mins

Total time

10 mins

  • 12 oz container peppermint frosting (or add 2 tsp peppermint extract to 12 oz vanilla frosting)
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup finely crushed Candy Cane Oreo Minis or Peppermint Oreos
  • 1 cup roughly chopped Candy Cane Oreo Minis or Peppermint Oreos

  1. Line a 9x9 inch pan with foil and grease with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave.
  3. Add peppermint frosting and finely crushed Oreos. Mix together.
  4. Spread into the prepared pan.
  5. Top with roughly chopped Oreo and gently press them into the fudge.
  6. Place in the fridge to cool and set.
  7. Lift fudge from pan until the foil. Gently peel the foil from the fudge and cut into squares.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Batman vs Iron Man Dc Vs. Marvel By David McKinney Jr.

Batman vs Iron Man
Dc Vs. Marvel By David McKinney Jr.

This story is a fictional continuation of “Batman Vs. Superman” the movie.

What you are about to see comes from the ending (My ending) of Batman vs Superman.

Chapter One:
“I watched as Gotham fell in flames. I can’t believe I lost to him. Many did not think I could win, and I didn’t. I only survived…” Batman said.

Just then, Superman flew over the sky. Batman grinned dryly and walked off, controlling his anger.

Five years later, Gotham repaired, and Bruce Wayne healed.

“Alfred look at this...” Bruce said.

“What is it, sir?” Alfred asked. A giant building with the name STARK on it appeared on the screen.

“There’s my REAL competition. Not Superman, but that STARK guy. I’ll head over and ‘talk’ to him.” Bruce said.

“Please don't start a war, sir, we can't afford to pay the damages for Batman's misbehavior,” Alfred begged.
“Don’t worry, I won’t do a thing. It’s him you have to worry about,” Batman comforted.

A few hours later Batman had flew into STARK tower with the Batwing.

“Who are you?” Tony Stark asked.

“I'm Batman.” Batman said.

Chapter two:
Iron man followed Batman. Batman saw him, and blasted a ray gun from the Batwing. Iron man was hit and shot to the ground. While falling, he shot a tracking device at the Batwing. Iron man won that round, and lost at the same time.

“I will come back, and you will be sorry for messing with all of STARK you fool!” Iron man yelled.

Batman looked at his map and realized that there was tracking device, and that the tracking device WAS CONTROLLING THE BATWING! He flew at the batcave at 300 mph and nearly blew up the whole place.

“He will pay, this does mean war,” Batman said.

Just then, Alfred ran in, looking furious also with those “I told you so” eyes.
“What happened? You just started a war, didn't you??!!” Alfred asked.

“Of course, revenge…” Batman said.

“Revenge for WHAT???” Alfred asked.
Batman just looked at him for a moment, then walked away.

This would not be good...

Horoscope Column #1: Western Astrology By Hayley Peck and Sheryl Lin

Horoscope Column #1: Western Astrology
By Hayley Peck and Sheryl Lin

Hello, people of Island Trees! This is the Bulldog Jr. Newspaper’s Horoscope column, where you’ll get to find out about all types of zodiacs and future prediction methods. To give a general idea of what exactly horoscopes are, they’re forecasts of a person’s future or personality based on the positions of the stars at their birth. This column will deal with horoscopes and zodiacs, as well as other life-predicting methods.

The first zodiac you’ll probably think of is the classic Western Zodiac. There are twelve signs, all with certain personalities and character traits. Your sign is determined by your date of birth. Here is a chart with all the basic personalities and birthdates of the Western Zodiac!

Next, here is Hayley’s part of the post:

The Signs as Ice Cream Flavors (by Hayley Peck)
Aries: Rocky Road
Taurus: Mint Chocolate Chip
Gemini: Cookies and Cream
Cancer: Butter Pecan
Leo: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Virgo: Pistachio
Libra: Neapolitan
Scorpio: Toffee
Sagittarius: Strawberry
Capricorn: Chocolate
Aquarius: Blue Moon
Pisces: Vanilla

Do you match your zodiac? Next up: the Chinese Zodiac!

Mt. Everest by Tiffany Nieves

by Tiffany Nieves

Mount Everest - the tallest mountain in the world at an elevation of 29,029 feet. The first ascent or expedition was May 29, 1953. Since the mountain is very high just to get to the summit you need a oxygen tank. When you reach Camp 4 you receive the tanks, and when you are up there ten breaths only feel enough for one breath. The first people to even reach the summit are Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. Here are some facts about Everest. Around 4,000 people have tried to climb it, it it is located in the Himalayan province, it is 60 million years old, and it is also called “The Mother Goddess of Earth”. Mount Everest was formed by the movement of the Indian tectonic plate pushing up against the Asian plate, which made it so tall. Weather facts about it are: the wind can reach up to 200 mph and the temp can be as low as -80 degrees Fahrenheit. The history: in 1865 Mount Everest was named after Sir George Everest as he is the one who found the mountain after a British expedition in 1841. The youngest person to climb Everest was Jorden Romero at age 13 when he reached the summit and the first female to reach the summit was Junko Tabei.

POP CULTURE with Hayley Peck And Kristi Denninger #1

POP CULTURE with Hayley Peck And Kristi Denninger #1

Hello and welcome to our first pop culture post. We will talk about what is going on in the pop culture world like music, celebrities, popular books, fashion, and any other popular thing in the world.

Let's talk about music

The first band we’ve got is:

5 Seconds of Summer       

The band 5 Seconds of Summer just released new songs including “Money“, “Jet Black Heart”, and “Fly Away“. Their new album came out October 23rd. Make sure you get the album soon if you in the 5SOS fam.

Next We Have Fashion This Fall
We are seeing a lot of flannels this fall. Flannels are very big this year and personally I think they are very cute too. Chokers are trending too.

“The Hunger Games Part 2” is coming out November 20th.  
“The Peanuts Movie” is coming out on November 6th.

Popular Books

“The Outsider” by S.E. Hinton is a pretty popular book with students and teachers - and it’s a movie too.

And that is all for today. We hope you like our first post and have a good week Island Trees.

-Hayley Peck and Kristi Denninger

This Month in History: October

This Month in History: October
By Nicholas Isaacs

October is filled with many amazing historical dates. Here are ten of those historic dates. On October 1st, 1908, Henry Ford released the first Model T Ford on the market. This revolutionized transportation all over the world. October 2nd, 1935, is the date that Italian troops successfully invaded and overthrew Abyssinia. The country wouldn’t be freed until 1941, when British troops were able to defeat Italy. Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, on October 3, 1863. Lincoln also was the first President to pardon a Thanksgiving turkey. The turkey’s name was Jack.

The British Parliament, on October 7th, 1765, issued the infamous Stamp Act on New York City, angering the colonists. In Chicago, on October 8th, 1871, legend says a farm cow kicked over a lantern, which started a fire, which would soon turn into one of the most devastating fires in American history, the Great Chicago Fire. It lasted twenty five hours and killed 300. On October 11th, 1939, famous scientist Albert Einstein warned President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the threat of the Nazis creating a nuclear bomb. This sparked the idea of the Manhattan Project, which would develop the first nuclear bomb here in America. Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas, not America, on October 12th, 1492.

George Washington laid the cornerstone of the White House on October 13th, 1792. It remains missing to this day. On October 15th, 1815, Napoleon's troops lost the historic battle of Waterloo. But, the battle didn’t actually occur in Waterloo. It happened in a town four miles away. JFK informed America of the existence of nuclear missiles in Cuba on October 22nd, 1962. This was the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The historic New York City Subway started for the first time on October 27th, 1904.

You thought we were done? Well don’t forget birthdays! There were a lot of extraordinary people born in the month of October. President Jimmy Carter, our 39th president and Nobel prize winner, was born on October 1st, 1924. Mohandas Gandhi, the famous non-violent Indian protester, was born on October 2nd, 1869. President Rutherford B. Hayes, our 16th president, was born on October 4th, 1822. President Chester A. Arthur, our 21st president, was born on October 5th, 1830. Robert Goddard, the first man to launch a liquid fueled rocket was born on October 5th, 1882. John Lennon, the famous lead singer for the Beatles, was born on October 9th, 1940.

Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President FDR and human rights activist, was born on October 11th, 1884. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th president and the planner of D-day, was born on October 14th, 1890. Pablo Picasso, a famous artist, was born on October 25th, 1881. President Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president and one of our greatest presidents was born on October 27th, 1858. Dr. Jonas Salk, the famous doctor that created the polio vaccine, was born on October 28th, 1914. Bill Gates, the creator of Microsoft which is one of the biggest software companies in the world, was born on October 28th, 1955. Last but definitely not least, John Adams, our second president, a founding father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the creator of the U.S. Navy, was born on October 30th, 1735.

Stay tuned for the next installment of “This Month in History”.