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From The Fifth Grade Chef: A Quick and Easy After-School Recipe

By Aubrey Maher, staff writer

When you get home from a long day of school, you want to eat a big plate of food. Most of the time when you get home, there is not an adult. Usually, when there is not an adult home you tend to go for the chips. That is not such a good idea. They are not healthy and some contain chemicals like sodium bisulfate, a substance that is also put in toilet cleaners! Now those chips don’t sound so yummy!

In this series of articles, I will give you some quick and healthy after-school alternatives designed for kids who are allowed to cook. If you do not have much experience in the kitchen you should always have adult supervision.   

Rice and Beans

The ingredients that you will need are:

  • white rice (pre-made – 2 cups)
  • black beans (canned – 10 ounces)
  • salsa  (you can use any kind of salsa – 1/2 cup)
  • onion powder (1 teaspoon)
  • garlic powder ( 1 tablespoon)  
  • vegetable stock (¼ cup) 
  • vegetable oil (2 tablespoons)                 

                                                                                                                

Put the oil in your pan and put it on medium heat. Then add vegetable stock, onion, and garlic powder while stirring. When it starts to bubble, add salsa and set with a lid for two minutes. Next, add the beans and mix for two minutes. Make rice according to the directions. Add in and mix.  After you mix, let cool. Now you can eat! Enjoy!

Joker: A Review

By Henry DiZefalo, staff writer

“All my life I thought I was a tragedy. Now I know I’m a comedy.” 

Joker was by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing performance. He lost 52 pounds for the role.  Another famous actor who had a big role was Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin. This movie was the first of its kind and was not a remake. It’s about how Arthur Franklin became the criminal mastermind, the Joker, Batman’s arch-nemesis. It shows how his life in Gotham City affected the way he treated other people. Arthur found out things about his childhood that changed him forever and made him evil. 

I liked how it showed how he had such a sad life and how he wasn’t really that bad of a person. He was really just misunderstood. He became a villain because he was mad about a lot of things. I didn’t like that it was so violent because in some scenes it was overly graphic. I saw the movie with my grandpa and he loved it but agreed with me it was too violent. 

I would recommend it to kids who are mature enough to understand the plot. It was rated R. I would give this movie 5 stars because it had a great plot twist at the end and it was the best performance of the Joker I’ve ever seen.

Cheer Team Reaches New Heights at MCAL

By Emely Hernandez Aparicio and Emely Herrera Montoya, guest reporters.

“Woohoo!” roared the crowd.

This year’s 2019 Cheerleading Exhibition was a success for the BBES Cheerleaders. This year, only seven schools participated in the MCAL Cheering Exhibition: Antrim, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Manasquan High School, Neptune, and St.Catharine’s. We had four captains: Audra Lowe, Alexandra Zarate, Heidi Ruiz, and Roselyn Herrera. It took Mrs. Morder one and a half months to choreograph the dance. Read more

Is TikTok Here to Stay?

By Angelina Cortina

“Hit or miss. I guess they never miss huh?”

TikTok is the new Musical.ly that we all remember from 2014. And if you don’t remember it, here is a little refresher: It is an app that allows you to make short videos, usually weird lip syncs, and other fun things. TikTok bought musically from Lu Yu Yang and Alex Zhu in August first of 2018. ByteDance (the company that owns these apps) merged the two apps but is keeping the Musical.ly layout but the Tik Tok name. Read more

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