The Interview

Hey there Jerry!
As you know, the election is upon us. In only three days One-Room will hold its presidential debate between Caroline Barley and Stephen Bergquist. So for this weeks blog I am interviewing presidential candidate, Mr. Stephen Bergquist.
I will be asking questions concerning some of One-Rooms issues.

Hello Mr. Bergquist. How are you doing tonight?

I am very well. How are you?

I’m fine, thanks. Just want to start by saying thank you for your willingness to be here.

The pleasure is mine.

Let’s begin with our questions. In the past three years of attending One-Room, what,in your opinion, has been an ongoing issue?

I feel like One-Room students are suffering from short break times. Many aren’t even able to finish their food let alone get it in the microwave. Even if we were to increase break time by five minutes, that short amount would give students the extra time that they need to prepare their food.

There has been a lot of talk about Math Mammoth in the class. What is your take on it?

I took math mammoth last year and it had its ups and downs. I can relate to those who are opposed to it.

In this case do you think majority rules or that the teachers should continue with the curriculum? 

I believe that the teacher have the overall say in the matter but at the sane time they should take into consideration what the students have to say about the curriculum. For instance, if many of the students taking the curriculum feel like they are not preforming as well as they could or are struggling with the curriculum, the teachers should reconsider using that curriculum.

Because we are running out of time, I have one more question for you. Are you ready for this weeks debate? 

Yes. I am entering this week confident that my running mate and I will preform well in the debate.

Thank you for your time. 

^the end^

Well that’s that’s Jerry. I personally have a lot more to say about Math Mammoth (so does Julia…) in particularity but that’s another blog for another day.

Until next time, VP candidate Rebekah





My Interview… with Rebekah

Hey Jerry!

This week we’ve been assigned to interview someone influential in our lives and blog about it. I was going to interview you, Jerry, but I didn’t get any responses… So instead, I chose my sister Rebekah. Here it is:

Why do you think I chose to interview you as my influential person?

“Because you’re cheap and I’m available and you just want to get the assignment done. But deep, down inside, you really do think I am an influential person.”

Can you expound on that?

“Gladly. I am an influential person because I am your only friend. I can always give you wise counsel when you need it, inform you when you’re being dumb and make fun of you for all the things we make fun of you for… like your embarrassingly pale thighs. And I bet that little two year old Stephen, lit up so brightly the day they brought baby me home. From that moment on, he knew he would never truly be alone. He would always have a friend and someone’s pillow to cry on (inside joke).”

You, being an athlete, must deal with the nerves that come before a game. How do you handle them, and do you have any pre-game rituals to help ease you before then?

“What nerves. I don’t get nervous, unlike you who gets nervous over everything. I don’t really have any rituals, I’m already focused and ready to win.

I realize you love food quite a bit. How would you describe your relationship with food?

“We’ve been madly in love for 15 years. Everyday my fondness of it grows stronger and stronger. We plan on spending the rest of our lives together.”

As you can see, the interview was quite unusual. From her making fun of me, to confessing her passionate love towards food, it had its ups and downs. It was very amusing to hear her responses. Though I still wish I could’ve interviewed you, Jerry.  As much as I would’ve enjoyed that, I still had fun.

Until next time.





Dear Jerry,

My job this week was to interview an influential person in my life and to write a blog about them and my interview. The person I chose to interview was my five year old nephew Jay. Let me start by telling you how he is influential to me. Jay influences a lot of what I do. He is an influence in the way I talk, the way I act and even the way I think. Here are some questions that I asked Jay during my interview.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“I want to be a circus man that does tricks like magic tricks.”

Jay influences the way I think about my future. He does this in the way that I see what he wants to do and I see the possibilities for him. He doesn’t think about how hard it will be or the chances that, that’s what he will actually be when he grows up. He just knows what he wants to do and he believes he can. I think we could all learn a lesson from this. Here is another question I asked him.

What is something you should always do?
“You should always obey. Do the right thing.”

Jay influences me in the way that he is unquestioning about what the right things to do are. If I do something wrong Jay will sometimes call me out on it and tell me that what I did was wrong. Jay is a big influence on my life in the way that he makes me more aware of what I say and what I do. Now I’m going to finish off my blog with a few other questions I asked him and his answers.

Should you obey police officers?
“Yes, because God made them to stop bad guys.”

Should you obey your parents?
“Yes, you should always obey your parents because that’s what the Lord tells you.”

Should you be brave and try new things?
“Yes, because the lord tried to make you like that and you should try new things even if your scared.”

I hope this blog was enlightening and enjoyable I’ll talk to you later Jerry. Your bud



Hey Jerry.

So, this week’s assignment is to interview an influential person in my life. To be honest, I rolled my eyes when I saw this topic on my schedule. I was at a loss in the beginning. Then I figured I could quickly go to my dad for a few jokes and be done with it. But I ended up getting more than I expected.

My dad has had his fair share of experiences in this world, probably more than most. As we were talking, he began to tell me about some of the highlights of his early days. This old Wisconsin native started his own California beer company in 1988 that was published in Surfing Magazine. He’s had a poem that he wrote on the Berlin Wall published back in the day. Then he went to law school and was a prosecutor. Then eventually he started his own granite business that he sold in 2005. He’s done a lot in his 50+ years of life – a lot more than I can list here. Ever since I could remember, my dad has always been full of advice. With that in mind, I asked him if he had any advice to give regarding success in life and business.

What’s some advice you could give to a young person looking to be successful?

“I would say, position yourself to be ready to take advantage of opportunity. For some people that’s just working and saving money, and for others it’s going to school and learning something. But opportunities present themselves all the time. If you haven’t saved your money or taken the time to get experience, you won’t be able to take advantage of opportunities.”

Is there anything you think someone could do to be a successful entrepreneur?

“Yes, I would say to always be a ‘learner’. [That is to say,] learn from your mistakes and learn about opportunity. If you’re a learner, you’ll generally be open to new things.”

As he continued to tell me some more stories, he mentioned his regret for carelessly passing up opportunities when he was young. He said, “There are opportunities everywhere. When I was young, I wish I would have taken advantage of them.” He emphasized how he wouldn’t want anyone to make that same mistake. “You gotta be a learner. That is what characterizes someone as being successful.”
This was basically our stopping point, because he was on the verge of falling asleep. So yeah. Underneath all of the lame jokes and movie quotes, he’s pretty smart. I guess. :b Hope some of our readers found his advice helpful.

Talk to you soon, probably.

-Hannah M.

There’s 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it so the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it . . .

Hey there Jerry sorry for the late update on my life but I’ve been a bit preoccupied for the last week or so. Now the question for this week is what I do with my spare time outside of school. So what do I do? Well there’s a lot to talk about if you really want to know. However instead of me explaining everything I’ll just give you some basic outline towards what I do during my spare time.

To start off I’ll say I like to use basic objects and run them into props for some stuff I’ve got planned in the near future. Like I took some water bottles and spray painted them black and then I took a rag got it wet with some silver spray paint and then I rubbed it against the bottle to give it a sci fi look. I also made a few lightsaber props for a youtube series I’m planning. I have also been pouring hours of my weeks into a high school halloween party on October thirty first trying to invite people while also planning out what events will be done during the party time. Along with all of that I am also trying to start my own lawn service business. I am writing some scripts for some movies that I will be making soon I occasionally draw more perspective than other things. I’m writing songs for a band that I would like to get put together. I am just overwhelming myself with things that I both have to do and want to do. By no means is this easy in any way and yet I still have the strange ability to juggle all of this without getting super stressed out over life it’s self. And the funny thing is that I don’t think any of that stuff is what keeps me up at night I think it’s something else and I might just know what it is . . .

A Day in the Life of Stephen

Hey Jerry!

I’m quite happy to see that my last blog post actually made it up! It’s a relief to know you were able to see it. I might not have an issue with blogs this year after all. With that being said, I can now tell you a little about my life and what I do outside of school. You’ll find it is very different from your easy going, motionless, lifeless, lifestyle.

When I’m not at school, you’ll almost always find me at a sports practice. Whether it’s football, soccer, or baseball, that’s where I’ll most likely be. Right now it’s football season, which means morning practices. In the past our team only had morning practices on Thursdays, but this season we have them on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. This means I must get up at 4:35 AM, and go to practice. Then I rush home, shower, get ready and come to school. On all the other days of the week practices are in the afternoon, except Friday and Saturday. We don’t have practice Friday because, as we all well know, it’s game day. Saturday practices are in the morning and are light because we just watch film from our game the day before and weight lift.

I also have a job… somewhat. I worked with a window washing company and would wash in the morning on Mondays and Fridays. Due to not having enough time for homework, I had to “quit” the job. I didn’t actually quit the job though. I now only work whenever I’m able to. I also mow two of my neighbor’s lawns on Saturday after football practice.

So, what do I do when I’m actually free? I’m usually just doing homework. If I’m ever free and not doing homework, I’m definitely sleeping! “But what if you’re not sleeping?” I hear you ask. Well, on the very rare occasion that I am not at practice, not doing homework, and not sleeping, I’m probably reading, playing with my siblings or just doing absolutely nothing.

As you can see, my life is pretty crazy! I sometimes envy your life of nothing, Jerry. Just laying around all day watching the people of One Room. I can’t complain though. I’m okay with my busy schedule because it helps me learn good time management and responsibility.

Until Next Time.

-Stephen Bergquist


what is my life even

Hey, Jerry.

I apologize in advance for the quality of my writing this time around. I typed this during the late hours of the night. You may be wondering why I wrote this at such a ridiculous time. Well, I kinda sorta forgot that I was assigned this until the very last minute. Oops. I don’t really feel like getting a lower grade by not posting anything, so here it is. [#RIPHannahsSleepCycle2016] Side note: Yes, I am aware that the title is lame. Deal with it.

Anyway. The topic for this week is explaining what I do in my spare time. Apparently we are supposed to have a life outside of school. Weird, right? As I’ve said before, my life isn’t the most exciting, especially at this point in time. Most of the few friends that I still have [somehow] are currently gone, so I don’t have much in terms of a social life. At all. Plus, as cliche as this excuse is, school and work have really been eating away at my time. I guess that means having a nonexistent social life is a good thing right now? I have no idea. All I know is, whining about life does not count as a blog post. So. What do I regularly do to waste my free time? The short answer is, not too much. But I will explain.

When I’m not tolerating impatient customers at work or trying not to drown in schoolwork, I can be found in my lair plotting world domination. Then when I get bored of that, I usually go browse YouTube and Netflix. But I won’t recommend any of my shows to you, since this is a school blog. :b I find great amusement in watching cringe-worthy movies and engaging in heated discussions about tv shows with my friends. Except they’re gone, so yeah. Debating the future of the Marvel MCU is another amusement of mine lately. I also dabble in the realm of cosplay and crafting, although I’ve lost some motivation because of (you guessed it) school. But my creativity isn’t dead yet, I know it will soon return with a passion.

That’s pretty much all I have going for me as of this moment. I may not be accomplishing much with my life compared to my friends, who are doing everything from finishing USMC boot camp, to winning mock trial tournaments, to exploring the field of medicine. But I know my time will come soon. I have plenty of exciting plans for my future and I can’t wait until the day I can finally reach my full potential.

Talk to you soon, probably.


-Hannah M.

New Year. New Blogs?

Hey Jerry!

As you can probably tell from the steady flow of new blogs being posted, a new school year has begun. I feel like everyone is excited about it and ready for the year. Though we may not be ecstatic about the blog (as usual), you will still be provided with plenty of good blogs to keep you entertained. As for me, I’m happy about blogging this year, but there’s one question, “Will anyody even get to see my new blog posts?” This is the one thing that makes me dislike the blog. So, instead of taking this part of the blog to talk about myself or something that happened during one of the first days of school, I’m going to address the issues which have prevented me from posting my blogs in the past.

In recent years this system has been plagued with problems. Whether it’s WordPress, the way my blog’s posted, or my computer, something is definitely wrong. I would type up my blog, post it, check to see if it was posted, and never see it again. No matter where I looked, it could not be found. Now, I know you may be saying, “It’s probably just your own fault.” I have checked everything on my end and I didn’t find a single thing. It’s a problem somewhere else, but since I can’t find it, I’ll just have to pray I don’t encounter it this year. The last thing I want is for you and all the people of the internet to not be able to see my blog posts. I will always try my best to get it posted but if this problem occurs again, here’s my apology in advance.

What a way to use my introductory blog… but, at least you know what happened if they do disappear. Even though there’s a chance my blog posts will slip far off into the deep web (or wherever they go), I will still blog for you; whether you’re able to see them or not.

-Stephen Bergquist


My(a’s) Life

Dear Jerry,

Today I will be telling you about what I do in my free time, when I have it.

I am usually doing school but when I have time I relax. I am not really into reading so I prefer to watch tv with some friends and junk food, whether that be at the movie theatre or at one of my friends houses in our onesies. The movies we watch are actually normally tv shows like Criminal Minds or Forensic Files, ya know the norm for teenage girls.  Also a teenager can NEVER get enough sleep, especially this teenager, so if I have time I take naps, or sleep in late. I could sleep whenever, wherever… it’s a gift I have, I am just always tired.  Soon basketball will be starting and I will be using my free time for the opposite of sleeping, working out and training. Although it sucks in the moment, it makes being on the court a heck of a lot easier. I work Tuesday nights, and sometimes up to four days a week. I babysit for a family at the church with two sweet boys, Keanu and Kekoa. I love working there but needless to say the late night makes it hard to get up for school the next day. Again, I love sleep. Lately i have been going to my brothers band Rise Beyond band practice which is really fun, I enjoy their music. Plus the band members are my friends so it is fun to hang out there too.

Well Jerry I hope this caught you up on my life as of right now.

I will not accept defeat!

Dear Jerry,
You might have heard about a tuna argument that occurred during school last week… Let me assure you, I will not accept defeat! Even though I am the only one who knows the right way to make a tuna sandwich I am always looking out for someone to join me and have the best tuna sandwhiches ever!I went home and asked my family and my sister agrees that I know the correct way to make a tuna sandwhich. What can I say? Sisters rock! But now I must talk about my actual topic. My topic this week is what do I enjoy doing outside of school? Well let’s start by saying that the #1 thing I enjoy doing right now is hanging out with my friends and holding my couple week old puppies.The puppies are so adorable and adding some quality time with my friends on top of that is just the perfect combination. I also enjoy doing all kinds of other stuff besides school. I like to bowl (even though I’m terrible). I like to run,play basketball,hangout, and go on adventures.I also enjoy watching TV (who doesn’t?) and my new obsession is forensic files. Now you may be wondering, “what is forensic files?” I will tell you. Forensic files is a show where they take real life murder cases and solve them using forensic evidence.Pretty cool right? I also enjoy going to the library on a regular basis.I love all the books and the environment it is just so much fun.I enjoy going to the bookstore and going to coffee shops. I love hanging out with my nephew and taking him on adventures like to the library,the book store,the park,and exploring our city. Another thing I really enjoy is going to an annual tractor show called flywheelers there is so much cool stuff there and not just tractors. They have all kinds of delicious food like elephant ears, boiled peanuts,icees and so much more.So there’s another glimpse into what I like until next time your bud,