Meet The Team

16195365_10210126904061463_2528511742171603780_nMachelle Noel M.Ed| Founder, Managing Editor & Host
B.S | Business & Minor Theater| SDSU
M.A | Education Technology (Digital Media Arts)| SDSU
Machelle Noel (emphasis on the El) was born in New York City and later raised in San Diego. She started performing in church musicals, schools plays/choirs and community theaters since she was in grade school. Machelle worked at multiple areas of the entertainment industry (TV/Radio) and while acting for independent films, voice-overs for industrial projects, radio hosting and celebrity interviewing.

Throughout her career, Machelle has interviewed many of Hollywood’s finest actors and musicians including Luke Perry (90210), Zachary Levi (Chuck & Shazam), Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel), Jason D. Frank (Power Rangers), Marc McClure (Superman – Jimmy Olsen) and many other stars from Warner Bros TV and Animation. Her interviews primarily focuses on promoting positive and inspirational messages to the viewers. Machelle is an advocate for mental health awareness and spiritual wellness as well.

Machelle loves storytelling! You may also recognize her at San Diego Comic Con for her work on @GeekRockTV, TMNT, Mobile Filmmaking, Star Wars: Toy Stories & Supergirl Unburdened. Machelle’s acting project ‘Autonomous‘ was selected at the San Diego Comic Con Int’ Film Festival for ‘Best Horror/Suspense’ film as well.

Known by her colleagues as the ‘Mac-Of-All-Trades‘, she also loves MacGuyver, Big-Macs, Mac n’ Cheese, Macaroons, Macadamia Nuts, Mac Cosmetics, MacBeth and MacBooks. Just kidding… she is a PC girl! Grandma told her not to bite the apple 😉 Follow her Lois Lane & April O’Neil adventures via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @MachelleNoelTV.
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Matthew Weatherson| Co-Founder & Brother 
B.S | Meteorology | San Jose State University
After graduating from SJSU, Matthew cultivated his professional goals to be part of governmental organizations and as a professional tornado chaser that directly impacts everyone by saving lives and by providing support to those making decisions that save lives. Matthew’s other interests includes watching DC/Marvel superhero- movies (no surprises there!). | View My Articles 

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Rita Ghazala | Animator, Photographer & Film Producer
B.A. | Art – Multimedia | San Diego State Univ.
Hi! My name is Rita and I am currently studying Art with an emphasis in Multimedia at San Diego State University. Disney movies is what got me into animation. I like to create my own characters from drawing them to creating them in a 3D animation. Check out my 3D animation video project for GeekRockTV that was used in San Diego Comic Con 2018 (click here). In my free time, I love to swim, paint, listen to music, and have a nice walk on the beach. Instagram @RitaGhazalaArt | View My Projects 

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Twinkle Gupta | Social Media & Marketing Intern
B.A. | Communications | UCLA
Hi! In case you are wondering, yes Twinkle is my real name. I am a fourth-year communications student at the UCLA. I enjoy reading personal development books, entrepreneurship, and writing. My interests are makeup, digital media, tennis, and exploring LA/OC! You can often catch me at the SoCal beaches soaking in the sun. A quote I live by is “Success is something you attract by the person you become”. I am often known for my bubbly and cheery personality and the girl who always has a smile on her face. Indian and Italian food is my kryptonite (esp if there is pasta or chicken tikka masala). Instagram: @TwinklexGupta | View My Projects 

Santellanes_Profile_PictureAlan Santellanes | Writing Contributor
B.A | TV, Film & Media | Cal State Univ – Los Angeles

Alan Santellanes is a CSU – Los Angeles graduate and cannot wait to hit the ground running in the media making industry. His goal is to become a showrunner for kids & to promote diversity and equity in the shows he creates. He has a strong interest in development production; more specifically, creative writing; organizing and planning. Aside from pursing a career in the media making industry, Alan enjoys playing videogames with his brother and nephews, watching television with his family, going to the movie theaters with his friends & baking desserts for his loved ones. Alan brings positivity to any new friendship or challenge that crosses on his path. Find him on Instagram @AlanSantellanes and TwitterView My Articles 

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Alexis Faust | Writing Contributor & Social Media
B.A. | Media Communications | Point Loma Nazarene University
Alexis Faust has had a love for the arts ever since she was five years old. Her interests began when she would wake up early in the morning just to binge movies on her parents couch while eating a bowl of cereal. Later, she created her own funny skits and home movies, which flourished into her appearing in multiple school plays, joining advanced choir and dance team. After that, she was hooked! Being a Performance concentration in Media Com, she has pursued her passion by being an actor, radio show host, news anchor and sideline sports reporter! She also enjoys all the magic behind the scenes producing, editing and directing. Her goal in life is to create wholesome art that will allow her to tell impactful stories, travel the world and then use her platform to give back to the community. In her spare time, she enjoys: going fishing, learning electric guitar, fitness, writing poetry, reading a good book with a cup of tea, Hip-Hop dancing, and adventuring to new food places with friends. Her plans for the future include: producing her own animation TV series, writing her first EP, acting for TV & Film and making a ton of new friends along the way! Let’s be friends! Instagram: @alexisfaust | View My Articles 

IMG_9047Amelia Mowry | Writing Contributor
B.A | Journalism | Biola University
Hi, my name is Amelia Mowry and I am a Bay Area native who moved to sunny southern California to pursue a career in the media industry. I am currently studying journalism at Biola University and enjoy engaging in journalistic reading, writing, and media projects. Staying up to date on current events and media happenings has always been interest of mine since a young age, as well as staying current on popular culture as well . I love to learn and am dedicated to pursing social and cultural self-growth, which is my contribution to helping make the world a better place. In my free time, I like to take photos, travel, cook, and make music playlists. Instagram @ameliamowry View My Articles 

Me @ RipnDipAriel Wei | Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications | University of San Francisco
Yes, Ariel was named after the mermaid. And, no that is not her favorite princess (it’s Mulan, but Ariel is a close second). Other than liking most things Disney, Ariel also likes reading Young Adult novels (despite being way above the recommended reading age), eating the non-smelly type of papaya, Oxford Commas, and watching bad movies on Netflix with her friends. She is currently going into her third year of university as a Communication Studies major. Find her on LinkedIn @arielnweiView My Articles 

Grogen College Pic.JPGAnissa Morgan | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | University of North Carolina 
M.F.A. | Screenwriting | Chapman University
Anissa Morgan is a first-year graduate student at Chapman University pursuing a Screenwriting MFA degree. She is dedicated in taking her youthful exuberance, unbridled energy, creative optimism and diverse perspective and channeling those traits in every project she encounters. In addition, Anissa has demonstrated a history of working in the Motion Pictures & Film industry. Her skills include: Communication, Public Speaking, Media Relations, Writing & Leadership. Anissa has written full newscasts, screenplays, directed and produced segments and have been afforded the opportunity to be in them. She has continually been sharpening her skills by turning her ideas into real-life scripts. From deep novels to addicting telenovelas, her love for TV has helped her focus and direct her writing into something she can one day see on any television screen. Find her PortfolioView My Articles 

153e3a9d-a90e-480d-94fb-9275c1028d8e.jpgAutumn Skye Destarac-Saldana | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | Cal State Univ – San Marcos
Autumn is a fun loving girl who is currently working on a Communications BA and Women Studies minor at CSU – San Marcos. She loves singing, traveling and watching movies. She loves all things Disney and Marvel. She aspires to be an advocate for undocumented immigrants and hopes to create a more positive narrative for the Latinx community in her years to come. Autumn loves writing and hopes to share her thoughts with the world someday. Instagram @OhDearAutumnView My Articles 

bilal-e1530121171789.jpgBilal MohamedWriting Contributor
B.A | Comparative Literature | San Diego State University
Some may refer to a man of many interests as purely indecisive. However, Bilal Mohamed believes that possessing deep interests in many realms of work lay a varied foundation to build upon, preferring to refer to those of expounding curiosity as all but the most intriguing and experienced “Modern-Day Renaissance Men”. Bilal is man of many tastes and attractions. A passionate writer and performer, artist, poet, business co-owner, designer, skateboarder, Adventure Time advocate, lover of literature, mentor, and actor, (and is only working to keep this list growing). He spends his days spreading love in the beautiful city and soul-filling sun of San Diego, California, and studies Comparative Literature at San Diego State University with his head passionately buried in books. His open mind and positive attitude towards the world of the unexpected has paved his way to many opportunities, which is exactly how he was able to attain a position here writing for GeekRockTV and their wonderful website and blog. An open mind and an open heart is a simple cliché that he lives by, pouring himself into his work and appreciating all the blessings and beautiful people that come into his life. His plans for the future consist of publishing books and writing screenplays, acting in films and movies, making his way into the world of fine art, and accepting any new experience that bursts its way into his life. Instagram @bicknessView My Articles 

img_1466-1.pngCathleen Meyer | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | Cal State Univ – San Marcos
Cathleen is a college student who places an importance on being active and is an old soul at heart. Her music taste is a jumble of different artists with favorites like ABBA, Def Leppard, Journey, and Fleetwood Mac. When it comes to movies, musicals and 80s are her first choice. Cathleen wrote for her school newspaper for two years in high school and since then has participated in a government and human resources internship. She enjoys delving into a good book whenever possible, with time period pieces being her favorite type of literature to explore. Being a Disney fan since birth, her favorite time is spent with her family at the happiest place on Earth. A personal hobby of Cathleen’s since she was young, is hairstyling and makeup. Once she completes college, she plans to attend Paul Mitchell Beauty School to follow her passion. Cathleen hopes to apply her communication and literature degree to a variety of career paths most importantly including public relations. | Instagram @Cat17CatView My Articles 

fullsizeoutput_3eCaroline Buendia | Writing Contributor & Film Producer
B.A. | TV, Film & Media | Cal State Univ – Los Angeles
Caroline is a senior at CSU-Los Angeles. Next up, she’ll be chasing her Masters. She’s a passionate storyteller, writing and directing are her tools to do it. You can find her stamp in anything she does as carolbcreates. She writes as much as she reads, meanwhile pursuing her goal to have her works on TV, Film, and published. She loves adventures and her stories always take her there. As a proud Latina, Caroline is ready to take on any challenges that may come her way. If it’s easy it’s boring. And she doesn’t do boring. | Instagram @CarolineBuendiaView My Articles 

28951324_1362512817227333_1317974580082196765_n.jpgDanielle Bawit | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Media Studies | Cal State Univ – San Marcos
Hello! My name is Danielle Bawit. I attended MSJC- Mt. San Jacinto’s Community College and received two Associate’s for Communication and Liberal Arts. I am currently in my last semester at CSUSM-California State University San Marcos, and I will be receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. I grew up with watching DC heroes on the screen, wrestling with my family, Disney movies and listening to Kpop. I have been always involved with my education by joining choir’s and becoming part of MSJC’s communications club as a Historian. I have promoted events for the club at my previous school, and I have promoted and volunteered for Khip-hop concerts. I aspire to one day work in the entertainment world while promoting artists and music. Additionally, I also hope to share written stories to people in my career due to my love for writing.| Instagram @Charice_DanielleView My Articles 

eddie_face2_500.jpgEddieson Burkhalter | Writing Contributor
B.A | Japanese | San Diego State Univ.
My name is Eddieson. I’m an open minded dreamer that likes to look for new opportunities, experiences, and challenges in life to make things a bit more interesting. After graduating from San Diego State University with a Japanese degree and minor in Business,  I landed an office job in Shinjuku, Japan where I dealt with online marketing matters as well as content creation. Though I come from an international business background I could never escape the alluring call of an emotionally manipulating story, regardless of the medium, that could turn the toughest body builder into a two year old child watching The Muppets and eating “pig newtons”. So long as the story is well done it doesn’t matter to me whether it’s presented as a comic, video game, anime, book, movie, or even an interpretive dance with bananas and jello. After some intense independent study I have not only been more than inspired to join the industry, but brought to a point where I wonder why I gave up pursuing this stuff in college and turned to a course of pulling my hair out before each exam. Regardless, I love stories and hope to be presented with the opportunity to tell my own; most likely through writing. With a fire in my heart and goals set I am actively gaining skills each day to hopefully one day help others in their endeavors as well as achieve my own dreams. | Instagram @BlaEddieBlaView My Articles 

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Eoin Goyette | Writing Contributor
B.A | Film & New Media Studies | UC Santa Barbara
Eoin has loved telling stories for his entire life, with his interests ranging from Swedish films to fantasy football reports. He is in his 2nd year studying Film & Media at UC Santa Barbara, where he’s a part of the honors program, Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, and many student film productions, including ones which he writes and directs himself. When he isn’t writing or watching movies, you can often catch him lost in train of thought, berating the TV during 49ers games, or shamelessly laughing at his own sarcasm. | Instagram @eoin_goyetteView My Articles 

haileyHailey Pryce-Shidler| Writing Contributor
B.A | Screenwriting | Chapman University
Hailey Pryce-Shidler has loved writing her entire life. From a young age she has written fictional stories and scripts which has led her to where she is today. Hailey is currently in her third year at Chapman University where she is studying Screenwriting. Between her leadership  involvement through her sorority, University Programming Board and Her Campus Chapman, she can be found with her nose in a book or her eyes peeled to a television screen. Instagram @hailey_ps View My Articles

 

hunter-e1528733168484.jpegHunter Turney | Writing Contributor
B.A | Screenwriting | Chapman University
Hunter is a world traveler who loves all things fictional – in fact, you could say she is constantly hunting for new movies to watch and books to read! She has also been to all seven continents and is attending Semester at Sea next fall. While abroad, she plans to continue finding int’l books & movies to add to her repertoire. Instagram @hunter_katherine | View My Articles

IMG_0917Krista Buligon | Marketing Intern
B.A. | Communications | San Diego Christian College
Hi! My name is Krista Buligon and I am a Senior at San Diego Christian College. I am a student athlete majoring in Communication with an emphasis in the Film and Media. I have always had a strong interest in all types of movies because they take me to another world. But my favorite places to go to are New York with a crazy spider kid saving the day, Gotham with a vigilante dressed as a bat fighting a penguin or joker, the wizarding world of Hogwarts with a kid with a scar on his head fighting “He Who Shall Be Named”, or a galaxy far far away with jedi knights battling sith lords with colorful lightsabers. My friends always laugh and call me a super nerd for loving any forms of science fiction but those movies shape me into who I am today. When I am not on the basketball court or working at In N Out Burger I am either on my couch watching movies or writing for fun. I hope that after I graduate I can turn my writing hobby into a career and impact others the way movies have always impacted me. Instagram: @Princess_Krista11 | View My Projects 

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B.A | Communications | University of Pittsburgh
Keely Smith-Wallace loves to write, is an avid adventurer and adores compelling stories.  After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Degree in Communications she landed a job with British Airways and traveled the world.  People, places, movies, music, theatre and travel perpetuates her passion to seek out stimulating stories in the world of entertainment and interesting lifestyles.   Look for her insightful reviews to find out what’s new, what’s hot and where you may like to trot – for an awesome experience! Instagram: @ScribeKeelySW | View My Articles 

image1-1.jpegKelsea Villaneuva| Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications | University of San Francisco
Kelsea has always been a fiction enthusiast, whether that be in the stories she read or the movies she watched. Growing up her knack for daydreaming and passion for creating led her to art and writing. These hobbies turned into a way for her to share the things that she loves with the world. From fan fiction to newspaper articles, she enjoys translating her thoughts and observations onto paper. She was Editor-in-Chief of her school paper and wrote a plethora of articles throughout the 3 years she did Journalism. She has also interned for an online beauty blog, Mocha Girl Beauty, where she produced online content. As a communications major and journalism minor at the University of San Francisco, she hopes to use her skills to let people know about what’s happening online and around the world. Instagram @Im_kelpseaView My Articles 

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Jacqueline Van Bronkhorst| Writing Contributor
B.A | Screenwriting | Chapman University
Jacqueline was very young when she found her first love: stories. She’s been surrounded by them her whole life, and when she realized she wanted to tell stories for a living she found her place in the world. In fact, she loves storytelling so much that she decided to go to college where she could write and travel the world to find more unique stories. She is a proud writer, self-taught musician and artist, Disney fanatic, Ravenclaw, sci-fi and fantasy lover, self-proclaimed honorary Avenger, and complete geek. Having written everything from fan fiction to newspaper articles, book reviews to experimental prose that was published in her university’s Honors Journal. She has gone many places in pursuit of her degree, from interning at a documentary company in Venice Beach to assisting a Lonely Planet writer in Prague, and she hopes to continue using her writing skills to inform and inspire people. Instagram: @jvb_1996 | View My Articles

11058095_1639013723043784_8165693148379435436_nJake HardisonWriting Contributor
A.A | Digital Broadcast Arts | Palomar College
Jake is a second year student at Palomar College pursuing transfer to a university to study TV, Film, and New Media. At Palomar’s radio station, KKSM AM 1320, Jake hosts a weekly movie and entertainment news show called Morning Wood on Mondays from 6-9 am. Jake is an avid fan of pop culture and all things fandom, and has been especially passionate about film and music his entire life. Engaging in skills such as filmmaking, singing, acting, broadcast, voiceover, and writing, his interests are diverse, yet revolve around enthusiasm for the art of storytelling. Jake currently hopes to pursue a career in entertainment reporting and eventually break into other forms of media. Instagram: @JakeHardison_17 | View My Project

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Julia Callow | Writing Contributor
B.A | Kinesiology | Cal State Univ, Long Beach
Julia Callow, born in Santa Barbara, CA, is a fourth-year Kinesiology and Gerontology minor at Cal State Long Beach, emphasizing in fitness. Julia aspires to obtain a Master of Science in Gerokinesiology to help older adults become stronger and more independent. She became an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Senior Fitness Specialist at the age of 18, then starting teaching spin classes shortly after. Embracing her red hair and love for clean eating, Julia created a health food blog on Instagram named @gingajulia, which emphasizes the importance of eating whole foods, practicing gratitude, and staying active. In her spare time, she enjoys trying out new sports and activities like rock climbing and slacklining, cooking, traveling, and being Blake Griffin and Lionel Messi’s number one fan. Instagram @gingajulia | View My Articles 

received_1961262657234410Michael Foster| Writing Contributor
B.A | TV, Film & Media Studies | CSU – Los Angeles

Receiving my Bachelor’s in Film, Media, & Television, I have been writing freelance articles for a start-up company located in Los Angeles. As an aspiring writer and love of narrative media, I find the hero’s journey as a reflection of the best and most ideal of human ambition. A lover of Disney alongside various video-games from Super Mario Bros. to Resident Evil, I keep both my mind and body busy with running and reading. | Instagram @ThenNerdMichael | View My Articles

mf-image.jpgMichael Fracassa | Writing Contributor
B.A | Media Studies | Bowling Green State University
M.A | Film & TV Producing | Chapman University
Michael Fracassa is a Michigan native who recently moved to California to pursue his dream of producing children’s television. Currently, he attends Chapman University where he is obtaining his masters in Film and Television Producing. He is passionate about all things Disney, Marvel and Star Wars. You’ll find him adventuring around Disneyland or swimming in the ocean. Instagram @Fracassaaa | View My Articles

 

Screenshot_2015-07-04-09-55-40-1-1Preston Fusci | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | UCLA
Preston is currently a fourth year Communications major with a minor in Theater at UCLA. He has a wide variety of interests within the entertainment industry when it comes to movies, television, animation, video games, literature, and theater productions that give him a unique perspective on storytelling. When he isn’t writing, you can find Preston most likely deep in the rehearsal process for a new show he is in and dealing with the stereotypical college kid struggles. Follow his Instagram if you want occasional monthly updates on his rise to power. Instagram: @Preston_Fusci | View My Articles

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Rachel Heggenberger | Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications | San Diego Christian College
Who is Rachel? She is a Jedi Master who adventures in Narnia; helps the Avengers overcome their latest adversary, and visits with Hagrid on the weekends. However, that is just her day job. Rachel grew up in tiny town, but always had big city dreams. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communication from San Diego Christian College. Her love for nerdy movies, books, and television shows fuels her desire to work in the entertainment industry. Rachel often writes reviews and critiques on movies she has seen. She is a full-fledge Star Wars nerd and thrives off of listening to videos, podcasts, and breakdowns of the latest nerd/comic movie. Rachel loves talking with others about the latest movie or television show, and would love to one day have her own video show! Find her on Instagram @rachel.nicole_95 | View My Articles 

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Shay Santos | Writing Contributor 
B.A. | TV/Film & Comparative Lit | San Diego State Univ.
Strangely obsessed with rule-of-thirds, color theory, and lightbulbs, Shay should not be left alone with a camera for any extended period of time. She loves telling stories, be it on page or on screen and at the discretion of her two friends. Her one rule for filmmaking is that every shot should be aesthetic. Her second rule is that you don’t have to follow the rules. And the third unspoken rule (punishable by excommunication from the boba squad) is that it absolutely MUST tell a story nix sound, dialogue, and SFX. Catch Shay chilling in the manga section of Barnes & Noble or jamming out to anime OSTs. Instagram @zafra.photography | View My Articles

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Sean Plundeke | Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications | University of San Diego
I’m a full blown fanboy that is waist deep in everything from comic books, TV shows, movies, anime, and the lot. Growing up my Dad was extremely influential in providing the best of the best in terms of classic sources of entertainment which has undoubtedly shaped my interests to this day. While I definitely have more of an interest in Marvel I am not out of the loop when it comes to DC, Darkhorse, or Image comics as wells as each’s additional media content. I love the comic book culture and when I’m not geeking out I’m listening to or playing music and skateboarding around San Diego, which is way better than New Jersey.  Instagram @SeanPlundekeView My Articles 

img_1703.jpgTisha Mora | Writing Contributor 
B.A. | Rhetoric & Writing Studies | San Diego State Univ.
I’m a full-time student at SDSU, pursuing a degree in Rhetoric & Writing Studies and a minor in Digital and Media Studies. I’m also one of the Music Promotions Directors/Radio Host at KCR College Radio and part of the NBC 7 & Telemundo 20 Street Team, as well as an enlisted solider in the Army National Guard for nearly six years. And now here, as an intern for GeekRockTV! Needless to say, I like to keep busy. In between all the craziness, I’m a big fan of Marvel films and comic books in general. Not to mention, I’m a 11 year veteran of San Diego Comic Con! I’ve been going since 2007 consecutively, and have met celebrities ranging from Youtube content creators to Marvel actors on the silver screen.  Aside from the convention center and studio, bookstores and coffee shops are a second home to me. | Instagram @KCRTishTalk View My Articles 

33.jpgMachelle Noel | Executive Producer, Writer & Host
B.S | Business & Minor Theater / Communications| SDSU
M.A | Education Technology (Digital Media Arts)| SDSU

Cowabunga Dudes! I’m Machelle Noel reporting to you as April O’Neil. Much more than just a cartoon tv series, comic book, movie and action figure junkie, it’s now apparent that my presence as your April O’Neil is much more needed at these organized comic convention events and at the moment, guilty-pleasure is good. But perhaps the most exciting adventure is geeking out with other ‘awesome’ celebrities who are also ‘excellent’ TMNT fanatics as well. April O’Neill, @GeekRockTV (that’s my Youtube Channel) Shell-Shocked News. Hahaa- I made another funny! — Since the 30th Anniversary special, it has been my pleasure as your April O’Neil to bring all of the Comic-Con experiences to your homes as well. Here’s to many more years of ‘Turtle Power, Go Ninja Gos, and Booyakasha’s to come. So grab a slice of pizza and enjoy the site! | TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com  (About Me) (My Articles)| RiseOfTheTMNT.com | Instagram @MachelleNoelTV | View My Articles

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