Welcome, Editor!

Kayla Lemens, West junior, will serve as the West Bend Current’s Editor in Chief for the 2021-22 school year. She replaces graduating senior Elise Marlett. Congrats, Kayla!


Photo courtesy of Kayla Lemens.

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The Resiliency of the Music Department

COVID-19 presented challenges for choir, band and orchestra

By Kayla Lemens, Current Staff

After eight long months, the music department is finally returning to normal. 

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Exams Done, Advanced Placement Students Keep Learning

Students were surprised to learn of changes to exam week

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

This year’s final exam week will look different for Advanced Placement students at the West Bend High Schools.

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A Towering Gift

By Norah Johnstone, Current Staff

This year the graduation committees of the West Bend East and West High Schools chose updating the tower stairwells and adding window decals as their gift to the school.

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‘Would You Make It By 4:30?’: Graduation Speaker Must Race to Muskego

By Elena Chamberlain, Current Staff

Directly after giving her graduation speech, Danielle Schumacher has to bolt.  

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Water for All People

By Amber Georgenson, Current Staff

After graduating from West Bend East High School, Laura Burns didn’t know what she wanted to do when she grew up. Now she works for a global non-profit organization, and students at her former school are trying to help.

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An Oldie But a Goodie

WBHS senior helps revive old baseball tune with local ties

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

As the baseball season starts up again, a lost piece of Brewers history has been found and restored.

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Student Lounge Brings Fresh Look, Crowds to Second Floor

By Kayla Lemens, Current Staff

A new lounge at the West Bend High Schools has created new opportunities for students and, according to some staff members, new headaches.

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Mystery Couple Identified

By Caroline Peplinski, Current Staff

When an old picture of unknown high school sweethearts was shared online last week, West Benders wondered who they were.

As it turns out, today marks their 40th wedding anniversary.

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Review: ‘Nomadland’ Is a Modern Masterpiece of the Average American

Acclaimed drama is an Oscar frontrunner

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

After “Nomadland” earned six Oscar nominations and rave reviews from critics, I decided to see for myself if the movie deserved the attention it was getting.

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Ready to Dive In

COVID-19 will not cancel this year’s Dolphins show

By Norah Johnstone, Current Staff

This might be Bridget Pfiel’s second year coaching Dolphins, but it’s her first show. 

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The Courtyard: Past and Present

Students once were allowed to smoke in “the pit”

By Caroline Peplinski, Current Staff

Most days, the West Bend High Schools’ courtyard sits empty and silent. However, that wasn’t always the case.

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Be Kind, Rewind: Farewell to the Video Store and a Way of Life

Area teachers and former video store clerks ponder what Family Video’s closing means for the culture of film viewing

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

It’s the end of an era.

As of February 28, all Family Video locations across the country are permanently closed, including the location in West Bend. With Family Video being the only remaining video rental store in West Bend prior to closure, local movie lovers must accept a transition from discs to streaming. For many, the transition prompts deep feelings of nostalgia as the culture of film viewing has changed so drastically in the past decades. 

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Decision 2021: Meet Board Candidate Kurt Rebholz

By Noelle Mentch, Current Staff

Kurt Rebholz believes that his financial background and openness to different ideas are some of his strengths that make him a great member of the school board.

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Decision 2021: Meet Board Candidate Chris Zwygart

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

After serving on the school board for the past three years, Chris Zwygart believes that he is ready for a second term.

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Decision 2021: Meet Board Candidate Jody Geenen

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

After watching her three daughters graduate from West Bend West High School, Jody Geenen hopes to give back to her community once more.

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Teen Employees Affected by COVID-19

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

A year ago, Chris Meyers spent his Friday nights seating customers at Texas Roadhouse. Now, he spends his Friday nights wiping down menus. 

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Natalie White Is Going Places


By Amber Georgenson, Current Staff

West Bend East High School senior Natalie White was recently chosen to receive a scholarship to the Peck School of the Arts in Milwaukee. Continue reading

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Color Out of Space

By Elena Chamberlain, Current Staff

Ceiling tiles or blank canvases? The white, removable ceiling tiles have sprouted student-led creativity at West Bend West High School. Continue reading

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Masks On, Sleeves Up

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t cancel this decades-old tradition. Continue reading

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Teachers Adapt to New Cohort Schedule

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

The West Bend High Schools have a new approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19. Continue reading

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The West Library Is Back


By Amber Georgenson, Current Staff

After months of renovations, the West Bend West High School library is reopening for student and faculty usage. Continue reading

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The Current View: The Cohort Model

To stem the spread of COVID-19, students will be split by last name into two groups that will alternate between in-person and virtual learning starting Wednesday. What are your thoughts about the new cohort model?


“I actually really like it because it is a good way to limit the spread of COVID while still being able to go to school.”
Lydia Winklbauer, East senior
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WBHS Rescinds Ban on Afterschool Activities Meeting In Person

By Caroline Peplinski, Current Staff

Today marks the first opportunity for clubs and co-curriculars at the West Bend High Schools to connect in person this year. 

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West Bend Student Invited to the Set of ‘6 Underground’

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

A local student’s hobby of six years landed him the opportunity to watch a blockbuster action movie being filmed. Continue reading

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‘I Never Had a Non-White Teacher’: New Group Seeks Change at the West Bend School District

By Elena Chamberlain, Current Staff

Former West Bend students have started a group that advocates for racial justice in both the community and school district. Continue reading

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Mandate the Masks

VIEWPOINT

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

I do not envy those in power in this school district whose choices have the potential to drastically alter the lives of my friends, family and teachers.  Continue reading

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Former Students Ask District to Act Against Racial Injustice

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To leaders and members of the West Bend community:

This is a list of initiatives we would like to see implemented in the West Bend School District.

Right now, the whole world is finally listening to the call for action against racial injustice. We want meaningful change to create a community that works for ALL people. We know that the West Bend School District did not adequately prepare us for an increasingly diverse and inclusive society. We also know that the demographics of West Bend are changing. If we are truly preparing all students for excellence, we must also educate students to become culturally competent and aware of their roles and platforms to dismantle white supremacy in our national culture. Continue reading

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The Marvelous Mr. Mindel

East social studies instructor named Rolfs Teacher of the Year

By Darick Fait, Current Staff

For the third time this year, Scott Mindel has proven to his fellow staff and students that he is a top-level educator, this time through a districtwide award. Continue reading

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Award-Winning Reporters Say Goodbye

Three seniors reflect on their time writing for the West Bend Current

Samantha Dietel

For how long have you been a member of the Current and what prompted you to join?
I joined the Current about halfway through my sophomore year. I was looking to get more involved at school, so it seemed fitting to step outside of my comfort zone while also utilizing my love for writing! It certainly helped that Mr. Beltmann, the Current’s adviser, was my teacher that year for Honors English II. Joining the Current was easily the best decision that I have ever made. By now, it feels like it has become a part of my identity. Continue reading

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Welcome, Editor!

Elise Marlett, East junior, will serve as the West Bend Current’s Editor in Chief for the 2020-21 school year. She replaces graduating senior Samantha Dietel. Congrats, Elise!

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2020

Local student journalists earn 24 awards

Ten West Bend students have been recognized in a statewide contest for high school journalists. Continue reading

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The Music You Speak

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The music you speak with every breath
Every gasp of air a dying wish
Words you think but rhymes you say
Every letter used for a phrase Continue reading

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A Beautiful Deed in the Neighborhood

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

As of Tuesday, Diane Malicki has sewn an estimated 75 face masks for her neighbors in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Continue reading

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