The Pupil Becomes the Principal

Jennifer Potter, a former WBHS student and assistant principal, makes an enthusiastic return

By Katie Gloyd, Current Staff

Two months into the school year, students at the West Bend High Schools suddenly had a new principal.

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Meet the New Administration Team at the West Bend High Schools

By Katie Gloyd, Current Staff

The West Bend High Schools started the 2022-23 school year with major turnover in the main office.

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Bird Scooters Flying High and Low

Are the ride-share devices useful to high school students?

By Austin Hunn, Current Staff

Mysterious scooters have started to appear all over West Bend.

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Art Club Comes Back Strong with Milwaukee Zoo Christmas Exhibit

By Rylie Albert, Current Staff

After the club’s disappearance in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Bend High Schools’ art club is back, stronger than ever, and filled with holiday spirit.

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Local Actor Stars in New Movie ‘Goodnight, Light’

By Hasti Ghasemi Vaghar, Current Staff

Tyler Jach never had a spring break like this one when he was a student at West Bend East High School.

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Crushin’ It With Kiptyn

Blood drive spotlights a local middle schooler

By Annelise Paczesny, Current Staff

When the West Bend High Schools student council was considering the theme for its blood drive this year, a young district student with leukemia sparked their interest.

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Prognosis: High School Students Will Become Certified EMTs

By Amber Georgenson, Current Staff

Local student Zoey Bruce never thought she’d be learning inside of a helicopter.

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West Bend Rider Chosen as Ambassador for Mountain Biking

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

When she attended her first mountain biking practice, Anja Lanser never thought that six years later she’d be officially encouraging other girls to do the same.

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New Lunch Freedoms For Eligible Students

By Dakota Gunnare, Current Staff

Fiona Shaw, a senior at West Bend East High School, enjoys spending her lunch hour with friends at a local restaurant.

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Oh, So Pretty

Student group beautifies school courtyard

By Mia Herdeman, Current Staff

Once a buzzing place, the courtyard at the West Bend High Schools has long been dormant.

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West Bend Students Participate in Democracy

By Noah Becker, Current Staff

Eight teenagers came to the West Bend School District office ready to make a difference in their community.

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New Six Flags CEO Puts ‘More Flags More Fun’ to the Test

By Keaton Beltmann, Current Staff

Normally during the fall, Six Flags Great America announces a new ride for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, that won’t happen this year.

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Speedy Freshman Heads to State

By Cassidy Scherzer, Current Staff

A West cross country runner leaves everyone in the dust as he now ranks as the second fastest ninth grader in the history of both West Bend High Schools. 

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‘Werewolf by Night’ Transforms the Marvel Formula

By Noah Mintie, Current Staff

It appears that once in a full moon, Marvel Studios is still able to crank out a widely beloved film. However, their latest hit brings a long-forgotten ingredient to the formula.

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The Case of the Missing Bubblers

By Hasti Ghasemi Vaghar, Current Staff

The mystery of the disappearing water fountains has been solved.

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Review: New Season of ‘Love, Death + Robots’ is Satisfying Smorgasbord

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

The third season of “Love, Death + Robots” offers more of the eye-dropping visual wonders of the previous seasons, with as many odd, compellingly quick-witted and grim stories as the episodes preceding it.

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Milwaukee Film Festival Review: ‘Memoria’ Creates Special Experience

The latest polarizing film from Apichatpong Weerasethakul was a unique highlight of the Milwaukee Film Festival

By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

I fell in love with film over the pandemic, and finally, after two and a half years of attempting to become a cinephile, I was able to visit my first film festival. The 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival was the first in two years to have in-person showings, and being a high schooler in Wisconsin, it was my first real opportunity to visit a festival. 

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West Bend Teacher Has His Head in the Clouds

By Hasti Ghasemi Vaghar, Current Staff

Two years ago, Michael Blaskowski had an idea that would literally take off.

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‘I Felt Like I Should Choose the Scarier Option’: Williams Commits to Harvard

By Kayla Lemens, Editor in Chief

Alexis Williams and her friends couldn’t help it. Despite being in a restaurant, they all started screaming.

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Review: ‘The Northman’ Builds a Mythical World

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

“The Northman” is another great addition to what is best described as a collection of modern myths behind Robert Eggers’ filmography.

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Rivals No More

East and West soccer teams merged due to low turnout

By Kayla Lemens, Editor in Chief

Despite being rivals in the past, West Bend East and West girls soccer combined this spring to form one co-op team.

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Review: “Secrets of Dumbledore” Revives the Magic

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

After a large amount of hype and advertising, the third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise was released April 15, to surprisingly weak box-office numbers.

That’s a shame.

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The Impact of Reduced Days

How do early release and late arrival programs affect students?

By Austin Hunn, Current Staff

There are hundreds of students permitted to have shorter school days on a day-to-day basis, but not much is known about its effects on students. 

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Review: ‘The Batman’ Has More Heart Than Brains

By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

With “The Batman,” Matt Reeves delivers a brutal bat noir that is more emotionally potent than intellectually challenging. The movie seeks to be more of an elaborate epic than the intimate character drama of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Instead of giving him the arbitrary origin story, Reeves introduces Batman like a stoic western character, down a long hall out of the darkness.

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Teacher Starts Spring Break by Donating Kidney

By Hasti Ghasemi Vaghar, Current Staff

Michael Rahlf, a social studies teacher at West Bend West High School, might be the friend of the year.

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Nifty Nibble Flooded with Changes

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

The Nifty Nibble, the campus restaurant at the West Bend High Schools, has had dramatic changes since being flooded twice due to problems in a bathroom across the hall.

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NAMI Recognizes Longtime Volunteer

By Nicole Walters, Current Staff

Even though she retired from the West Bend School District in 2007, Sheryl Smith never stopped teaching at an award-worthy level. 

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Dance the Night Away

By Rhys Chesick, Current Staff

After being postponed, the West Bend High Schools charity week and dance are back on.

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Ninth Grade Gymnast Keeps Breaking Records

By Sydney Neuser, Current Staff

Gymnast McKennah Orth, a ninth grader at West Bend East High School, is heading to state in vault, floor, beam and all-around competitions.

This honor follows a season with many highlights, including a single meet where Orth was part of breaking three school records while ending in a tie for another.

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Review: Netflix’s Climate Satire Not Worth a Look

Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” lacks comedy and depth

By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

The Academy recently gave “Don’t Look Up” four Oscar nominations including Best Picture. However, if audiences are looking for an award-worthy film, they should look elsewhere. 

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‘Keep Getting Up’: Area Trainer Sets World Record to Raise Mental Health Awareness

By Cassidy Scherzer, Current Staff

There was a personal reason why Jackie Vazquez wanted to set a new world record in weightlifting.

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Local Teen’s MasterChef Memories Have Marinated for Five Years

Former contestant Sydney Neuser talks about her time on TV and whether she still wants to be a professional chef

By Kayla Lemens, Editor in Chief

Five years ago today, West Bend’s Sydney “Syd” Neuser made her network television debut as a contestant on “MasterChef Junior.”

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Heading to the Big Dance

By Sarah Schmidt, Current Staff

Despite many obstacles, the varsity dance teams for West Bend East and West High have earned trips to a state competition.

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Trailblazing Fifth Graders Are Now Seniors

District restructuring presented new world language and music opportunities

By Kayla Lemens, Editor in Chief

Eight years ago, the class of 2022 entered Silverbrook Intermediate School as the first fifth grade class in the building.

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Chess Club Growing Fast

First in-person tournament will take place Saturday

By Austin Hunn, Current Staff 

The West Bend High Schools chess club, which has been in operation for over a year, is finally starting to take off. With an estimated 85 members and plans for an in-person tournament, it can now be considered an official club. 

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