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Samantha Dietel, West sophomore, will serve as the West Bend Current’s Editor in Chief for the 2018-19 school year.  She replaces graduating senior Jessica Steger. Congrats, Samantha!

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Schools Must Encourage the Youth Vote

VIEWPOINT By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief I will likely be one of the few local teens participating in our American democracy on Tuesday.

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That’s the Ticket

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief Two former West Bend students have partnered in a run for office.

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Black History Month Celebration 2019

PHOTO ESSAY The West Bend High Schools multicultural club presented the second annual Black History Month Celebration Thursday in the Silver Lining Arts Center. Highlights included speakers, food, prizes and a performance by Teju the Storyteller.

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Sisters Study for High-Stakes Exam in France

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief While many West Bend students are preparing for the ACT, Pauline and Julianne Buisard are studying for their “bac” exam in France. Pauline and Julianne, twin sisters who spent their ninth and tenth grade … Continue reading

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Leftover Paint Sparks Cross-Hall Rivalry

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff Painting a hallway wasn’t supposed to renew the rivalry between West Bend East and West High Schools.

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Breaking the News: Why the Shakeup at the Local Paper Matters

VIEWPOINT By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief After what happened at the Daily News, I am concerned for the future of local journalism in West Bend.

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WBHS Athletic Directors are Pioneers

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief The West Bend High Schools are home to two of Wisconsin’s few female athletic directors. Erin Felber and Molly Hengst have both recently joined WBHS to head the athletic programs. Felber took on the … Continue reading

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‘Did You Hear Anything?’: Shutdown Keeps Area Family in Limbo

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief The ongoing U.S. government shutdown has led a woman with local ties to worry about her husband’s travel visa application.

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Music Department Surprised by Budget Changes

Officials say teachers should continue their programs as planned By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief By the time orchestra director Seth Matuszak learned what his budget was for the year, it was nearly spent.

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Incentive Program Has a Bumpy Start

By Chloe Kreis, Current Staff For a program called 5-Star, students at the West Bend High Schools would rate it much lower.

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Student Club Wants Martin Luther King Jr. Day Recognized

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief For Jhalia Evans, acknowledging Martin Luther King Jr. Day would mean that she matters.

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‘They Took My Plane Ticket’: French Exchange Students Surprised by Security Checks

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief Entering the United States was quite stressful for French student Noémie Bontron.

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Welcome to the Dollhouse

WBHS graduate designed the artwork for this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief For Melissa Johnson, working with the Milwaukee Film Festival meant designing a dollhouse.

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Hallway Abuses Have Really Gotta Go

How often do students use bathroom passes to skip class? By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief Fewer students have been vanishing from Seth Matuszak’s classroom. Both students and staff at the West Bend High Schools believe that the abuse of … Continue reading

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Why Wasn’t 9/11 Memorialized This Year?

By Elise Marlett and Lauren Oppermann, Current Staff September 11, 2018 seemed just like any other day for students at West Bend High Schools. Many students and teachers were surprised when 9/11 was not given a schoolwide memorial last Tuesday. … Continue reading

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Professor Plum with the Candlestick

PHOTO ESSAY Last week students in Principles of Biomedical Science investigated a mock crime scene erected in the gallery of the Silver Lining Arts Center. To uncover the cause and manner of the death of the fictitious Anna Garcia, students … Continue reading

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Museum Brings Artifacts to World History Students

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief A visit from the Milwaukee Public Museum allowed some students at the West Bend High Schools to temporarily become archaeologists.

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West Bend Welcomes Don Kirkegaard

WBSD has new superintendent after seven months without a top administrator By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief Don Kirkegaard now fills a position that has been vacant in the West Bend School District since December. Kirkegaard officially became the district … Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief Unique and valuable stories can be found in nearly every hallway of the West Bend High Schools. Will you take part in sharing them to keep the district community informed? To those intrigued, the … Continue reading

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The Student Becomes the Teacher

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief It’s all coming full circle for Danielle Schumacher. Schumacher, an English teacher at West Bend West High School, has agreed to take on the Honors English II course for the upcoming school year beginning … Continue reading

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The World Needs Responsible Journalists

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers, When I joined the West Bend Current’s staff of student reporters in December, I was not fully aware of how significant my choice had been. I had thought only of utilizing my passion for … Continue reading

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West Bend Students and Staff Honor Fallen Classmate

By Jessica Steger, Editor in Chief The memory of Christopher Dietel will be forever etched into the Silver Lining Arts Center. The teachers and classmates of Christopher Dietel, a West Bend West High School sophomore who died by suicide last … Continue reading

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Lewandowski Wins Rolfs Award

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff The surprise was nearly spoiled for Michael Lewandowski.

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2018

Student reporters earn 19 total awards Five West Bend students earned blue ribbon honors in a statewide contest for high school journalists.

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West Bend School Board Has New President

Larson happy to pass the gavel to Ongert By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff After serving only one year in the position, Tiffany Larson will not continue as president of the West Bend School Board. Members of the school board changed … Continue reading

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City of Hurried and Sparkling Waters! City of Spires and Masts!

West Bend poet invited to Carnegie Hall to receive award By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff A talent for poetry has earned one local student national recognition and a plane ticket to New York.

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Orchestra Department Has New Mascot

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff Even before he knew what was happening, West Bend High Schools orchestra teacher Seth Matuszak knew something was up. The giggling gave it away.

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Safety Plans Go Right Out the Window

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff During an intruder situation, some students at the West Bend High Schools would be instructed to climb out a classroom window.

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‘We’re Unprepared’: Students and Staff Have Safety Concerns

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff Not everyone is satisfied with the safety of the West Bend High Schools. After the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., both students and staff at WBHS have expressed their … Continue reading

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How Have the High Schools Addressed Safety Since Parkland?

Community Q&A planned for March 22 By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff “If you see or hear something, say something” is a phrase that has lately been given a great emphasis at the West Bend High Schools. In light of the … Continue reading

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‘Our Students Are Very Safe’: WBHS Officials Discuss Campus Security

Recent changes were implemented prior to Parkland shooting By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff For students shifting from class to class at the West Bend High Schools, it’s easy to miss the numerous cameras that monitor each of the hallways. In … Continue reading

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Guns in the Classroom?

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff A typical classroom inventory contains plenty of paper, pens and dry erase markers, but now, some believe a gun should also be included. Students and staff members of the West Bend High Schools have been … Continue reading

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The Secret Rock Life of a Guidance Counselor

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff This Friday, Kara Phillips will be stepping away from the typical lifestyle of a high school guidance counselor to pick up a microphone. Phillips, a counselor at West Bend East High School, is the lead … Continue reading

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‘It Was Very Inspiring’: Brookfield Violinist Brings His Gift to WBHS

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff It’s not every day the West Bend High Schools host a teenage musical prodigy.

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