Category Archives: School News and Features

Fear Grips Local Students After School Threats in Wisconsin

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Before last week, Kayla Lemens had never been afraid to come to school. Continue reading

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The Return of Art History

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff

For West art teacher Deborah Prahl, teaching Advanced Placement Art History has been a goal for a long time. Continue reading

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Veterans Day Assembly 2019

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Friday’s Veterans Day assembly at the West Bend High Schools featured many area veterans and a rare visit by the U.S. Army Drill Team from Fort Meyer in Arlington, Virginia. Photos by Olivia Langdon, Current Staff.

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US Army Drill Team Coming to West Bend

Veterans Day assembly will feature internationally recognized drill team

By Darick Fait, Current Staff

While sitting in his tree stand last November, Scott Mindel decided that in 2019, Veterans Day at the West Bend High Schools would be bigger and better than ever. Continue reading

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One Thousand Pairs of Shoes

Soles4Souls will send donated shoes to those who need them

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

This year, the Spanish program’s usual Day of the Dead celebration at the West Bend High Schools will have a global impact. Continue reading

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Three of Six Administrators are New This Year

Twin Day: The administration of West Bend East and West High Schools dressed as triplets during homecoming week. From left to right: John Graf, Zachary Daniels, Tyler Wood, Michelle Marschel, Patrick O’Connor and Ralph Schlass. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rausch.

By Noelle Mentch, Current Staff

They might be new to the school, but that doesn’t mean they are new to the game. Continue reading

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Feeding a Dream

West senior will attend prestigious culinary school

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

For West Bend West High School senior Maddy Coultas, a passion for the culinary arts led to being accepted into her dream college.  Continue reading

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New Phone Policy Leads to Confusion

Are students allowed to use phones for academic reasons during resource and study hall?

By Kael Beltmann, Current Staff

Maddie Fell wanted to do her homework, but her teacher said no. Continue reading

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Student Inventors Detangle the Chromebook Disaster

WBHS has implemented a solution designed by two seniors

By Rachel Gergetz, Current Staff

After struggling for years with misplaced Chromebooks and tangled cords, two West Bend East High School students decided to invent a solution. Continue reading

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Local Students Demand Government Action on Climate Change

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

With cars racing past them on Main Street, a group of local students raised homemade signs to call for change. Continue reading

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Climate Strike 2019

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Members of SEED, the environmental club at the West Bend High Schools, participated in today’s West Bend Climate Strike at the Regner Park Labyrinth. The local demonstration was part of a worldwide effort demanding government action on climate change. Photos by Veda Selin, Current staff.

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Rise Together to Prevent Addiction

Students give standing ovation to 13-year-old speaker

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

Walking into the auditorium, students were expecting a drug and alcohol presentation like any other, but were pleasantly surprised. Continue reading

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Youth Impact Club Will Promote Mental Wellness

Suicide prevention is deeply personal for the new club’s adviser

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

Anticipating high student turnout, a new club has moved its first meeting to one of the largest rooms in the school. Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Perhaps you have a passion for storytelling. You crave the written word. You take photographs to share your interests and ideas. Maybe you are curious about how our lives are affected by the events unfolding within and beyond the walls of the West Bend High Schools.

If this sounds like you, then the Current extends an invitation to join our award-winning staff of student journalists. Consider serving as an investigative reporter, columnist, photographer, cartoonist or entertainment reviewer. We uphold a mission to consistently provide accurate and balanced news for the local community as we engage the principles of authentic journalism.

For more information, please see Mr. Beltmann in room S95.

(Photo of Samantha Dietel courtesy of Hannah Kane.)

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Battle of the Buses 2019

(Slinger Speedway High School Challenge School Bus Figure 8 Race. June 16, 2019.)

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Five Years of Memories

Principal Darci VanAdestine says farewell to East High

By Alissa Ihlenfeld, Current Staff

Before leaving West Bend East High School, principal Darci VanAdestine has a few more laughs to share. Continue reading

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Prost Named Rolfs Teacher of the Year

By Alissa Ihlenfeld, Current Staff

Richard Prost didn’t always know he wanted to be a teacher.

Prost, a West Bend East High School science teacher, was given the title of Teacher of the Year by the Rolfs Educational Foundation May 6. He accepted the award in the East Library amidst family and colleagues. Continue reading

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The Hot Lunch King

By Noelle Mentch and Darick Fait, Current Staff

Many things have changed since the 1990s, but Scott Mindel’s daily lunch routine hasn’t. Continue reading

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The Current Staff Recognized by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Eight total awards is a new school record

Four members of the West Bend Current earned six first place prizes in a statewide contest. Continue reading

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Remembering Local Heroes Lost to War

As a Memorial Day tribute, this video honors the 29 graduates from the West Bend High Schools who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The video, which was produced by East social studies teacher Scott Mindel, was shown Friday to all WBHS students in their resource period.

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Video Announcements 5/24/19

(Video created by students in West Bend High Schools’ advanced video production class, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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Video Announcements 5/17/19

(Video created by students in West Bend High Schools’ advanced video production class, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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Student Club Takes Over Patty’s Closet

Service loans out formal clothing to students

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

Thanks to the work of volunteers, students in need will be able to look sharp while attending Saturday’s prom and other school functions. Continue reading

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The Current View: Endgame

What are your thoughts about “Avengers: Endgame”?

Bring tissues to the movie, it’s sad. You really have to see it to get the full experience and to have seen the previous movies, otherwise it won’t make sense.”
Peter Steffen, West junior
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Impact 4 Life 2019

IMPACT 4 LIFE

On Thursday, juniors at the West Bend High Schools witnessed a mock traffic accident to learn how choices can have destructive consequences. Today’s assembly continued the lesson and included these videos produced by WBHS digital media students.

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Dolphins Game Show

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The theme for the 2019 Dolphins synchronized swim program was “Dolphins Game Show.” The program ran last weekend in the West Bend High Schools natatorium. These photos were taken Saturday by Olivia Langdon, Current Staff.

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New to WBHS: Citizen Advocates

Organization supports students with disabilities

By Grace Peplinski, Current Staff

On Thursdays in the hidden J hallway, there is a group that makes catapults to shoot cotton balls!

This year, an organization called Citizen Advocates has come to the West Bend High Schools. Citizen Advocates is a non-profit organization that supports students with disabilities by doing activities and forming friendships with other students in the building. Continue reading

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2019

Dietel leads with 11 awards

Members of the West Bend Current set a school record with 28 individual awards in a statewide contest for high school journalists. Continue reading

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West Bend Talent Included in Lake Country Film Festival Lineup

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

Three future film directors may currently be walking the halls of the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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The Second Annual Anatomy Classes’ Blood Drive

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For the 2nd Annual Anatomy Classes’ Blood Drive, students studying human anatomy and medical interventions partnered with the Blood Center of Wisconsin to host a blood drive Thursday at the West Bend High Schools. The drive complemented their academic units on blood, organ donation and “How to Prevail When Organs Fail.”

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Video Announcements 4/5/19

(Video created by students in West Bend High Schools’ advanced video production class, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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Video Announcements 3/22/19

(Video created by students in West Bend High Schools’ advanced video production class, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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The Current View: School Temperatures

What are your thoughts about the heating and cooling systems at the high schools?


In Mr. Clark’s classroom it is a hotbox and I usually need to take off multiple layers, compared to Mrs. Kastner’s class where she has to keep blankets in the closet because it is so cold. I also never know how to dress because the temperature fluctuates so much.”
Abigail Canfield, West junior
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Decision 2019: Meet the Three Candidates for School Board

SchoolBoardElection_LogoThe West Bend School Board will soon have two new faces.

With no incumbents on the April 2 ballot, voters will choose among newcomers Paul Fischer, Christopher Bach and Erin Dove to fill two open seats. Leaving the board are Tiffany Larson and Ken Schmidt. Both chose not to seek re-election.

The West Bend Current asked the candidates about their background. That interview material is presented below in the order that the candidates will appear on the ballot. Continue reading

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Decision 2019: Board Candidates on the Referendum

What are your thoughts about the referendum?

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Paul Fischer

I am in support of the referendum. I, like most people, don’t enjoy paying more taxes, but at the same time, I recognize that it costs money to operate and maintain buildings. We are a large school district, and there’s a lot to manage here, a lot to maintain. You take a look at the age of the high school specifically—a lot of the mechanicals are at the end of life, they needed to be replaced at some point in the past, most likely. But because of the conservative nature of this community, we’ve done what we can to maintain investments in the classroom, potentially sometimes at the expense on the maintenance things, above the ceiling, below the floor, and so forth that you don’t always see. But the time has come where we need to address those things. Continue reading

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