West Bend Graduate Honored at Film Festival

Amber DeRuyter stars in the independent film ‘Lonesome’

By Hasti Ghasemi Vaghar, Current Staff

After decades performing on area stages, Amber DeRuyter has now been recognized for a performance on the silver screen.

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Brickner Sets School Math Record

By Cassidy Scherzer, Current Staff

Let’s do the math: When Cullen Brickner scored a perfect 200 on the General Educational Development Option II math exam, it was the highest score by a West Bend School District student in the 13 years the program has existed.

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No Worries About ‘No Way Home’

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” overcame the worries of many, using past characters and ultimately leading to a fulfilling conclusion in Marvel’s Spider-Man trilogy.

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Goodbye Green, Hello Blue

By Leah Schmidt, Current Staff

Students and staff returned from Thanksgiving break to a subtle but noticeable change to the West Bend High Schools campus.

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Review: ‘The French Dispatch” Ranks Among Anderson’s Best

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

After the release date was changed multiple times within a year, Wes Anderson finally released this fascinating film for us. 

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Review: ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Bucks the Original Too Much

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop” takes many liberties in the live-action adaptation of the original anime series of the same name.

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Juniors Still Waiting for Traditional High School Experience

By Caroline Peplinski, Current Staff

The coronavirus pandemic forever changed the lives of nearly every human on the planet. Current juniors at the West Bend High Schools, for example, have never had a normal year of high school.

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How Denis Villeneuve Sold the ‘Unfilmable’

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By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

“Dune” director Denis Villeneuve dazzled the doubters by overshadowing a risky $165 million price tag with a box office run that now nears the $400 million mark.

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West Senior Hired to Promote Historic Theatre

By Cassidy Scherzer, Current Staff

One area student has gained behind-the-scenes experience at the Bend, West Bend’s historic theater that survived the Great Depression and now a global pandemic.

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Local Journalist Interviews Rock Legend for ‘Guitar World’ Cover Story

Former East student finds success as a freelance music journalist

By Nicole Walters, Current Staff

A music writer with local ties has finally reached the Edge.

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The Current View: Pandemic Reading

How has COVID-19 affected your reading habits?

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I have always been a very avid reader, and I can honestly say it only increased over Covid, especially over the spring break. I checked out 42 books from the library.
Dana Timmermon, West senior
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The Sky Isn’t Falling

Temporary supporting columns are needed until a structural flaw can be repaired

By Hasti Ghasemi Vaghar, Current Staff

When concrete falls through the ceiling, the clean-up needs more than a dustpan.

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All-In: The Recent Success of Milwaukee Sports

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By Collin Chesak, Current Staff

The city of Milwaukee has overcome the challenges of small market sports and become an example for the entire country.

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Musical Auditions are Back

By Leah Schmidt, Current Staff

If the pandemic era has felt a little like being isolated in a swamp, Tess Breit believes area audiences are ready for a fairy tale experience.

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Crew of Juniors and Seniors Mentor Ninth Graders

By Hasti Ghasemi Vaghar, Current Staff

Incoming ninth graders at the West Bend High Schools were surprised in September to discover that their first-day activities were being led by juniors and seniors rather than teachers.

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Review: ‘The Guilty’ Is Too Locked Up

By Amy Daniels, Current Staff

“The Guilty” is another American remake of an international success that doesn’t quite live up to what made the original so remarkable.

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All Is Not Well in the MCU

By Brandon Labecki, Current Staff

With Marvel’s conclusion to the third phase in its superhero film franchise, it seems that there is limited room to move forward and keep its audience engaged. 

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Farewell, 10-Minute Passing Period

By Kayla Lemens, Editor in Chief

Thanks to a schedule change, students at the West Bend High Schools are struggling to manage their time in between classes.

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Living IRL: Delete the Social Media Habit

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By Kayla Lemens, Editor in Chief

It’s now been three months since I last opened Snapchat.

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Racing to Save Lives

By Stephanie Snyder, Staff Writer

A race against suffering, hosted for the people by the people. 

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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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