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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. In previous years, an announcement was read over the PA system or articles retelling the devastating story were handed out to students. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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State Champ? That’s Hilarious

Kolb takes first in Solo Acting Humorous forensics category

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

The West Bend High Schools are home to three of the funniest students in the state of Wisconsin.

East junior Emily Kolb took first place in the category Solo Acting Humorous at the state forensics tournament held April 7 at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. Kolb was joined at the podium by West senior Anna Pitz and East junior Ian O’Day, who were also among the six finalists in the category. Continue reading

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Teaching History Through Music

Music scholar visited WBHS to talk about Jewish traditions

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

One way to study the Holocaust is by using your ears.

Amanda Ruppenthal Stein, a doctoral candidate in musicology at Northwestern University, visited band students at the West Bend High Schools Feb. 26 to deliver a presentation about Jewish music. Her presentation was part of the ongoing WBHS project to integrate the art, music, culinary and social studies departments for a Holocaust memorial taking place in April. All three band classes are playing pieces either by a Jewish composer or regarding the Holocaust. Continue reading

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Senior Wants WBHS Volunteers Recognized at Graduation

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

For Serenity Krueger, trying to make a change went beyond volunteering.

Last week the West Bend West High School senior created an online petition directed at the WBHS administration asking that students who have 100 or more documented volunteer hours be honored with cords of recognition at graduation. So far, the petition has garnered over 800 signatures and the online response has been overwhelmingly positive. Continue reading

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West Bend Prepares to Host State Debaters

WBHS will host state debate tourney for fourth consecutive year

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

Days before the state debate tournament, coach Doris Sexton was deliberating with custodians rather than her speakers.

Starting Saturday, the West Bend High Schools will host the Wisconsin State Debate Tournament. Around 300 high school students from all over Wisconsin will come to West Bend for two days of competition. For those who host the tournament, it’s a lot more than just a weekend competition. Much work and preparation goes into hosting this tournament, and everybody, from coaches to custodians, gets involved. Continue reading

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The Bench Player

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

When there wasn’t enough space for the community to sit, a local student decided to take a stand.

Evan Beekman, a junior at West Bend West High School, built two circular benches in Jackson Park for his Eagle Scout project. Although the project was completed in the fall of 2016, he was recognized for his achievement in October of this year. Continue reading

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Drumline Sticks the Landing

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By Jessica Steger, Current Staff

The West Bend High Schools drumline beat out their competition, literally.

The drumline traveled to Milwaukee Nov. 26 for the annual Fresh Coast Drumline and Basketball Competition. The competition was held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with the drumline placing second out of seven schools. The competition was judged by professional percussionists.

Besides bragging rights, another perk to placing in the competition was the prize money. The drumline received $500 for their second place finish. This money is used to directly benefit the drumline through the purchase of new equipment. Continue reading

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