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The Italian View

Exchange students are surprised by America’s reliance on standardized testing

By Auburn Larson, Current Staff

Lisa Bertani is used to being cross-examined by teachers at school, but she’s finding this semester much easier. Bertani, you see, is a foreign exchange student from Carpi, Italy.

Right now Bertani attends West Bend East High School, and while in Wisconsin she met Elettra Fiandri, another Italian exchange student who resides in Modena, Italy but currently attends Slinger High School.

Both Bertani and Fiandri have been struck by the drastic differences between American schools and their schools back home, especially when it comes to assessments. Continue reading

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Baby, It’s Chile Outside


By Hannah Bensen, Editor in Chief

One West Bend student is about to experience his very first white Christmas.

Juan Pablo Cofré, a Chilean foreign exchange student who attends East High School, is used to being warm for the holidays.

“I have never had Christmas in the snow. It is always really, really hot for Christmas [in Chile],” Cofré said. Continue reading

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From Switzerland to West Bend

Ski racing team welcomes exchange student

By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

“Where is the hill?,” Camille Kaufmann asked when she discovered that WBHS had a ski racing team.

Kaufmann is a foreign exchange student from Switzerland who grew up ski racing in the mountains of Switzerland, which boasts elevations as high as 15,000 feet. This elevation advantage made Kaufmann stand out during ski practices. Continue reading


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When in Wisconsin


Simon Huth, a foreign exchange student from Europe, recently experienced two Badger state traditions: hunting and snowblowing.

By Mike Smale, Current Staff

In November, Simon Huth experienced the exotic thrill of a lifetime—sitting in the cold for hours.

Huth, a German exchange student from Frankfurt, embarked on the classic Wisconsin tradition of gun deer hunting during opening weekend. This casual tradition for West Bend students was a foreign experience for Simon. Continue reading

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