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Student Desk or Petri Dish?


Kim Barrett, English teacher, wipes the student desks in her classroom.

By Natalie Wanasek, Current Staff

It’s not unusual for English teacher Kim Barrett to finish the school day by reaching for a surface cleaner. In fact, Barrett provides sanitizer and Clorox wipes for her students to use if they should find the need to clean off their desk.

“It seems like the desks haven’t been cleaned much at all this year.  I know they have, it’s just very sporadic,” said Barrett. Continue reading

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2014

Wanasek and Smale earn top honors in statewide journalism contest

Students at West Bend East and West High took home seven awards in the 2014 NEWSPA contest for student journalism.

The Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association gave blue ribbon honors to Natalie Wanasek for her academic news writing and to Mike Smale for his feature photography. Smale led all staff members with three prizes. All awards were given to The West Bend Current, the news blog advised by Eric Beltmann. Continue reading


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The Ice Seems Nice

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West junior raising funds for the Polar Bear Plunge

By Natalie Wanasek, Current Staff

For most people, winter is a time for cozy blankets, hot chocolate, and making snowmen.  However, the one thing West junior Brogan Zochert is looking forward to this February is the chance to jump into sub-zero water.

While this may sound a bit out there, Brogan’s desire to do so is well-founded.  She, along with 6 other WBHS students, are going to take the Polar Bear Plunge on February 15 to help raise money for the 2014 Special Olympics.  This annual event has been a part of Wisconsin culture since the early 1900s, and also takes place in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Continue reading

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No Lyin’: It Takes Four to Make This Big Cat Roar

By Julia Wiebe, Current Staff

“Things never happen the same way twice, dear one.”

That line, after being written by C.S. Lewis in the original The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, has been spoken by countless actors in countless productions, both on stage and on the big screen, but one thing is for sure: Aslan has never been portrayed quite like this before.

In this year’s drama department production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, all-powerful protagonist Aslan, a larger-than-life lion, is being played by not one, but four actresses. Carly Gloff, Rachel Uhren, Christine Gan, and Natalie Wanasek are joining forces to bring this character to life.

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Say Goodbye to Exam Exemptions

By Natalie Wanasek, Current Staff

Exam exemptions are a thing of the past.

Before this year, students could skip up to two semester exams by earning an “A” average, having less than five absences, and obtaining the instructor’s signature.  It was a way to reward hard-working students, and it was a way to relieve some of the stress that goes along with exams.  After all, the very sound of the words semester exam often strikes fear and anxiety into the hearts of high school students.

So why have exemptions been abandoned?  Continue reading

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