What’s the most interesting thing you did over summer?
“This past summer we took a two-week road trip out to the East Coast. So we went to Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., and Boston, and New York City. And we went to see a play on Broadway, and we took a tour of the White House and got to pet the president’s dog, which was awesome. And then one of my children ate too much really expensive frozen yogurt and vomited in the intersection of Central Park, so it was a good time.”
Kristen Becker, English teacher
What are your thoughts about January’s anti-drug presentation?
“I think we really needed it. I have a lot of friends and family, who are addicted to some form of drug, who would really need to hear that. And I think it made an impact on a lot people, even if they weren’t on the outside looking like they were listening, but they really were on the inside and probably brought that home.”
Ashley Stenulson, East senior
How do you feel about Canvas, the new online learning tool?
“I think that Canvas is very useful, especially for AP classes. It is good when teachers are able to put practice quizzes on there.”
Ashley Backhaus, West senior
How do you feel about combining East and West?
“I think they should not combine because they would have to change all the mascots, apparel, and colors around the school.”
Katie Schlict, East senior
Several generations of West Benders were saddened when Dairy Queen, a longtime hallmark of Main Street, unexpectedly closed. Both city locations ceased operation in late January.
What is your favorite memory of Dairy Queen?
“We’d always go to DQ after all our swim meets. The poor workers were so overwhelmed with our presence, they’d always give us plastic numbers. But instead of giving the number tags back, we’d just steal them! On the last day they were open, we admitted to stealing them, so they gave us all of them, 1-100, and we were so happy. Now we will pass those tags down to all swim captains of the future to help remember the place we always went.”
Josh Nowak, East senior
How do you feel about the elimination of exam exemptions?
“The ability to exempt exams took some of the stress away. It also provided a little extra motivation to get an ‘A.’ You could only exempt two classes in the first place. If kids work hard, they should be able to exempt.”
Andrew Mecus, East senior
What are your thoughts about public
displays of affection in the hallways?
“I think that students do not need to show affection in school. It is disturbing to look at. It begs the question, how do you feel sitting in class with a teacher who just watched you perform a tonsillectomy on your significant other five minutes ago in the hallway?”
Allison Craighead, East senior
How do you feel about the new surveys that give
students a chance to rate their teachers?
“I think that the teacher surveys aren’t that great. Students all have different views on what a ‘good’ teacher is, and I don’t think it’s fair for teachers to take those hits. Plus, it’s a huge waste of class time. If someone doesn’t appreciate something a teacher is doing, talk to the teacher personally or talk to a counselor or principal.”
Taylor Berndt, East senior