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Steger Selected

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Jessica Steger, East junior, will serve as The Current‘s Editor in Chief for the 2017-18 school year.  She replaces graduating senior Hannah Bensen. Congrats, Jessica!

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2017

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Bensen leads with four awards

The West Bend Current set a school record with 21 individual awards from the Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association in a statewide contest for high school journalists. Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year

2016.05.23 - Hannah Bensen [crop]By Hannah Bensen, Editor in Chief

Do you have a passion for writing? Do you enjoy learning new things about different people? Consider utilizing these interests by joining The Current staff as an investigative reporter or columnist. Is photography or watching films a hobby of yours? Combine your passions as a photographer or entertainment critic.

There is a wide array of positions available for a number of different interests. Please see Mr. Beltmann in room S95 for details.

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2016

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WBHS journalists score 12 awards in statewide contest 

For the second year in a row, The West Bend Current received top recognition from the Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association.

Judges for the 2016 NEWSPA contest again gave blue ribbon honors to The Current for a website not published as part of a journalism class, saying that many of the stories “reflect an original, enterprising approach to news gathering.”

The website’s student reporters also took home eleven individual awards. Continue reading

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Bensen Selected

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Hannah Bensen, East junior, will serve as The Current‘s Editor in Chief for the 2016-17 school year.  She replaces graduating senior Lauren Sorensen. Congrats, Hannah!

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State Law Should Guarantee Freedoms for Student Journalists

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By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

During first period on Jan. 29, a school aide came to the door of my humanities class and told me that I was needed in the office.

At first I did not think anything of it as I was waiting for a letter of recommendation to be dropped off for a scholarship application. Much to my surprise, though, I found myself in the principal’s office. I was told that I was not allowed to write about a particular topic for the school newspaper. Sadly, this was not the first time I was censored this year.

That is why I feel compelled to endorse new legislation proposed by a group called New Voices. Continue reading

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Let the Facts Do the Talking

Sorensen explains the mission of The Current

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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Dear Reader,

At its core, the staff of The West Bend Current is a group of student writers aiming to bring information to both the students and residents of West Bend, while practicing and improving our journalism skills.

As a staff we have developed a sense of identity and a clear mission. Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year

2015.05.21_Sorensen-001By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

Calling all current event enthusiasts!  Would you like a hand in keeping both the students of the West Bend High Schools and community members informed about what is going on?  The Current invites you to join our staff of reporters, ranging from movie reviewers to photographers to investigative journalists.  There is always a story to write at The Current.  If this draws you in, please see adviser Mr. Beltmann in room S95.

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2015

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Kopish leads with three prizes in statewide journalism contest

Students at West Bend East and West High took home seven individual awards in the 2015 NEWSPA contest for student journalism.  The West Bend Current also earned blue ribbon honors for online publication. Continue reading

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Sorensen Selected

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Lauren Sorensen, East junior, will serve as The Current‘s Editor in Chief for the 2015-16 school year.  She replaces graduating senior Alex Kopish.  Congrats, Lauren!

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School Newspaper Should Ask Questions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

If it doesn’t go against school code, I would like to make a plea for more questions. Particularly those in regards to all of the testing given in our high school as well as throughout our entire district. Students deserve to know why they are being required to do all of this testing, who initiated it, and why neither the students nor teachers have a say in any of it. I strongly encourage topics like these to be published in the West Bend Current as it’s the media’s gift to bridge the informative gap between the administration and the student body. Continue reading

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The Current: 2014 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 71,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

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Stop the Presses! East Graduate Chosen to Lead College Newspaper

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Shelby Larson edits a draft of The Fourth Estate, the student newspaper at UW-Green Bay.

By Alex Kopish, Editor in Chief

Shelby Larson’s strong passion for writing has made her the editor-in-chief of not one, but two newspapers.

“Mr. Beltmann asked me if I ever thought about being a writer. I had thought about trying it but I never thought I was good until he told me I was,” Larson said, remembering her 10th-grade English teacher. Continue reading

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Welcome, Editor!

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Alex Kopish, East junior, will serve as The Current‘s Editor in Chief for the 2014-15 school year.  Congrats, Alex!

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Wiebe Earns WNA Award

East junior Julia Wiebe has been awarded a prize in the 2014 WNA contest for student journalism.

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation gave Wiebe third place in the editorial category, for her opinion piece “Study Religion to Expand Knowledge.”

Wiebe’s award marks the second time this spring that The Current was recognized in a statewide journalism contest.  Last month five members of the news blog earned a total of seven awards in the 2014 NEWSPA contest.

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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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