By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief
Unique and valuable stories can be found in nearly every hallway of the West Bend High Schools. Will you take part in sharing them to keep the district community informed?
To those intrigued, the Current would like to offer an invitation to join our award-winning staff of student journalists. Consider serving as a reporter, columnist, photographer or entertainment reviewer. Please remember that it is our mission to consistently present fair and accurate information as we aim to establish a strong foundation in journalism.
For more details, see adviser Mr. Beltmann in room S95.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
When I joined the West Bend Current’s staff of student reporters in December, I was not fully aware of how significant my choice had been. I had thought only of utilizing my passion for writing to see what doors journalism might open for me.
However, I soon realized that I was learning much more than just the structure and mechanics of reporting. I became truly conscious of bias and began to understand why it is so important that I strive to keep my writing as balanced as possible—since, unfortunately, the world is swamped with partiality. Continue reading
Samantha Dietel, West sophomore, will serve as the West Bend Current’s Editor in Chief for the 2018-19 school year. She replaces graduating senior Jessica Steger. Congrats, Samantha!
Student reporters earn 19 total awards
Five West Bend students earned blue ribbon honors in a statewide contest for high school journalists. Continue reading
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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
Sorensen explains the mission of The Current
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
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
By 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.
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
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!
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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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
Alex Kopish, East junior, will serve as The Current‘s Editor in Chief for the 2014-15 school year. Congrats, Alex!
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.
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