The Student News Site of Bellevue West Senior High School

The Thunderbeat


The Thunderbeat was founded in December 2011. After attending a journalism workshop at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, student journalists from Bellevue West’s video yearbook and newspaper staffs joined together to create a website. Their goal for the website was to provide a direct link to the public to provide news, entertainment, sports, and features coverage that previously was only available to students and faculty in the building.


Beginning in September 2015, the newspaper was renamed The Thunderbeat to provide a more cohesive journalistic venture. Thunderbeat Gold was created to showcase short films and other creative pieces produced by journalists from the video yearbook staff. The Thunderbeat also hosts links to live streams of sporting and cultural events, The Escape Key literary magazine, and the print version of The Thunderbeat.


The Thunderbeat is advised by Ms. Julie Rowse and Mr. Aaron Stueve.


The Editorial Board includes:

Brooke Riley, Editor-in-Chief of written content

Emma Larson, Managing Editor of written content

AJ Forbes, Sports Editor

Kortney Buresh, Entertainment Editor

Melissa Irish, Features Editor

Jacob Kunes, Graphics Editor

Christian Hiltbrunner, Director of Video Content

Sam Herall, Director of Video Content

Michael Begley, Webmaster

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