The Dryden Red and Black

September 19, 2022

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the September Students of the Month! This month's theme is teamwork - the process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal.

7th Grade

Levi Fitchett

Madison Gammon

8th Grade

Raghan DeLong

Aiden Furneaux

9th Grade

Chloe DeLoy

Mckinley Gammon

10th Grade

Jalynn Delmotte

Noah Hall

11th Grade

Ava DeVlaminck

Aiden Fitchett

12th Grade

Lola Abromaitis

Cody Jackson

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Senior Seminar Speaker

The Senior Seminar class, developed in partnership

with the Michigan College Access Network, is now in its seventh year.

It allows 12th grade students the time and support to prepare for the next step in their education, whether that is at a college, university, trade/training school, or the military.

Each week, guests visit the class to share their knowledge and inform students of their many post-secondary education options. Here is a student reflection from our recent speaker.

Sheriff Scott McKenna

by Lola Abromaitis

On Friday, September 9th, we had the honor to have Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna come and speak to our senior seminar class. The passion he had talking to us made all of us feel confident and a little scared about what we will deal with post high school. He started off with how he got into the police force to begin with. He told us that he didn’t know what he wanted to do, both in college and even once he got out. He reassured us that it is OKAY to not know. Nobody expects you to have your life decision chosen at 18 years old. While here, he also mentioned how our generation will rule the world one day. How we need to be the ones who change it. McKenna was fully honest with us, with absolutely no hesitation. His speech really made me realize that now is our chance to change the world. It’s making me personally want to strive and do something with my life to be a world changer. His words will make our actions speak louder.

McKenna also did something you wouldn’t expect anyone to do once they are done talking to a bunch of high schoolers. He gave us his personal phone number. He mentioned how he wants us to have it because he doesn’t want anyone to feel alone in the process of figuring out what to do with life, their needs, or their mental states of mind. That, to me, was very powerful because that shows that there are still good hearts out in this world of chaos. I love the fact that I know I can text an adult that will do anything to be there for us kids.

Sheriff McKenna moved mountains in our class. He motivated, reality shocked, and made us take a sneak peek at the future and how we can change the world. I really enjoyed his speech and hope to come into contact with him again. I have talked about his speech at least 100 times since last Friday. He is an earth angel and I would love for everyone to have him impact their lives as he did mine.

Class of 2023 Information

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Who's Hungry?

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by Kaeleigh Gourieux

Substitute Teachers Needed!


Varsity Cross Country

by Lily Finnigan

On Saturday the 17th, the Varsity XC team ran at the Autumn Classic Invite held at Stoney Creek. The boys team took 13th place overall and the girls took 19th. Medals were given to the top 100 boys and girls (seen underlined below).


6. Aiden Fitchett 17:32.0 SR

76. Noah Hall 19:43.6 PR

122. Connor Wolff 20:29.0 PR

133. Jackson Spencer 20:41.7

141. William Sale 20:51.9

228. Matthew Hickmott 22:38.1

229. Logan Romain 22:38.5

270. Tyler Biggs 23:44.4

278. Sean Finnigan 24:05.1

351. Matthew Livingston 28:56.1

364. Michael Hickmott 33:58.2 PR


34. Audrey Napolitano 23:35.6

48. Lily Finnigan 24:02.3

106. Cara Prusakiewicz 25:51.3

159. Caila Fitchett 27:54.4

231. Ava DeVlaminck 32:55.7

263. Chloe DeLoy 47:52.6


by Kaitlynn Knuth

On Thursday, September 15th, the Varsity and JV volleyball teams had a strong win against Peck with Varsity fighting in a good game with the following scores: game one score, 25-20 W; game two score, 25-16 W; and game three score, 25-18 W. The JV team also gave it their all with the following scores: game one score, 25-16 W; game two score, 25-13 W; and game three score, 15-11 W.

Varsity stats

Points Served

Skylar Graham 10 Aces 3

Lola Abromaitis 8 Aces 3

Sophia Peter 8

Addie Tresnak 4 Aces 2

Dakota Deel 4

Emma Raue 4 Aces 1


Emma Raue 2

Sophia Peter 2

Addie Tresnak 1

Skylar Graham 1


Addie Tresnak 4

Lily Finnigan 2

Emma Raue 2

Skylar Graham 2

Lola Abromaitis 1


Skylar Graham 13

Addie Tresnak 1

Lola Abromaitis 1

The JV Volleyball team took first place at the Peck Quad on Saturday, September 17. Game scores were:

Round robin


21-8 W

21-8 W


21-10 W

21-11 W

Brown City

21-5 W

19-21 L

vs Peck Semi-finals

21-11 W

21-6 W

Championship vs Brown City

21-9 W

14-21 L

15-6 W

Junior High Cross Country

by Lily Finnigan

Last Saturday, the Junior High XC team ran at the Autumn Classic Invite. Levi Fitchett placed 24th with a time of 13:41.5 PR. Claire Wright came in 27th in the girls race, running a time of 16:25.4 PR. In 75th was Penelope Spencer with a time of 19:21.8 PR.

Dryden Baseball Fundraiser at Hideaway Lanes

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Positivity Project

This year, students meet in small groups with their grade level peers in 1st hour Junior High Advisory (grades 7-8) or High School Seminar (grades 9-12). Besides being a "home base" for students with a trusted teacher, these courses provide information on the Positivity Project's character strengths. Here are some details about this week's concept:

Being Present & Giving Other People My Attention

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Upcoming Events

Monday, September 19

6:00 PM-8:00 PM - 7th & 8th Volleyball @ Akron - Bus departs @ 4:15 pm

7:15 PM-8:15 PM - Weight Training - All Athletes - Weight Room

Tuesday, September 20

2:30 PM-3:30 PM - Color Me Green - Room 153 (Mrs. Decker's room)

6:00 PM-9:00 PM - JV/Varsity Volleyball @ Kingston - Bus departs @ 4:30 pm

Wednesday, September 21


6:00 PM-8:00 PM - 7th & 8th Volleyball vs Peck

7:15 PM-8:15 PM - Weight Training - All Athletes - Weight Room

Thursday, September 22

7:30 AM-2:30 PM - Social Studies Dept Meeting - Room 121

4:30 PM-5:30 PM - 7/8 Football vs Richmond - game @ 4:30 pm

6:00 PM-8:00 PM - Co-Op JV Football vs Richmond

6:00 PM-9:00 PM - JV/Varsity Volleyball vs Deckerville

Friday, September 23

8:45 AM-9:45 AM - Senior Seminar Speaker - Maggie Voisin, CMU

5:00 PM-6:00 PM - Weight Training - All Athletes - Weight Room

6:00 PM-8:00 PM - Basketball Open Gym - Gym

7:00 PM-9:00 PM - Co-Op Varsity Football @ Richmond - Bus departs @ 5:00 pm from Imlay City

Saturday, September 24

9:00 AM-11:00 AM - JH Cross Country @ Fall Fest Invite @ Dryden - Athletes arrive @ 7:45 am, JH Boys and Girls combined @ 9:00 am

10:00 AM-12:00 PM - Basketball Open Gym - Gym

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Riddle of the Week

Every week a different riddle will be posted in the paper for you to solve. When you think you have the correct answer, submit it to us using the feedback doc at the bottom of that week's issue, along with your name. The first person to submit the correct answer will be given a shoutout in the following week's issue. The answer to the previous riddle and the shoutout can be found under each week's new riddle.

by Ava DeVlaminck

Last week's riddle:

What runs all around a backyard, yet never moves?

Answer: A fence!

First answered correctly by Levi Fitchett!

This week's riddle: You can drop me from the tallest building and I'll be fine, but if you drop me in the water I die. What am I?

October 10

November 14

December 12

All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., will be held in the Dryden High School Library, and are open to the public.

Joke of the Week

by Ava DeVlaminck

I tried to catch fog yesterday.


Mark Your Calendars!

Check out the 2022-2023 Dryden Community Schools District Calendar here!

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The Team

Ava DeVlaminck - Editor

Lily Finnigan - Reporter

Kaeleigh Gourieux - Reporter

Kaitlynn Knuth - Reporter

Audrey Napolitano - Reporter

Penelope Spencer - Reporter


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