The Dryden Red and Black

November 1, 2021

National Honor Society Induction

The following students were inducted into the National Honor Society on Monday, October 25:

  • Tyler Biggs
  • Ava DeVlaminck
  • Patrick Ellis
  • Lily Finnigan
  • Hunter Hughes
  • Audrey Napolitano
  • Sophia Peter
  • Raeshell Richardson

Current members include Vice President Lauren Abromaitis, Member-at-Large Conner Fleming, Historian Colin Jones, President Joanna Livingston, Secretary Alaina Penn, and Treasurer Jackson Spencer.


National Junior Honor Society Induction

The following students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Monday, October 25:

  • Owen Gall
  • Mikey Luciano
  • Aubrie Miller
  • Brenden Peter
  • Cara Prusakiewicz
  • Penelope Spencer
  • Luke Taylor

Current members include President Nick Abromaitis, Trenton Carroll, Carson DeLoy, Historian Chloe DeLoy, Sean Finnigan, Caila Fitchett, Secretary Mikayla Fleming, Treasurer Kaeleigh Gourieux, Noah Hall, David Insley, Jade Insley, Cloey Kreiner, and Vice President Lily Wright.


Advice to Families of Seniors

Senior Seminar students from the Class of 2022 discussed how their families can support them throughout their college search and application process. Check out this week's advice!

The Top Do’s and Don’t of a Parent with a Senior

  • DO listen to whatever your seniors say

They are the ones going to college, let them say what their concerns and hopes are.

  • DON'T ask many questions

Chances are your senior doesn’t want a q&a on college.

  • DO plan trips with college tours

Make a day out of it, spend time with your senior out eating or doing something.

  • DO set up an appointment with your senior's counselor

They will give you more sources and information so you can ask more specific questions and less basic questions (dorming, campus life, extracurriculars).

  • DON'T compare/push your college experience on your senior

You aren’t gonna be living through them in college, let them decide by themselves.

  • DO fill out the FAFSA

Get that free bag, it's simple.

  • DO be patient

Teenagers are indecisive and when it comes to big things like this, it's going to take time and probably a lot of mind switches.

  • DON'T guilt trip

If your senior decides to do something else with their life instead of college, don’t make them feel bad for it. College isn’t for everybody.

  • DON'T Assume

Just because your senior is on the couch watching squid games, doesn’t mean they haven’t done anything for their future.

  • DO remember your top priority

Make sure your senior is happy and confident with their decisions.

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Christmas Wreath Fundraiser

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Christmas Wreath sale benefiting this year's trip to Washington, DC begins today! Order forms were sent home & can be found in the HS office. Payment & orders must be turned in by Friday, November 12. Pick-up the week after Thanksgiving. Contact Ms. Sobek for more details.


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Varsity Volleyball

by Lily Finnigan

This past Tuesday, Varsity Volleyball became League Champs after winning all of their games against Deckerville! Both Becca Weiss and Addie Tresnak served 5 aces each. Lola Abromaitis, Becca Weiss, and Addie Tresnak all had a total of 6 kills. Becca Weiss also had 23 assists. Emma Raue got a total of 4 kills.

On Thursday, Varsity Volleyball played 5 games to win against North Huron. Addie Tresnak had 13 kills. Both Becca Weiss and Emma Raue got 10 kills each. Becca Weiss also had 38 assists. Lola Abromaitis got a total of 6 kills and Ashley Hickmott had 4 blocks.

Varsity Cross Country

by Ava DeVlaminck

On Saturday, the Varsity Cross Country team ran at the 2021 MHSAA Regional race. Congratulations to Aiden Fitchett on placing 4th in the region and qualifying for states. Aiden Fitchett ran 17:34, Noah Hall ran 20:08, Jackson Spencer ran 20:35, Connor Wolff ran 20:38, Matthew Hickmott ran 24:27, Tyler Biggs ran 27:55, and Matthew Livingston ran 28:01. Congrats to everyone on the team!

On the girls' team, Audrey Napolitano ran 22:53, Lily Finnigan ran 24:13, and Ava DeVlaminck ran 26:07. Congrats to everyone on the team!

Junior Varsity Volleyball

by Lily Finnigan

On Tuesday, JV volleyball played Deckerville for their last away game of the season. They lost but worked hard as a team. Both Madison Maday and Olivia Stickler served 2 aces each. Olivia Stickler also got 18 assists. Lily Finnigan got a total of 2 kills. Ava DeVlaminck had 2 blocks. Isabella Weier got 16 assists.

This past Thursday, JV Volleyball played their last game of the season at home and won against North Huron. Isabella Weier served 15 aces, and Sophia Peter had 5. Mackenzie Theobald had 7 kills.

The team finished the season with a winning 12-4 record. Congratulations!

Leonard's Christmas Extravaganza

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...And Gingerbread House Contest

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Who's Hungry?

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Need Someone to Talk to?

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Senior Seminar Speaker

St. Clair County Community College

by Avery Grondin

Out of all the community colleges, St. Clair County is the most interesting one. Jeanne Palmateer was the speaker informing my class about this Community College. Not only talking about the money aspect, she tells us about the community and activities we can enjoy. From hands-on learning to the view in your dorm, she tells us the best things about SC4.

With this speaker, I really like how she talked more about things you can do rather than the cost of the school. Talking about the county and how pretty it is, you can take advantage of that and plan activities like bike rides or walks. With SC4 being a community college, I was happily surprised that they provide dorms for students. Usually, with Community colleges, you live at home and commute because they don't provide dorms. Having the chance to go to college for cheaper and to have dorms is a really good way to save money, and get real life experience without being at home. Having dorms can also give people the opportunity to go to St. Clair if they don't live near the school.

Jeanne overall told us everything that could interest a future student. Telling us the advantages, money-wise, and the community aspect. Being near a body of water, you can enjoy your time in your dorm, and spend time with friends. Go to the sports games and be able to involve yourself with school spirit. You can join clubs or start one if you have an interest and find friends that way. Then the best thing is the cost, it's cheaper than a University and you get to do all the things you want that you could do at a huge college.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 1

Varsity Volleyball vs Genesee Christian @ Mayville - Bus @ 4:15 pm (to Mayville only, no bus back), game @ 6:00 pm

Tuesday, November 2

Josten's Cap and Gown/Class Ring Distribution - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM - Commons Area

Homework Club - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - HS Library

Project Graduation 2022 Meeting - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Library

Boys Basketball open gym for 6th, 7th, and 8th - 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM - Dryden Elementary

Wednesday, November 3


Staff Meeting - High School - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

7/8 Girls Basketball @ Deckerville - Bus departs @ 4:00 pm, 7th grade @ 6:00 pm, 8th grade @ 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 4

NHS Meeting @ 7:00 am

Homework Club - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - HS Library

Boys Basketball open gym for 6th, 7th, and 8th - 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM - Dryden Elementary

Friday, November 5

Speaker Senior Seminar - Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna - 7:25 AM to 8:30 AM

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Random Student Spotlight

Nick Abromaitis

Eighth grader Nick Abromaitis is a lifelong Cardinal! He loves the people in Dryden and enjoys playing basketball for the school. Nick adds sleep and hanging out with friends to his "favorite things to do" list. In the future, Nick would like to go into broadcasting and become a commentator. He also loves his energetic dogs, Duke and Buddy.

Lola Abromaitis

Participating in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Student Council (as the President), NHS, Drama Club, and S.A.D.D. keeps Dryden High School Junior Lola busy! She's been a Cardinal since preschool and has a dream career as a kindergarten teacher. Lola loves how close everyone is in Dryden and how involved the staff is with their students. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Friends and playing with her dogs, Duke and Buddy. After high school, Lola anticipates studying sports medicine. If you see Lola in the hallway, be sure to tell her your birthday! She promises she will remember it forever!

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 shoutout can be found under each week's new riddle.

This week's riddle:

I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?

Last week's riddle:

What has to be broken before you can use it?

Answer: An egg!

Winner: Jana Dieckmann

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The Team

Ava DeVlaminck - Editor

Nick Abromaitis - Reporter

Raghan DeLong - Reporter

Lily Finnigan - Reporter

Audrey Napolitano - Reporter

Ariela Perales - Reporter

Penelope Spencer - Reporter

Austin Kapron - Photographer

Joke of the Week

What has more letters than the alphabet?

The post office!


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