The Dryden Red and Black

October 14, 2020

Congratulations to the September Students of the Month!

Theme: Respect - a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

7th Grade

Chloe DeLoy

Nicklas Abromaitis

8th Grade

Lillian Wright

Sean Finnigan

9th Grade

Lily Finnigan

Aiden Fitchett

10th Grade

Adeline Tresnak

Colin Jones

11th Grade

Jana Dieckmann

Conner Fleming

12th Grade

Jackson Abromaitis

Teagan O’Bryan

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Powder Puff

This year's Powder Puff touch football game will be played at Stremler Field on Monday, October 19, 2020. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the game are $5.00 each, and exact change is required.

Class of 2021 Powder Puff Roster

Natalie Embree

Alyssa Daoud

Claire Sobek

Abby Hurd

Lauren Weeder

Lauren Pease

Caitlin Belleville

Riley Knox

Erin Boettcher

Erin Paton

Ashley Niehaus

Miya Wolff


Jack Kaplan

Nate Brown

Harry Atkinson

Underclassmen Powder Puff Roster

Jessica Peters

Jenna Peters

Isabela Hill

Destiny Ellis

Avery Grondin

Becca Weiss

Abigail Johnson

Lauren Abromaitis

Ashley Hickmott

Rilynn Lindsay


Merrick Maris

Caden Meulebrouck

Spirit Week

We may not have Homecoming this year, but that doesn't mean we don't have school spirit!

Introducing Fall Spirit Week: COVID Edition

Dress Up Days:

Monday, October 19: Favorite Team Day

Tuesday, October 20: Hunt or Be Hunted (Camo or Animal Print)

Wednesday, October 21: Pajama Day

Thursday, October 22: Destination Day

Friday, October 23: Red and Black Day

Covid Court

Nominations have been made, and voting is now underway! (Students, check your school email!)

The following students are in the running for this year's COVID Court:

9th grade (one male and one female representative will be chosen):
Ava DeVlaminck
Madison Maday
Sophia Peter

Jacob Burgess

10th grade (one male and one female representative will be chosen):

Emma Raue

Destiny Ellis

Tommy Giles

11th grade (one male and one female representative will be chosen):

Jenna Peters

Alaina Penn

Merrick Maris

Caden Meulebrouck

12th grade (one male Pandemic Prince and one female Pandemic Princess will be chosen):
AnnaMaria Cronkright

Jenna Pagano

Abby Hurd

Alexis Schuhrke

Jackson Abromaitis
Harry Atkinson
Reed Hall
Jack Kaplan

Good luck to all!

Representative results will be announced on October 16, and the Pandemic Prince and Princess will be crowned on Friday, October 23.

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Senior Seminar Speakers

Macomb Community College

by Jack Kaplan

After seeing the presentation from SC4, my interest in community college definitely took a leap forward. Now, after seeing all of the wonderful options MCC has to offer, it is definitely an option for me. The college is very close to home, and I would have an easy transit to and from school every day. Ms. Teri Pagano also highlighted the fact that a lot of MCC’s work is done hands-on, giving you tremendous experience in your field before you leave for the real world.

MCC sticks out as a more reliable community college to me, because I have used its online platform for about 2 years, and I am somewhat familiar with the college. Because a lot of the work is more hands-on than at other community colleges, I am keener to pick them as my next level of education than any other community institution. MCC has a very large amount of degrees that you can start, and the cost of going there would be much cheaper than going to a 4-year university. With COVID-19 reckoning with my future, community college doesn’t seem like a bad idea because I am assuming my classes next year will be taken online, and I do not want to pay upwards of 10,000 dollars to take online classes.

Although I will most likely end up going to a university for my post-secondary education, these speakers have certainly opened my eyes up to the road of community college. It would save me tremendous amounts of money, and because I have so many college credits already I would only have to attend for one year, then I would be off to a 4-year institution.

Michigan State University

by Caitlin Belleville

Michael Rick is an admissions counselor at MSU. He met with us over the computer last Friday, and talked about everything MSU has to offer. My dream school is MSU, so I think I am going to be a little biased. In my opinion, I think Michael Rick did a great job. He knew what he was talking about, and that is very important when it comes to trying to sell students on a school.

The first thing I liked about Michael was that at the very beginning he gave us options as

to what we wanted him to do. He told us that he could do the PowerPoint or he could just answer questions we had for him. I liked that because it showed that he has answered questions honestly, without having a PowerPoint to guide his words. I also liked it when he talked about the dorms. He said that your dorm is in a building with multiple people who are studying the same thing you are. I didn’t know that and thought it was really cool. He also said that we should get involved in as many clubs as we can because it looks good on job applications and it's a good way to meet new people.

All in all, Michael Rick was a phenomenal speaker. He knew exactly what he was talking about, and didn’t get annoyed when we had to leave due to the fire drill. He gave us information that was helpful and he was really honest with us. I will proudly give Michael Rick a 10/10.

Marching Into the Season

by Miya Wolff

The Dryden Junior High and High School bands have been hard at work, both in the classroom and on the track. They have been practicing their marching skills, along with their Halloween music, in preparation for their performance on October 30th. Some of their planned arrangements include Ghostbusters, Thriller, and Spooky Scary Skeletons. After lots of time away from the school and each other, the band members have found their ability to play together again, and are sounding better than ever! The Dryden Bands, led by music director Kaitlynn Klann, don’t plan to let COVID stand in their way from sharing their talent in any way they safely can. Great job, and keep up the amazing work!

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Band students take to the track as they practice socially distanced marching.

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Varsity Volleyball

by Connor Wolff

On Tuesday, September 29th, the Varsity Volleyball team took on Kingston and won 3 sets to 0. Becca Weiss had a great game with 31 assists and 2 aces. Erin Boettcher also played very well, with 15 kills, an ace, and 3 digs. Alyssa Daoud and Abby Hurd both got more than 6 kills with Daoud getting 9 and Hurd getting 8.

On Friday, October 2nd, the Varsity team played Deckerville and won another 3 sets to 0. Becca Weiss had a great game, with 19 assists, 5 kills, and 3 aces. Erin Boettcher also played well, with 9 kills, an ace, and an assist.

One week later, the Cardinals took on North Huron on Friday, October 9th. They defeated them in 3-1 sets. Erin Boettcher led the team in kills with a total of 18 for the night, followed by Alyssa Daoud with 15, and Ashley Hickmott with 4.

Great job, ladies, on all of your victories this past couple of weeks! This week the Cardinals will be taking on Akron-Fairgrove at home on Tuesday. Next week the girls will play Peck at home on Thursday, and then travel out to Bad Axe on Saturday. Good luck to our Lady Cardinals!

Junior High Volleyball

by Ava DeVlaminck

These past two weeks, the Junior High volleyball team has been rocking it! They have won their games and are having fun doing it! They played at Peck, CPS, and Caseville! For the CPS game, they won all for with the first game at 21-11, their second game at 21-9, their third game at, 21-7, and their fourth game at 21-13. Against Caseville, they won all four games. At the Peck game, they also won all four. Great job and keep up the great work!

Varsity Cross Country

by Ava DeVlaminck

These past two weeks, the Dryden Cross Country was very active! They raced at the Shepard Invite and the Saginaw Heritage Invite. At the Shepard Invite, all the Cardinals ran awesome times! For the girls, Ella Kage ran 22:30, Ava DeVlaminck ran 24:55, Audrey Napolitano ran 27:53, Lily Finnigan ran 29:46, and Madeline Carpenter ran a time of 34:50! For the boys, Aiden Fitchett ran 17:45, Reed Hall ran 18:08, Hunter Hughes ran 19:29, and Jackson Spencer ran a time of 22:56!

For the Saginaw Heritage meet, everyone did great! Although the meet was hot and flat, the team pulled through for an interesting race. Great job everyone and keep up the great work!

Varsity Football

by Nick Abromaitis

In the past two weeks, the Imlay City/Dryden football team have won in all of their games played. Good job Spartans/Cardinals! Let's look at each player's stats for the football team.

Yale vs. Imlay City Varsity Football, Friday, October 9th, 2020

Jack Kaplan: 7 rush, 103 yds 2 TD, 4/7 passing 53 yds 1TD/0INT/0PAT2

Cristian Rojas: 12 carries, 51 yds, TD,

Julian Rojas: 1 carries, 3 yds

Lance Wolford: 12 carries, 48 yds,

Dakota Sandzik: 6 carries, 9 yds, 3 catch, 63 yds TD,

Chris Cezik: 2 catch, 19 yds

Wyatt Luther: 4/4 PAT, 3 punts, 60 yds, 1/1 passing 29 yds

Armada vs. Imlay City Varsity Football, Oct 2nd, 2020

What a hard-fought win by the boys on the Imlay City/Dryden football team! Let's look at the stats for the Armada vs. Imlay City/Dryden football team!

Jack Kaplan: 4 rush, 4 yds, 2/4 passing 23 yds 0TD/1INT/0PAT2

Cristian Rojas: 13 carries,146 yds, TD

Julian Rojas: 2 carries, 16 yds

Lance Wolford: 9 carries, 43 yds

Dakota Sandzik: 10 carries, 54 yds, 2 catches, 23 yds

Wyatt Luther: 1/1 PAT, 2 punts, 85 yds

Once again, what hard-fought football games. If you would like to watch the Football Team play, you can watch them either on youtube, or NFHS Network. Good job, boys, and let's win some more football games!

The Cardinals are on the NFHS Network!

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 14


  • SAT/PSAT - NMSQT Testing - 7:25 AM to 1:00 PM (High School - MPR & Gym)

  • Varsity Soccer MHSAA Districts - 9:00 AM (Time TBD)

  • High School Parent-Teacher Conferences - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • 7th/8th Grade Football @ IC vs North Branch - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Junior High Volleyball @ Kingston - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:30 PM. 7th @ 6:00 pm; 8th @ 7:00 PM)

  • Project Graduation 2021 Meeting - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (High School Library)

Thursday, October 15

  • PowderPuff Practice - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (Football Field)

  • High School Parent-Teacher Conferences - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • JV Football @ North Branch - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:45 PM)

  • JV/V Volleyball vs Peck - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (JV @ 6:00 PM; V @ 7:30 PM)

  • Dryden Basketball open gym - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Dryden Elementary)

Friday, October 16

  • Senior Seminar Speaker - SSgt Michael Rains, USMC - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

  • PowderPuff Practice - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (Football Field

  • Varsity Football @ IC vs North Branch - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday, October 17

  • Varsity XC @ Mayville - 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Varsity Volleyball @ Bad Axe - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Monday, October 19

  • Yearbook Club - High School - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Room 167)

  • Junior High Volleyball vs Mayville - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (7th @ 6:00 pm; 8th @ 7:00 PM)

  • Powderpuff Game - Juniors vs Seniors - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (High School Football Field)

Tuesday, October 20

  • Varsity XC NCTL Meet @ Mayville - 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Bus departs @ 2:15 PM)

  • Varsity Volleyball @ Mayville - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:45 PM)

Wednesday, October 21


  • PSAT 8/9 Testing - 7:25 AM to 12:00 PM (High School - MPR)

  • Senior Seminar Speaker - Lisa Wheeler - Mott Community College - 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

  • Dryden High School PLC #2 - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Library)

  • 7th/8th Grade Football @ Richmond - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (Bus departs @ 3:15 PM)

  • Junior High XC @ Mayville NCTL Meet - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:15 PM)

  • Junior High Volleyball @ North Huron - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:00 PM. 7th @ 6:00 pm; 8th @ 7:00 PM)

  • Athletic Boosters Meeting - 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM (High School Library)

Thursday, October 22

  • JV Football @ Almont - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:45 PM)

  • JV/V Volleyball vs Genesee - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (JV @ 6:00 PM; V @ 7:30 PM)

Friday, October 23

  • Senior Seminar Speaker - David Clayton, Families Against Narcotics - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

  • Varsity Football @ IC vs Almont - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday, October 24

  • Varsity XC Thumb Area Championships - 10:40 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Junior High XC @ Caro - CANCELLED

Monday, October 26

  • Yearbook Club - High School - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Room 167)

Tuesday, October 27

  • JV/V Volleyball vs Kingston - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (JV @ 6:00 PM; V @ 7:30 PM)

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It Starts In Dryden

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Alumni: We need you!

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

Today’s riddle: I am very easy to get into, but it is hard to get out of me. What am I?

Last issue’s riddle: A man who was outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat didn’t get a single hair on his head wet. Why?

Answer: Because he's bald

Last issue’s winner: Noah Hall

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Random Student Spotlight

Junior High Student

by Lily Finnigan

Our junior high student in the spotlight today is Rowan Handley! Rowan is a 7th grader at Dryden High School and has been in Dryden since he was just 3 years old. His favorite thing about Dryden is sports, and he is an avid football and baseball player. He enjoys these sports so much, in fact, that his dream career would be as an NFL or MLB player. However, he says he is not a Lions fan. Looking towards high school, Rowan looks forward to playing on the varsity teams. When it comes to school itself, Rowan says that the most challenging part of life during COVID is having to do everything online. Congratulations Rowan, and good luck with your online classes!

High School Student

by Lily Finnigan

Today in our Random Student Spotlight we have senior Reed Hall! Reed has been a student at Dryden for his entire elementary and high school career. During high school he has run for the varsity cross country and track teams, and been a part of numerous clubs including Drama, SADD, and NHS. Reed’s favorite thing about attending Dryden schools is the relationship he is able to have with his teachers since it is such a small school. Outside of school he enjoys playing video games and running. At this time, Reed is not quite sure what his dream career is, but he is considering either environmental science or sports medicine. Whatever major he decides to choose in the future, he plans on attending Macomb Community College after he graduates, and then transferring to a university. For Reed, the most challenging thing about life during COVID has been the lack of consistency. “Since mid March I've found it hard to have consistency in my days. Some days I do a lot of stuff and am busy, and other days I do nothing. Looking forward to normalcy again too.” He says. Some other fun facts about Reed are that he is a huge sports fan, and he loves chicken tenders with BBQ sauce. Congratulations Reed, and keep up the great work!

The Team

Miya Wolff - Head Editor

Ava DeVlaminck - Editor

Connor Wolff - Reporter

Nick Abromaitis - Reporter

Lily Finnigan - Reporter

Quote Of The Week

“Make the most of what you have and keep your standards high. Never settle for anything less than you deserve or are capable of achieving.”

- Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Joke of the Week

What do you call a pencil without lead?



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