The Dryden Red and Black

November 15, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

When we asked Dryden Junior/Senior High School students and staff to express their gratitude, this is how they responded:

  • Rowan, 8th grade: I am most thankful for my parents because they are always there for me and they put a roof over my head and buy me anything I need.
  • Carson, 8th grade: I am most thankful for the liquid gold that is gravy.
  • Hilary Young, Senior: I am most thankful for my best friend because he pushes me to achieve my dreams and never gives up on me.
  • Aubrie Miller, Freshman: I am most thankful for my mom and friends because they help me when I need help and they cheer me up when I’m upset or stressed.
  • Cloey Kreiner, Freshman: I am most thankful for my family! My family means so much to me because they gave me a second chance and they have helped me overcome so many battles in my life. I am also very thankful for my church! I have so many friends there and they all love me so much!
  • Kayden Garner, 7th grade: I am most thankful for my friends and family and for being born, and for also having God and my best friend Conner.
  • Levi Fitchett, 6th grade: I am most thankful for my family. Without them, I wouldn't have a house over my head, food, and everything else that I've been taking for granted. Without them, I wouldn't have been pushed to do my best and to always try as hard as I can. Without them, I wouldn't be the person I am today.
  • Luke Oliver, 8th grade: I am most thankful for family and friends because I wouldn't have anything to do when I'm bored and when I'm sad they are there for me.
  • Kai Grabowski, 6th grade: I am most thankful for my family and teachers, without them I would never have learned to read, do math, or anything else, my family couldn't homeschool. My brother makes me happy, my mom helps me with anything that is troubling me, my dad protects me. I couldn't survive without them.
  • Caila Fitchett, 8th grade: My family and friends. God has blessed me with so many amazing relationships that have helped me become a better person. I'm thankful for the life I have and those in it who have helped me along the way. I'm thankful for the mistakes that have helped me learn to do better and I'm thankful for God who sacrificed everything so I could be alive.
  • Sydney Rodriguez, Junior: I am most thankful for my friends, family, and teachers because they push me to do my best and want to see me succeed in life!
  • Mrs. Marta, Library: I am most thankful for my job here in the Dryden Junior/Senior High School library. I truly enjoy interacting with the students, and helping them develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills (along with giving almost everybody in the Western hemisphere a Chromebook to use for school-lol!)
  • Raeshell, Sophomore: I am most thankful for my friends and family because they will always be there when I need them the most.
  • Ian Weier, Sophomore: I am most thankful for my family, friends, teachers, and peers! They are my favorites out of the whole earth and life. I am thankful to be here in Dryden to have a lot of good friends and teachers. Thank you for all you do!
  • Wyatt Schultz, 7th grade: My parents because they bought me a new tablet.
  • Madilyn Thorman, 8th grade: My family and friends because they have always been there for me during hard and good times.
  • Arianna Lavalla, Freshman: My family because there always there for me and never let me down.
  • Keira Miller, Freshman: I am most thankful for my mother because she has done everything for me even when she had no time to do so.
  • Conner Fleming, Senior: I am most thankful for the support I am given whilst trying to achieve something. Not only does it boost confidence, but it's just helpful.
  • Brianna Snavely, 8th grade: I am thankful for everything I have, I don't deserve any of it. I'm very thankful for my parents and all of my family in Kentucky, always wishing I was there with them. I'm thankful for everything my parents do for me. Thank you to everyone.
  • Vanessa, 7th grade: For my family and friends because when I am feeling down they cheer me up so I can keep living free.
  • Mrs. Maday, Teacher: I am most thankful for God, my family, friends, and students. I am thankful my daughter attends Dryden with me. School is a better place with her! I am also thankful for my work besties. I couldn't ask for better friends that I can count on for love and support. I am thankful for the love and kindness I receive from my students. They are a big reason why I love my job. Finally, I am so thankful to work in Dryden with such caring administration. I have so many reasons to be thankful!
  • Austin Kapron, 8th grade: I am so thankful for how hard my dad works to make my life awesome.
  • Karlie Harris, 8th grade: I am thankful for a lot of things in my life, but I am most thankful for my family and friends I have, the clothes on my body, the good health I have, and the good healthy food I come home to and lastly being able to live another day!!
  • Lina Earle, Junior: I am most thankful for my family. I am thankful for them because they always make sure I’m okay & they wish the best for me always. They always want me to be happy even if they aren’t happy themselves. They put my happiness before theirs. I would do anything for my family because I know they will do anything for me.
  • Gio Giganti, Freshman: I'm thankful for everything I have in my life. My parents supporting me, to my teachers giving me a great education. I am very proud of myself and the person I am becoming. I couldn't do it without the community of Dryden, though. Without all the teachers and students here, I wouldn't be able to type this as we speak. I am thankful for the healthy life I am in and how my parents raised me.
  • Mrs. Torok, Teacher: I'm thankful for my students! They are so creative and expressive with their artwork. They make teaching a wonderful experience. They always bring a smile to my face and brighten my day. Every day they remind me of how important it is to love what you do for a living to have a happy and peaceful life. Thanks for being awesome students!
  • Ms. Brinker, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: My family. They have been my biggest supporters, helping me through my struggles and celebrating in my triumphs. I do not know where I would be without them supporting me along the way.
  • Ariela Perales, 7th grade: My family they always are there for me, Close friends because I can talk about my feelings without being judged, My good health and not being sick, My home the roof over my head and somewhere I can actually have a bed and sleep, The food that I have and not starving, The education that I have and that some people don't have, and my pets, my cat Stormy and my grandma's dog Kia.
  • Lola Abromaitis, Junior: I am most thankful for the amazing staff at Dryden. They are always so helpful, fun, and very protective of us, something not everyone gets to go home to.

Dryden Light Parade

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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!

  • Support their decisions

Your teenager wants to have your support with whatever they do so keep that in mind.

  • Be proud of your kid and what they become

Always make sure your kid knows that you're proud of them so they know they have people standing behind them.

  • Help out financially

Most teenagers in college aren't going to be working full time so they aren't going to have enough money, especially right out of college.

  • Don't compare them to their siblings

Comparing kids to their siblings can be very damaging to their self-esteem.

  • Be patient

Everyone can get confused so being patient can be very helpful and encouraging.

  • Help find the best college fit for them

Make sure you take them to visit the colleges they’re interested in so they are happy with their final decision.

  • Set realistic expectations

Nobody is perfect so don't set really high expectations; it can cause unnecessary stress.

  • Don't force your kid to go where you want them to

Everybody wants to make their own decisions so let them go where they want, not where you want because you're not living their life.

  • Don't ask too many questions--they already have a lot going on

Nobody that's about to go off to college wants to be asked a bunch of questions all the time, especially when they are still stressed about their college work

  • Don't lecture them

Lectures have to be one of the worst things ever it makes them defensive. Go about it using a different approach.

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Vaccine Clinics

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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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Upcoming Events

Monday, November 15

Varsity Baseball Winter Weight Training - 6:00 - 7:00 PM - High School Weight Room

Tuesday, November 16

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

Wednesday, November 17


7/8 Girls Basketball @ Peck - Bus departs @ 4:30 pm, 7/8 grade girls @ 6:00 pm

Athletic Boosters Meeting - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM - High School Library

Thursday, November 18

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

Varsity Baseball Winter Weight Training - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - High School Weight Room

POSTPONED Fall Band Concert - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM - MPR

Friday, November 19

Speaker Senior Seminar Lapeer County Community Foundation & Four County Community Foundation - 7:25 AM to 8:30 AM

7/8 Girls Basketball @ Caseville - Bus departs @ 3:45 pm, 7/8 grade @ 6:00 pm

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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.

by Penelope Spencer

This week's riddle:

What question can you never say yes to?

Last week's riddle:

What is always in front of you but can't be seen?

Answer: The future

Winner: No correct answers were submitted!

Random Student of the Week

Brianna Snavely

Brianna is an 8th grader who plays softball and volleyball. In fact, her dream career is as a professional volleyball player! As a lifelong Cardinal, Brianna loves the people and sports in Dryden. Spending time with her friends Karlie and Kaitlynn is important to her, and Brianna also has three horses and two dogs to keep her busy.

Want To Join The School Paper?

The Dryden Red and Black is looking for new members! If you like to write or think you have something we could add to the paper, then we would love to see you at our meetings. Even if writing isn't your strong suit, members for photography, reporting, and editing are all welcome! If you are interested in joining, hit the button below and fill out the form, or talk to one of the current members. We look forward to seeing you on the team!

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Mark Your Calendars!

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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

by Audrey Napolitano

Why couldn't the bicycle stand up by itself? It was two tired.

Quote of the Week

by Nick Abromaitis

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”- Dr. Seuss


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