The Dryden Red and Black

November 8, 2021

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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!

  1. Realize that your kid is grown up: They are 18 or almost about 18 years old and they need to realize what's in the real world.
  2. Be a supportive parent: Don't take control, just be there for them and just have fun with the memories.
  3. Let your child have their own pace: Don't force them to do college applications.
  4. Talk to your kid about college at least once a week: To see where they are with applications and so that you know what they want to do.
  5. Support your child with money: Start up an account to save up money.
  6. Stay ahead of things: Don't get behind on applications or other things for college.
  7. Focus on the school your student wants to attend: Visit! Find the perfect fit.
  8. Have food when talking about college: It would be awkward if you don't have something in front of you to help distract.
  9. Don't rush. Be patient: We always change our minds, so just be patient with us.
  10. Realistic expectations: Applying to colleges is more competitive than it used to be.
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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.

Vaccine Clinics

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Varsity Volleyball

by Lily Finnigan

This past Tuesday, Varsity Volleyball played their first district game. They played Genesee Christian and sadly lost, ending their season. Jenna Peters got 4 digs. Addie Tresnak had a total of 9 kills. Ashley Hickmott, Becca Weiss, and Lola Abromaitis had 5 kills each. Becca Weiss also got 16 assists. Avery Grondin had a total of 4 kills.

Varsity volleyball ended their season 16-2. Great job this season, ladies!

Varsity Cross Country

by Ava DeVlaminck

On Saturday, Aiden Fitchett competed at the D4 State Meet at the Michigan International Speedway. Aiden had a good battle to get 36th in the state! He ran a new personal best of 17:26 and absolutely killed it. Great job, Aiden!

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

Mott Community College

by Ashley Hickmott

After hearing from three community colleges, all of them over zoom, the information can get a little mashed together, and harder to distinguish who said what. The three colleges have a lot of overlapping information, but that is expected.

Mott Community College is located in Flint, they do not offer housing, but you can take online classes from home if you don’t want to commute. Lisa Wheeler had a presentation along with her overviewing and going into the benefits of going to Mott. The first and main one was that it’s a lot cheaper than going to a 4-year university right off the bat. Mott’s annual tuition and fee are approximately 50% less than a regular 4-year university. Getting your general education classes done at a community college rather than a university can save you thousands of dollars. After getting your associate's degree, you can transfer from Mott and continue your education at a four-year college. You will get all your credits and degree for a significant amount less. I think it's very smart and important to weigh out your options with community colleges. If you do not know what you want to do, in career terms, Mott can be a great gateway to many professions.

Rather than going to a 4-year university when you have no idea what you want to do, you can take it slow with your gen ed classes at Mott and while you are learning material you may find some that interest you. Community college is very overlooked and often looked down on, but it's such an amazing opportunity for students who don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on basic classes.

Wayne Haney, Farm Bureau Insurance

by Jenna Peters

Everyone in the class wondered why Ms. Czerwinski had an insurance guy come and talk to us, it all made sense once he started talking. Most teenagers think they know about a lot of things when they really don't, and that would include us. Our parents share the basic things with us but never really go in depth about it. Insurance is one of those things that you think you know about when you really don't. Wayne Haney from Farm Bureau Insurance taught us a lot of useful things about life insurance, health insurance, car insurance, and more.

The only thing I have really been taught is that when you wreck a car, you pay some of it and insurance pays a lot more. Wayne Haney mentioned something that I thought was interesting and never heard before. He went on about how you can put insurance on anything and used a desk as his example. I was very interested thinking “I could put insurance on myself.” This kind of made me laugh but it's an actual thing called life insurance. Life insurance is something that you get for yourself and when you die, your family or whoever gets money for your death. I never really looked into this or thought it was a thing.

He taught us about health insurance as well as car insurance. Health insurance is something that is useful if you are always going to the doctor or getting severely hurt. They help pay for your medical expenses. Most college students don't have health insurance, so I think that was useful. Car insurance is something I know the most about. I have hit a deer and had to deal with my car insurance going up because I'm young and got into an accident. So they pay part of it and you pay the other part.

Wayne Haney was very useful for our class. He taught us things that we should know going into college or moving out on our own. It is really important to learn about and know what you are getting yourself into. He didn't try to persuade us to get his insurance which I thought was very respectable. Overall, the speaker was very helpful and interesting to listen to.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 8

Boys Basketball Open Gym - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - High School Gym

7/8 Girls Basketball vs Akron - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Monthly School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM - High School Library

Tuesday, November 9

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

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

Wednesday, November 10


Senior Seminar Speaker: Madeline Reilly Reeves, Western Michigan University - 7:30-8:30 AM

Boys Basketball Open Gym - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - High School Gym

7/8 Girls Basketball vs Genesee - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

FAFSA Workshop - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - High School Library

Thursday, November 11

NJHS Meeting - 7:00 AM to 7:15 AM - Room 331

1/2 Day - High School - 7:25 AM to 10:35 AM

1/2 Day - Elementary - 8:30 AM to 12:10 PM

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 12

Boys Basketball Open Gym - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM - High School 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 shoutout can be found under each week's new riddle.

by Penelope Spencer

This week's riddle:

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

Last week's riddle:

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

Answer: A candle!

Winner: Lola Abromaitis

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The Team

Ava DeVlaminck - Editor

Nick Abromaitis - Reporter

Raghan DeLong - Reporter

Lily Finnigan - Reporter

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Joke of the Week

Why don't eggs tell jokes?

They'd crack each other up.


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