The Dryden Red and Black

September 30, 2020

COVID Impacts School

by Nick Abromaitis

In March of 2020, a global pandemic hit the US called the coronavirus or COVID-19. States started getting cases, second by second! September is here and we're back at school.

We asked two kids and one teacher about how COVID-19 has impacted school. Ian Tresnak said, "It makes it harder to interact with friends." Dalton Beaulieu said, "It's hard to follow these safety rules." Mrs. Logan said that "It is hard teaching the online kids and the in-person kids, at the same time." COVID-19 is very harsh on the states, countries, and more.

So please, do your part, keep 6 feet apart, wash your hands, and WEAR THE MASK! We can do this!

Watch the Cardinals on the NFHS Network!

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Can we count on you, #proudcardinal families?

Whether your photos were at home or at school, masked up or unmasked, we want to see your 7th-12th graders in their First Day of School photos in the Yearbook!

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Senior Seminar Speakers

Central Michigan University

by Teagan O’Bryan

We are coming to a point in our lives where a lot of very important decisions need to be made, particularly what we will do after high school. Will we go to college? If so, what university is the best fit for each of us? This decision has to be based on many factors such as financial aspects, social aspects, and mainly career aspirations. This task seems very overwhelming, but by contacting several college admission representatives and being able to have an open line of communication with them through the senior seminar class, we can better determine what will be the right fit for us when it comes time to choose our path.

On September 11, we were given the opportunity to speak with a representative from Central Michigan University, Matthew Warren. CMU is a college many of us are planning to apply to, due to the distance from home, campus life, and opportunity for scholarships. Though it is on many of our lists, most people don’t know that much about the university itself and what it has to offer prospective students. After listening to what Matthew Warren, our class seemed more intrigued about Central Michigan University. He told us about Central’s different areas of interest, such as sports, clubs, organizations, on-campus amenities, including the gym and career guidance options. He also went more in-depth about what majors the university offers, ranging from business to social sciences, to careers in education.

We discussed the potential scholarship options available, for students who have taken the SAT or ACT, as well as for those who have not, due to COVID related delays. This really piqued my interest in the school, as it shows that they are attempting to adapt to the struggles and obstacles that have been in the way for most of the senior class over this last year. I found that his visit, though over zoom call, was very beneficial to not only my decision to apply but also to my overall knowledge of the school itself, which definitely made it one of my top choices. I am rather excited about applying, and hopefully being accepted by Central Michigan University, and potentially furthering my education at this institution.

St. Clair County Community College

by Erin A. Boettcher

This week's college speaker was a representative from Saint Clair County Community College, otherwise known as SC4. The woman's name was Jeanne Palmateer, and she understood and answered all of my questions and concerns. She went to SC4 for two years to save money on her college education in total. A lot of what she preached to us was about finances. Probably because that is what the point of community colleges is, saving money! However, she also provided us with a lot of fun information about the college community itself.

One component of SC4 I really found interesting was their location. Their campus is absolutely beautiful. They are right by the water and a river actually flows through the campus itself. There's a fun bridge, and lights going from building to building. If you've ever been to Fremont Street in Las Vegas, it feels very similar to that. The way the buildings are set up feels more like a funky town in Detroit rather than an education center. It takes away the school-ey feel from school, while you still earn a wonderful education!

I personally have visited SC4 for sports purposes, and their active facilities are very nice. In fact, SC4 has been ranked as the #1 community college in Michigan for having the best facilities for sports. Most community colleges have lacking sports teams, but not SC4. I have played against many girls who went to SC4 for volleyball and they were all amazing!

For a small community college, SC4 has many fun activities and programs they offer to students. There are educational programs and then those for the purpose of enjoyment. Tutoring is one cool component of the educational programs. Going to college is challenging and having a source to help you is very reassuring. SC4 offers many fun clubs, but my personal favorite is their intramural sports teams. Many community colleges don’t offer these so I think it’s super fun that they do!

After hearing all of the cool components SC4 has to offer, I think it’d be a super fun place to go to college for two years, not only save some money (because who doesn’t love that) but also to have a blast with all of the amusing clubs and activities they provide!

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Varsity Volleyball

by Miya Wolff

On Thursday, September 17, the Varsity Volleyball team took on Peck and won 3 sets to 0. Becca Weiss had a great game with 20 assists, 2 kills, and 9 aces. Erin Boettcher also played very well, with 14 kills, 6 aces, and 2 digs. Alyssa Daoud and Abby Hurd each had 4 kills of their own. Hurd also had 6 aces, and Daoud had 4.

After defeating the Pirates, the Lady Cardinals went to Almont for a quad on Monday, September 21. There they beat Ford but lost to Almont and Bad Axe. Despite coming out of the quad with a 1-2 record, the ladies played well. Becca Weiss totaled 53 assists for the night, along with a kill and an ace. Erin Boettcher contributed 23 kills for the night, with 2 aces as well. Both Alyssa Daoud and Avery Grondin had 8 kills and 1 block.

The next day, Tuesday, September 22, the Varsity team played Mayville at home and won another 3 sets to 0. Erin Paton had a great game, with 4 digs, 2 kills, and 2 aces. Abby Hurd also played well, with 12 kills and 2 digs of her own.

Later that week, the Cardinals took a trip out to Genesee on Thursday the 24th. They defeated the Wolves in all 3 sets. Alyssa Daoud led the team in kills with a total of 8 for the night, followed by Erin Boettcher with 5, and Abby Hurd with 4.

Great job, ladies, on all of your victories this past couple of weeks! This week the Cardinals will be taking on Deckerville at home on Thursday. Next week the girls will play Owen-Gage at home on Tuesday, and then travel out to North Huron on Thursday. Good luck to our Lady Cardinals!

Cross Country

by Ava DeVlaminck

These past two weekends the Dryden Cross Country Team was busy. They had two meets and practice every day. The meets were at Mayville and Webberville. At the Mayville meet, everyone ran great! The girl runners were Ella Kage with a time of 24:06, Ava DeVlaminck with a time of 26:54, Lily Finnigan with a time of 32, and Madeline Carpenter with a time of 37:47! Not only did all of these girls do great, but the boys crushed it too! Aiden Fitchett ran 18:45, Reed Hall ran 18:51, Hunter Hughes ran 20:09, and Jackson Spencer ran 24:27! At Webberville, Reed Hall broke 18 minutes and Hunter Hughes broke 20 minutes! Aiden Fitchett, Jackson Spencer, Lily Finnigan, and Madeline Carpenter all ran a personal record! Great job, everyone, and keep up the great work!

Varsity Football

by Nick Abromaitis

On Friday night, the 18th of September, Dryden and Imlay City played Cros-Lex at Cros-Lex. The players from Dryden that play on the Imlay City Varsity football team are Jack Kaplan, Jordan West, and Jacob Burgess. Here were the leading stats for the Imlay City and the Dryden co-op football team:

Jack Kaplan: 5 rush, 13 yds, 3/6 passing 35 yds 0TD/1INT/0PAT2

Cristian Rojas: 13 carries, 71 yds, 1TD

Julian Rojas: 4 carries, 17yds

Lance Wolford: 10 carries, 38 yds, TD

Dakota Sandzik: 4 carries, 15 yds, 2 catches, 19 yds

Chris Cezik: 1 reception, 16 yds

Brady Vanderploeg: 2 carries, 32 yds

Unfortunately, IC and Dryden lost the battle against Cros-Lex 52-12. Good try, IC and Dryden! We can get them next time!

Imlay City and Dryden played against Algonac on the 25th of September. Good job on the 34-14 win against Algonac! Let's check the stats for the IC and Dryden team!

Jack Kaplan: 3 rush, 0 yards, 2/7 passing 68 yds 0Touchdowns/1Interceptions/0Point after touchdown 2

Cristian Rojas: 11 carries, 129 yards, 3 Touchdowns

Julian Rojas: 2 carries, 15 yards, 1 punt return 16 yards

Lance Wolford: 3 carries, 5 yds

Dakota Sandzik: 8 carries, 104 yards, touchdown, 1 catch, 13 yards

Chris Cezik: 1 reception, 55 yards

Aaron Evely: 8 carries, 79 yards, touchdown

Ray Liu: 2 kick returns, 37 yards

Wyatt Luther: 4/5 PAT, 3 punts, 107 yards.

Once again, good job IC and Dryden on the win against Algonac! Let's go win some more football games!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 30


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

  • Varsity Soccer @ Richmond - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (Bus departs @ 3:00 PM)

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

Thursday, October 1

  • JV Football @ Armada - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:30 PM)

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

Friday, October 2

  • Senior Seminar Speaker - Teri Pagano, Macomb CC - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

  • JV Soccer @ IC vs Marysville - 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

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

Saturday, October 3

  • Junior High Volleyball @ NCTL Tournament @ SC4 - 8:00 AM (Time TBD)

  • Varsity XC @ Shepard Blue Jay Invite - 9:40 AM to 1:00 PM

Monday, October 5

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

  • CST Meeting - 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

  • Varsity Soccer @ Almont - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (Bus departs @ 3:45 PM)

  • Junior High Volleyball vs Peck - Oct 5 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (7th @ 6:00 pm; 8th @ 7:00 PM)

Tuesday, October 6

  • Picture Retakes -Dryden Elementary

  • Picture Retakes - High School (High School MPR)

  • Cap & Gown/Class Rings Presentation for 12th/10th Grade - 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM (High School Commons Area)

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

Wednesday, October 7


  • Staff Meeting - High School - 2:35 PM to 3:35 PM

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

  • Varsity Soccer @ North Branch - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (Bus departs @ 3:15 PM)

  • Junior High Volleyball vs Caseville - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (1 game only @ 6PM)

  • JV Soccer @ North Branch - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Bus departs @ 3:15 PM)

Thursday, October 8

  • SAT - Pre ID - 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM (High School - MPR)

  • JV Football @ Yale - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:30 PM)

  • JV/V Volleyball @ North Huron - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:00 PM. JV @ 6:00 PM; V @ 7:30PM)

Friday, October 9

  • Senior Seminar Speaker - Rhonda VanderZwaag, EMU - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

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

Saturday, October 10

  • Varsity XC @ Saginaw Heritage Invite - 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Monday, October 12

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

  • Varsity Soccer @ IC vs Cros- Lex - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

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

  • Monthly School Board Meeting - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Library)

Tuesday, October 13

  • Cap & Gown Ordering/ Class Rings (High School Commons Area)

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

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 8:00 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)

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Today’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?

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Random Student Spotlight

Junior High Student

The Junior High student in our spotlight today is Cloey Kreiner! Cloey is an 8th grader at Dryden Jr/Sr High School and is a new student at the school this year. So far, she says the people at Dryden have been very nice to her. She is currently a member of the Junior High Cross Country team and looks forward to being on the high school team next year. She says that masks have been the most difficult part of the school year so far, as she does not really care for them at all. Outside of school, Cloey enjoys cooking and going to church, as well as photography. Shown is an example of a picture she took herself! Cloey also loves being with her friends and family, and her dream career would be as a social worker. Congratulations, Cloey, and welcome to Dryden!

High School Student

Today in our Random Student Spotlight we have Ashley Hickmott! Ashley has been in Dryden since preschool and says she loves how close everyone in the community is. “Everyone is friends and it's so chill,” she says. She is also an avid athlete, playing volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. Outside of school, Ashley enjoys hanging out with friends and watching Harry Potter or Marvel movies. The hardest part about dealing with COVID for her was not being able to hang out with her friends and go places because everywhere has been closed. When asked about her dream career, Ashley replied “A millionaire with no job would obviously be the best, but realistically a travel nurse, where I can travel the world and help people.” After high school, she plans to pursue a career in nursing, possibly at Oakland, Wayne, or Central. Congratulations, Ashley, and keep up the great work!

The Team

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Ava DeVlaminck - Editor

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Nick Abromaitis - Reporter

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