The Dryden Red and Black

October 28, 2020

Powderpuff 2020

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The Juniors/Sophomores Defeat the Seniors!

by Miya Wolff

On Monday, October 19, the Class of 2021 and the combined team of the Classes of 2022 & 2023 faced off in an exciting game of flag football. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the girls toughed it out, ending the night with a 30-24 victory for the juniors and sophomores. It was close down to the very end, with the winning touchdown scored by junior Becca Weiss in the last minute of the game. Other touchdowns in the game were scored by seniors Erin Boettcher and Natalie Embree, juniors Avery Grondin and Jenna Peters, and sophomore Jessica Peters.

Congratulations, Class of 2022/2023, and good luck next year, when you’ll get to take on each other!

Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the 2020 Homecoming Court: COVID Edition!

9th grade:
Sophia Peter

Aiden Fitchett

10th grade:

Destiny Ellis

Tommy Giles

11th grade:

Jenna Peters

Merrick Maris

12th grade:

Jackson Abromaitis

Harry Atkinson

Reed Hall

Jack Kaplan

AnnaMaria Cronkright

Abby Hurd

Jenna Pagano

Alexis Schuhrke

The 2020 Homecoming King and Queen are Alexis Schuhrke and Harry Atkinson.

Congratulations, Harry & Alexis!

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2020 Homecoming Court

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Face-to-face vs. Virtual Learning

by Jason Richardson

This school year at Dryden we had challenges because we are dealing with COVID 19. Some of the kids in our district went virtual. Some went to in-person school. Some of the virtual students do not like virtual and some do.

One of the virtual students, Ian Weier, explained, “What I like about virtual school is if we get all of our work done and if the teachers are nice, we can log off. I also like it because some people like me are in Summit Learning and Edgenuity, it's easier. What I don't like about Virtual school is not seeing friends and teachers. I will rather be virtual because even though there might be a little distraction. Being home is easier especially if you have an online class like Summit. I also like it because during breaks and lunch I can hang out with family and do my stuff for a few minutes.”

Two high school teachers, Mrs. Sisler and Mr. Anderson, were interviewed. I chose these teachers because I wanted to know what they thought of virtual school versus in person school.

The questions I asked were: what do you like about virtual school? what don't you like about virtual school? if you could change one thing what would it be? and would you be virtual or would you have in-person?

She answered, “ I enjoy teaching face to face much better. I like to connect with my students on a personal level, but that can be hard to do when students are attending class virtually in a synchronous class model. All I can see are little icons that represent who each student is on my computer screen, and everyone is so afraid to talk because it is so new to us all. When people are in a classroom together, we are relaxed and there are a lot more chances to have fun while learning. I have even noticed a difference in the students who are in the classroom because they don’t like having the camera on them during class, so they sit still and are very quiet. If I could change anything about this, it would be for it to go back to the traditional way of teaching. I would have all of my students here with me in a classroom where we could celebrate finishing a test or big project with snacks or candy, and we could move around the classroom to socialize with friends. We could also go back to working together in small groups where we learn from each other and have the chance to get to know each other better. I used to have carpeted areas where students could choose to sit during class. Now, we are limited to sitting at our desks, in rows, and facing forward while wearing our masks. It is so hard to tell if people are smiling at us, which always made me feel just a little bit happier. I miss the way it used to be a lot!”

Finally, Mr. Anderson answered, "I like to see my students in their home environments and to see them more relaxed than they would be in the school setting. It is frustrating when technology doesn’t work the way it is supposed to. Luckily, we have the vast majority of the bugs worked out. I would get rid of the glitches. I would rather teach in person. I like to see our students socialize and I miss having fun little spontaneous conversations with all of my students.

The questions I asked a face to face student are: what do you not like about in-person school? would you rather do virtual or go to the classroom? and if you could change one thing, what would it be? Matthew Hickmott said, “The thing that I like about-face to face school is that I won't be bored in class. The one thing I don't like about in-person school is the mask. I would rather go to the classroom because when I did virtual I could not pay attention for too long. One thing I would change is that I would allow more people to be at a desk than one.”

In conclusion, virtual school is hard to work with, and we miss seeing each other.

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Poinsettia & Greens Fundraiser

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Orders due by November 7

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Senior Seminar Speakers

Eastern Michigan University

by Teagan O'Bryan

On Friday, October 2, the Senior Seminar class was given the opportunity to hear from a representative from Eastern Michigan University. Since hearing about the college and all the great things this institution has to offer, it definitely has become an option to look into further. Ms. Rhonda VanderZwaag spoke to our class about the course offerings, potential scholarship opportunities, and what makes Eastern Michigan University really stand out.

EMU really sets itself apart from other surrounding colleges by offering one of the top teaching programs in the state, even though I will not be pursuing education as my major of interest, I still found the information quite interesting to discuss. They offer several different course options over a wide range, really broadening their horizons as an institution and expanding their potential student body.

Ms. VanderZwaag’s presentation really made the university stand out to me, which inspired me to do some more research on my own, allowing me to really get a broad sense of what the university has to offer prospective students. Between their top-notch programs and hefty scholarship opportunities, Eastern Michigan University is definitely a great option for many students.

Although I do not personally plan on applying to Eastern Michigan University, I truly appreciated the inside knowledge presented, which helped me to narrow down my search for potential colleges to apply to, which is honestly the beauty of the college presentations in the Senior Seminar class. They offer students the opportunity to speak to college recruitment teams to find which universities they are best suited for in order to make this very important decision.

United States Marine Corps

by Jenna Pagano

SSgt. Rains from the United States Marine Corps had kindly taken time out of his day to share with us about the USMC. When he had taken the time out of his day to speak with us virtually, he had mentioned many great things, but two of them had really stuck with me. These two things had been the opportunity to travel and job security. Both of these things are fairly important because being able to move around and explore different places while also knowing that your job is secure is amazing.

As SSgt. Rains had spoken to us virtually, he had mentioned two amazing things between the opportunity to travel and job security. He had first stated that there are many different opportunities to travel. Having so many different opportunities to travel is so amazing because there are so many things that you can explore and learn that are outside of our little hometown. The history of the towns to the places that are the biggest attractions. SSgt. Rains had also mentioned the fact that you have job security. Knowing that when you are traveling or are out for personal reasons, you will not lose your job easily. This refers to the fact that you have a job that is stable and will need you unless you make some wrong decisions.

Overall, I believe that SSgt. Rains from the United States Marine Corps mentioned many great things. Even though he brought up many great topics, two of those things really stuck with me. The first one being the opportunities to travel and job security. Both of these are very important to me and I will have to keep these in mind while choosing what I would like to do in the future.

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Varsity Cross Country

by Ava DeVlaminck

These past two weeks, the Dryden Cross Country team ran at Mayville! Yes, they did run at Mayville two times. The first time was great, although they had to run slower than usual because the next meet was much more important. Then, the next meet was at Mayville for Pre Regionals. This is the first year that MHSAA is doing Pre Regionals and is happening because of corona. Hopefully, this will limit the people at regionals. At the meet, the boys team came in 4th with a team score of 91 points. The girls also came in 4th with 92 points. This means that both teams made it to regionals! Congratulations to both of them and good luck next Saturday!

Junior High Cross Country

by Ava DeVlaminck

This past week, the Junior High had their very last meet! They ran at Mayville league meet. Our runners on the boys side ran so well! Bryce Davis ran 13:37, Noah Hall ran 13:42, Dalton Beaulieu ran 14:26, David Insley ran 15:01, Drew Raymond ran 15:05, Nick Abromaitis ran 16:03, Jacob Buffo ran 17:32, and Miguel Luciano ran 18:11. On the girls side, they also ran great! Caila Fitchett ran 15:52, Cloey Kreiner ran 17:55, Jade Insley ran 18:45, and Kaitlynn Knuth ran 20:36! Great job everyone and see you next year!

Varsity Volleyball

by Connor Wolff

On Wednesday, October 21, the Varsity Volleyball team took on Mayville and won 3 sets to 0. Becca Weiss had a great game with 28 assists and 6 aces. Erin Boettcher also played very well, with 11 kills, 2 kills, and a dig. Abby Hurd also had a good game with 8 kills.

On Thursday, October 22, the Varsity team played Genesee and won another 3 sets to 0. Becca Weiss had a great game, with 24 assists, 2 kills, and 2 aces. Erin Boettcher also played well, with 7 kills, 3 aces, a dig, and an assist.

On Tuesday, October 7, the Cardinals took on Kingston. They defeated them in 3 sets to 0. Erin Boettcher led the team in kills with a total of 22 for the night, followed by Becca Weiss with 29 assists, and Abby Hurd with 3 kills and 5 aces.

The Dryden Varsity Volleyball team has secured the North Central Thumb League Stars Division Championship.

Great job, ladies, on all of your victories this past week! This week the Cardinals will be playing in a district game away at Kingston on Monday, November 2. Good luck to our Lady Cardinals!

Varsity Football

by Nick Abromaitis

The IC/ Dryden football team had two weeks of hard, well played football. Very hard, well fought games from all sides of the field. Here are two amazing accomplishments made possible by the football team and the coaches:

- First win against Almont since 2008.

- First back to back winning seasons since 2000 and 2001.

Let's look at the stats for the IC/Dryden football team.

IC/Dryden vs. Almont

Jack Kaplan: 6 rush, 60 yds, TD, 2/3 passing 75 yds 1TD/0INT/0PAT2

Cristian Rojas: 17 carries, 111 yds, 2 TD

Julian Rojas: 5 carries, 23 yds

Dakota Sandzik: 6 carries, 28 yds, 2 catch, 75 yds TD

Aaron Evely: 1 carry, 4 yds Wyatt Luther: 4/4 PAT, 1 punt, 39 yds

Final Score: IC/Dryden 28 Almont 14

IC/Dryden VS North Branch

Jack Kaplan: 3 rush, 15 yds, 3/9 passing 28 yds 0TD/1INT/0PAT2

Cristian Rojas: 2 carries, 5yds

Julian Rojas: 4 carries, 18 yds

Lance Wolford: 3 carries, 10 yds

Dakota Sandzik: 5 carries, 21 yds, 2 cheches 22 yds

Ray Liu: 2 carries 15 yds, 7 Kick Returns, 119 yds

Anthony D’Ambrosio- 2 carries, 6 yds

Aaron Evely: 4 carries for 9 yds

Chris Cezik: 1 catch, 6 yds

Once again, a good two weeks for our co-op football team. Good luck this Friday in the playoffs. We will all be cheering you guys on!

Interested in playing basketball? Open gyms start this week!

The Cardinals are on the NFHS Network!

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 28


Color Me Green - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (Room 153)

Girls Basketball open gym - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Dryden Elementary)

NJHS Induction - Virtual - 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

NHS Induction - Virtual - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 29

Girls Basketball open gym - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Dryden Elementary)

JV/V Volleyball @ Deckerville - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Bus departs @ 4:15 PM. JV @ 6:00 PM; V @ 7:30 PM)

Friday, October 30

Senior Seminar Speaker - Lexi Welch, U-M Flint - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

Booo-ling Fundraiser - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Almont Hideaway Lanes) (Fundraiser for the Class of 2021. Bowling, raffles, prizes and more!)

Saturday, October 31

Varsity XC Regionals @ Wagener Park - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Monday, November 2

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

CST Meeting - 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

Girls Basketball open gym - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Dryden Elementary)

Tuesday, November 3

Girls Basketball open gym - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Dryden Elementary)

Wednesday, November 4


Senior Seminar Speaker - U of M Ann Arbor - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

Vision and Hearing Screening for BK/K - 9:00 AM (Dryden Elementary)

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

Girls Basketball open gym - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Dryden Elementary)

Thursday, November 5

Girls Basketball open gym - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Dryden Elementary)

Friday, November 6

Senior Seminar Speaker - Nancy Boxey, LCCF & Micaela Boomer, FCCF - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

Saturday, November 7

Varsity XC State Finals - 8:00 AM

Monday, November 9

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

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

Tuesday, November 10

Senior Seminar Speaker - Lisa Davis, LSSU - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM

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It Starts In Dryden

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Alumni: We need you!

Let's celebrate our #proudcardinal alumni!

We're looking for Dryden graduates of any and all years to feature on our social media pages. Fill out the form here:

Yearbooks for sale

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These 2008-2009 or 2012-2013 Dryden High School Yearbooks can be yours for just $10 each!

Contact Kim Fleming at

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: Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family?

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

Answer: Trouble

Last issue’s winner: No one!

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!

Check out the 2020-2021 Dryden Community Schools District Calendar here!

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Random Student Spotlight

Liam Napolitano

by Lily Finnigan

Liam is an 8th grader at Dryden who has been here since preschool. Liam’s favorite thing about Dryden is the people. Outside of school, he likes to spend time with his family. He also loves cats. Liam’s dream career is a filmmaker or critic. Liam says the hardest thing about the Coronavirus is turning on the news and seeing all of the people who have contracted the virus.

Audrey Napolitano

by Lily Finnigan

Audrey is a freshman who has been at Dryden her entire life. She is currently running Cross Country and is participating in NJHS. Outside of school, Audrey likes to dance. Audrey’s favorite thing about Dryden is getting more opportunities because of the size and already knowing most of the teachers after having them before. Once Audrey is out of high school, she wants to move out of the state but isn't quite sure what she wants to do afterward. Audrey thinks the most challenging thing about Covid is social distancing, mask-wearing, and just the way things are organized now.

The Team

Miya Wolff - Head Editor

Ava DeVlaminck - Editor

Connor Wolff - Reporter

Nick Abromaitis - Reporter

Lily Finnigan - Reporter

Jason Richardson - Reporter

Quote Of The Week

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”

- Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Joke of the Week

What are the strongest days of the week?

Saturday and Sunday, the rest are weak-days


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