2018-06-03 / Insight

Dryden has small, but impactful graduating class


Rachel Vallad and Hannah Weiss lead the Class of 2018 on a walk through Dryden Elementary School as part of their farewell to the school they’ve called home for 13 years. Rachel Vallad and Hannah Weiss lead the Class of 2018 on a walk through Dryden Elementary School as part of their farewell to the school they’ve called home for 13 years. DRYDEN — Dryden Community Schools Superintendent Mary Finnigan, said, “The Dryden High School Class of 2018 is a tight-knit group of driven young adults. They are talented not only in academics but in athletics, fine arts, and skilled trades.”

Finnigan, who also serves as the high school’s principal, noted the majority of the class has dually enrolled in college courses, managing the difficult task of meeting post-secondary academic expectations while still in high school. She added that 60 percent of the class is graduating with honors, earning a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

All of Dryden’s graduating seniors are CPR/ AED certified. This class of 50 students has completed 146 applications to 44 different post-secondary colleges and universities.


Oliva Ewart chats with friends following the senior class balloon launch Thursday afternoon on the Dryden Junior/ Senior High School football field. Oliva Ewart chats with friends following the senior class balloon launch Thursday afternoon on the Dryden Junior/ Senior High School football field. “More than half of the Class of 2018 has attended Dryden since elementary school,” said Finnigan. “They have leaned on and learned from each other through childhood and have shared the experiences of adolescence. Now that they have matured into young adults, they are ready to begin the next chapter in their lives. We will miss them terribly, but we are proud of the genuine family they have become.”


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