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Jake Sliman is 2014 'Mr. Dryden'


Popular annual pageant draws support from students, staff and community


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Contestants and participants in the 2014 Mr. Dryden pageant take center stage after competition.

April 02, 2014
DRYDEN — After much deliberation by a panel of judges last Friday, March 21, high school senior Jake Sliman was crowned "Mr. Dryden" of 2014.

First-runnerup honors went to Logan Albretch, while Keenan Roberts was second-runnerup.

The fourth annual pageant was sponsored by the Dryden High School Student Council.

Student Council Advisor Gari Hotton said the pageant has become one of the most anticipated events of the school year.

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This year's senior contestants and their escorts included: Logan Albretch and Katie Schenkel; Peyton Butler and Allysa Goodman; Calvin Kraydich and Kerysten Ketelhut; Shane Raab and Jacklyn House; Keenan Roberts and Rachel Huck; and Jake Sliman and Claire DeCeunick.

Hotton said the show opened with each of the boys modeling formal wear provided by Men's Wearhouse at Great Lakes Crossing; while flowers were provided by Mandy J's Florist of Almont.

Following the modeling segment, the contestants performed a group dance, choreographed by Carla Volante; modeled beachwear, took part in a talent competition, and fielded questions about their respective personal platforms.

This year's Masters' of the Ceremony were Bowie Jones and Tanner Colmer, who entertained the audience with their comedy, including "a performance of These Eyes that had the audience near tears," said Hotton.

Mr. Dryden, the first-runnerup and second-runnerup were recipients of prize packages donated by generous merchants in the community. Donors included: Wearhouse, Mandy J's Florist, DHS Cafeteria, Mrs. Finnigan, Dryden Athletic Boosters, Main Street Coney Island, Mill Street Station, Masters Automotive, Lenny Miller, Sweet Peas Cakes and Cookies, Donatos Party Store and Pizza, Grondins (Imlay City and Almont), Imlay City Big Boy, Pulse Sports, Jimmy John's, Lucky's Steak House, Greg's Pizza Company, Day Break Chiropractic, McDonald's (Almont and Imlay City), Nacho's Taco House, Mancino's Pizza and Grinders, Great Clips, Hideaway Lanes, Anytime Fitness, Rooster's Men's Grooming Center, Greg Wood Trucking Company, Total T's (Mt. Clemens), Mrs. Cox, the Irla Family, Sharon Horton (Bubbly Balloons), and the Dryden High School Student Council.

Hotton said audience members were able to vote for their favorite contestant for the People's Choice Award at $1 per vote, raising nearly $200 for Dryden's Linked Hearts in the process. The winner of the 2014 People's Choice Award was Logan Albretch.

The judges for this year's Mr. Dryden Pageant were: Amy Rever-Oberle, Kathleen Schweickert, Robert Downey and Mary Finnigan.

"The judges had their work cut out for them," said Hotton, "as all of the contestants were talented and entertaining."

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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