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Future is bright for Dryden Top Ten


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June 04, 2008
The Dryden High School Class of 2008 will celebrate their accomplishments during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. this Sunday, June 8.

Sharing center stage will be two co-valedictorians and one salutatorian, who comprise the top three spots of this year's Top Ten graduates.

Co-valedictorian Marissa Mantey graduates with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is the daughter of Creig and Marlene Mantey.

While in high school, Marissa participated as Captain of the Quiz Bowl Team and was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the National Honor Society.

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This summer, she plans to travel to Australia to attend World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVII.

Marissa will attend University of Michigan in the fall, and hopes to pursue a career in either nuclear, mechanical or biomedical engineering.

Raya Rubino, co-valedictorian, also graduates with a perfect 4.0 gpa. Her parents are Anthony and Lisa Rubino.

This summer Raya plans to visit friends, help out with vacation Bible school, seek additional Mary Kay customers and have fun before heading off to Cornerstone University this fall.

Raya is undecided about a major, but is interested in teaching and dermatology. She dreams of working overseas to help the sick in underdeveloped nations. She enjoyed a trip to Quito, Ecuador helping the children and sharing her love of Jesus Christ.

Raya enjoys spending time with her mom, dad and sisters, as well as playing volleyball during the summer months. She says she'll stay up until midnight with her friends and eat cookie dough whenever she has a chance as well.

Salutatorian Brooke Burgess graduates with a 3.881 gpa. She is the daughter of Glenn and Carolyn Burgess.

Before moving to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan this fall, Brooke plans to work, attend open houses and hang out with her friends.

She plans to major in nutrition/pre-medical studies and then move on to medical school. In the meantime, she hopes to work as a dietician before practicing as a physician or anesthesiologist.

Brooke enjoys reading, exercising, staying healthy, playing soccer, sleeping, spending time with her friends and "being outrageous." She also has a passion for dancing.

In the fourth spot is Ryan Gentry with a gpa of 3.747. His parents are Darcey and Claudia Gentry.

This summer, Ryan plans on doing deck construction, refurbishments or general construction and repairs.

He will pursue computer engineering at Oakland University, and ultimately would like to apply his skills to outer space travel technology.

Ryan's hobbies include drawing, playing the drums, piano and guitar, video games, computer programming and listening to music. He says he would not be where he is today without the guidance of his parents.

Josh Pridemore takes the fifth spot with a gpa of 3.729. He is the son of Robin Rust and Channon Pridemore.

This summer Josh plans to enjoy open houses, and hang out with friends before relocating to Georgia. There, he will attend the University of Georgia, entering their chiropractic program. He hopes to open his own chiropractic clinic in the future.

Josh enjoys playing the guitar in a Christian band and playing baseball, basketball and golf. He attends the Thornville Baptist Church.

Josh says he's looking forward to his move to Georgia to start a new chapter in his life, but is sad to leave his family and friends.

Graduating sixth is Jeff Chisholm with a 3.699 gpa. He is the son of Mike and Peggy Chisholm.

Jeff plans to have fun with his friends this summer and bonfires and graduation parties.

He will attend Saginaw Valley State University this fall to major in business and minor in entrepreneurship with the ultimate goal of starting his own business or working for a Fortune 500 company.

Jeff enjoys baseball, basketball, football, golf, video games and hanging out with friends. He says that high school was a great experience that should be cherished by all because the years "go by too fast."

Bethany Smith graduates seventh with a gpa of 3.683. Her parents are Ken and Joy Smith.

This summer Bethany plans to work full time to save money for college.

She earned a scholarship to Oakland University, where she'll begin classes in the fall. She is interested in becoming a psychologist or an actuary, though her career plans are not definite as of yet.

Bethany was a member of the varsity track team and enjoys playing badminton and racquetball.

"When in doubt, dance," she says.

In the eighth spot is Samantha LaRue with a 3.611 gpa. She is the daughter of David and Valerie LaRue.

Interested in graphic design, Sam hopes to find a job in a related field this summer along with working at the summer camp she used to attend.

She'll pursue general studies at community college before transferring to a university to study graphic design.

Sam enjoys writing stories, drawing, reading and listening to and playing music. She enjoys playing just about any team sport with her friends, is competitive and "up for any challenge." Sam's favorite sport is Ultimate Frisbee.

Molly Proulx graduates 9th with a 3.588 gpa. Her parents are Steven and Susan Proulx.

Molly plans to work on horse farms and with her horse trainer Ann Louise Lavalla this summer, along with taking an occasional road and boat trip.

She will attend Michigan State University in the fall to major in pre-veterinary studies and minor in business. She hopes to become a large animal veterinarian and open her own practice, possibly in Michigan.

Molly enjoys softball, swimming, horseback riding, reading and hunting waterfowl.

Rounding out this year's Top Ten graduates is class president Greg Anderson with a gpa of 3.572. He is the son of Anthony and Sara Anderson.

Greg is a panel builder at the Pentier Group. This summer he will secure an apartment in Kalamazoo in preparation of attending Western Michigan University. He also plans to hang out with his friends.

Greg will pursue engineering at the university, and ultimately work at his father's business.

Greg enjoys basketball, golf, track, camping, traveling, hanging out with friends, hunting and ice fishing.

Congratulations and good luck to the Top Ten students and the entire Dryden High School Class of 2008.

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