Will Feldkamp claims second while Kyle Burton finishes eighth to lead the Dreads at the state finals in Auburn Hills
By: Tyler Woelfel
Four Dexter wrestlers, all seniors, had great seasons that culminated in the Michigan state finals. Adam Burton wrestled in the 160-lb weight class as he appeared in his first state finals. For his first time wrestling at states, he did well but was unable to place. Wrestling in the 152-lb weight class, his brother Kyle Burton did great, earning a spot on the podium for eighth place in Division 2. Ryan Clements, wrestling at 119 pounds, earned his hundredth win this year, capping off a great high school career. Clements did well at the Palace, but he was unable to place. The fourth wrestler to make it to Auburn Hills was William Feldkamp. Feldkamp is in the 189-lb weight class and was the only wrestler to repeat a regional title to bring him back to the state finals. This year, Feldkamp was trying to cap off an amazing career at Dexter High School by winning the state championship. He had some extra pressure when wrestling that weekend; The Feldkamp family’s wrestling history is arguably the best in Dexter. They have always dominated, and the latest Feldkamp definitely lived up to that tradition throughout his four years in high school. He got off to a hot start at states by pinning two opponents in a row. Heading into the semifinal match, he said he was very nervous. The match went down to the wire after he was able to force an overtime period. He stuck it out and was able to win the match, giving him a chance at a state title. In the finals, he faced last year’s state champion, Warren Lincoln’s Jelani Embree. After a hard-fought match, Feldkamp fell just short, 7-2, finishing second in the state. All four seniors finished off their final season as a Dreadnaught with an accomplishment most people can’t say they have, and for that reason, this year was incredibly successful for the wrestling team as a whole and the individuals involved as well.
DHS students and teachers share their stories on how they found out the man coming down the chimney wasn’t real
By Tyler Woelfel
Griffin Fletcher (Senior):
Griffin loves Christmas. He can’t wait for the holidays because of one simple reason: countless gifts. He doesn’t care whether it was Santa or his parents delivering the gifts, he just wanted to embrace the joy of endless mounds of torn wrapping paper. He never listened to his friends when they told him Santa wasn’t real because he loved the holiday so much. He believed Santa was real, despite the misguidance of his peers. Unfortunately, he found out from me. I asked him how he found out santa wasn’t real and this is when he went into shock. He asked me if I was joking, but I had to break the news to him. Hopefully his Christmas isn’t ruined this year.
Jacob Kapusansky (Freshman):
Jacob found out that jolly Saint Nick isn’t real in a very interesting way. He used an iPod he received from a past Christmas to solve the mystery. Jacob was very curious and wanted to figure out if this man that comes down your chimney and put presents under your tree was real. On the night before Christmas, Jacob created a plan. He would place his iPod downstairs and record the whole night. In the morning, he was the first up. He ran downstairs, didn’t even stop to look at the presents, and checked the footage. He was in shock. The big man dressed in red wasn’t real. His mom and dad worked together putting each present down one by one. Although Santa wasn’t real, he wasn’t fazed. No matter what, he knew he would get presents this year and many more to come.
Mrs. Spence (DHS Staff):
Mrs. Spence found out the hard way, but she made sure someone else in the family could enjoy it as long as possible. Growing up, she noticed that she wasn’t getting some of the things she asked for, even though some of her friends did. A major item on one of her lists growing up was a bicycle. When she didn’t get it, she knew Santa wasn’t real. Although she was obviously upset, Mrs. Spence and her older siblings made sure the youngest in the family wouldn’t find out. They did everything the could to make her believe he was real. They would look up in the sky outside and claim they saw Santa sleigh flying around. With her effort, she was able to keep her youngest sister a believer under she was around 11.
Ms. Melinsky (DHS Staff):
Ms. Melinsky never truly understood Christmas as a kid. She grew up in New York where she attended a school with a Jewish majority population. Also, she had attended a Seneca camp. These reasons led her to believe that Christmas wasn’t really a holiday in her religion. Because of this, Melinsky was never really a believer in santa even though her family celebrated Christmas and she, in fact, wasn’t Jewish.
Photos by Tyler Woelfel
Dexter lost its Homecoming game to Ypsilanti Lincoln 38-0. Tyler Woelfel captured the game’s events from start to finish. Below are his photos, some of which were also featured at WeLoveDexter.com.