Ms. Maya Riddle is currently enrolled at Berea College in Berea,
Kentucky, where she was named Miss Homecoming 2018-2019. She graduated
from The Piney Woods School in 2016. She attended PWS throughout her
high school career. She is a health studies major, with plans to apply
and enroll in a direct Master’s in Nursing program.
her first year, she’ll be a registered RN; and after her second year,
she’ll be working as a Nurse Practitioner in whatever field she selects.
Ultimately, Ms. Riddle plans to become a nurse; however, currently, she
wants to start out in the public policy and public health sector.
from Piney Woods to Berea was easy because Ms. Riddle was accustomed to
being away from home and living in a dormitory. Academically, it was a
bit more challenging to adjust because she underestimated the challenge
of Berea’s academics. She struggled her first semester, but the second
semester she was able to “jump on the train and kept rolling.”
Riddle is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Her journey has taken her
from Atlanta to Piney Woods to Kentucky. She hasn’t stopped to look
back. She had her heart set on attending Baylor in Texas, but she wasn’t
accepted into the school. Understandably, she was sad about not getting
into the school of her choice. Dr. Crossley actually caught her crying
outside. At that time, she informed him that she wasn’t going to school
anymore. The next day, Ms. Riddle went to Dr. Crossley’s office, where
he and Ms. Sheria Smith sat her down and told her that she was going to
go to school.
Ms. Smith actually encouraged her to
apply to Berea, basically telling her that she would be challenged
intellectually. Berea not only accepted her--they offered her a full
Ms. Riddle’s fondest Piney Woods memory was
meeting the 44th President of the United States of America. The choir
went to Washington D.C,. and she was able greet President Obama. Her
second memory is of the very first Give From Your Heart Concert.
Riddle's motto is: "Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one who
finds the gold.” (Proverbs 11:27) Advice to the PWS Class of 2019: "You
can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” (Proverbs