La'Monica Scott | Uncategorized

Derricka Thomas learned about Piney Woods through her family. The first member of her family that attended Piney Woods was her great-great grand uncle, Mr. Lanier Burkett. He played baseball at Piney Woods and graduated in 1923. Per oral tradition, Dr. Laurence C. Jones told her Uncle Lanier that he would educate his children. After getting married and having children, her Uncle Lanier took Dr. Jones up on his offer.  All his children attended Piney Woods School and the Piney Woods Junior College during the 1940s and 1950s.

Derricka Thomas learned about Piney Woods through her family. The first member of her family that attended Piney Woods was her great-great grand uncle, Mr. Lanier Burkett. He played baseball at Piney Woods and graduated in 1923. Per oral tradition, Dr. Laurence C. Jones told her Uncle Lanier that he would educate his children. After getting married and having children, her Uncle Lanier took Dr. Jones up on his offer.  All his children attended Piney Woods School and the Piney Woods Junior College during the 1940s and 1950s.

Continuing her uncle’s legacy, her mother and her aunts also attended The Piney Woods School and the Junior College in the 1960s.  Other family members followed in the same footsteps and attended Piney Woods in the 1970s. 

Derricka’s turn to attend The Piney Woods School came in the 1980s; she graduated in 1988. Other family members would later attend in the 1990s and 2000s. For Derricka, attending Piney Woods became a family tradition.

The Piney Woods experience has had an incredible impact on her life. It has shaped her life in the areas of career and education.  She met great people and formed lifelong friendships. The lessons she learned from her time at PWS are numerous.  One of the most important ones for her was being on time for work. It is her rule of thumb to be 15 minutes early for work and any appointment she has. She learned that lesson from her participation in The Piney Woods Work Study Program. Her organizational skills were developed from the Supervised Study Program.

She is forever indebted to her Piney Woods experience, the faculty, the staff and the then-president, Dr. Charles H. Beady, Jr.

The standards at Piney Woods were set at excellence, and today she continues to set those high standards of excellence for herself.

Continuing her uncle’s legacy, her mother and her aunts also attended The Piney Woods School and the Junior College in the 1960s.  Other family members followed in the same footsteps and attended Piney Woods in the 1970s. 

Derricka’s turn to attend The Piney Woods School came in the 1980s; she graduated in 1988. Other family members would later attend in the 1990s and 2000s. For Derricka, attending Piney Woods became a family tradition.

The Piney Woods experience has had an incredible impact on her life. It has shaped her life in the areas of career and education.  She met great people and formed lifelong friendships. The lessons she learned from her time at PWS are numerous.  One of the most important ones for her was being on time for work. It is her rule of thumb to be 15 minutes early for work and any appointment she has. She learned that lesson from her participation in The Piney Woods Work Study Program. Her organizational skills were developed from the Supervised Study Program.