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.
After 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.
Adjusting 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.”
Ms. 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 scholarship!
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.
Ms. 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 19:21)