Dr. Matt Smith, principal of Centralia High School, selected senior Nate Riddle as the Student of the Month for May.
Mrs. Jennifer Ludwig, CHS publications and language arts teacher, nominated Riddle for the honor.
“Nate is a second-year Publications student, and he has been my editor-in-chief both years. He has great ideas on how to make a good yearbook, and he is a great leader in the classroom. He has taken on extra responsibilities in addition to the pages every yearbook student has to create, and he has done a great job with all of it,” said Ludwig.
Ludwig elaborated on the characteristics of what makes Riddle a great leader in Publications, which happens to be Riddle’s favorite class.
“He is outgoing, responsible, a leader, charismatic and driven to name a few. His personality is what makes him a good leader. He can communicate with everyone on staff, and he does it in a way that keeps the staff working,” said Ludwig.
Riddle’s parents are Emily Erisman and Don Riddle. He has an older sister named Hannah, a younger brother named Declan and a younger sister named Tess. Riddle said that his mom has been his biggest supporter over the past four years of high school.
“She [his mom] is my strength and my wisdom. To be honest, I have had no idea what I’ve been doing throughout high school, but she always keeps me calm and focused. She always seems to know my own plan better than me,” said Riddle.
Riddle appreciates being named Student of the Month. When asked to provide advice for incoming high school freshmen, he said he would tell students it is important for them to start thinking about a possible career as soon as possible because high school graduation comes very quickly.
As for his future plans, Riddle will be shipping to Army basic training and then to AIT to get training to become a combat medic. After two years, his goal is to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg to become a nurse anesthetist.