Timothy Riddle is the first recipient of a brand new scholarship at Davis & Elkins College. The new performance-based Highlander Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate participating in the college's sponsored pipe band, the West Virginia Highlanders.
Riddle is a recent graduate of Elkins High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, Kiwanis Key Club, varsity soccer team and, following a long family tradition, played the trombone in the high school marching band all four of his years in school.
Riddle serves in the color guard while training as an apprentice piper with the Highlander Band which affiliated with the Presbyterian college in 1990. The Highlanders practice weekly on the college campus where D&E operates Graceland, a full-service hotel set in a restored Victorian mansion. Graceland's amenities include The Highlander Pub, where the tartan decor consists of 66 years of memorabilia gleaned from the West Virginia Highlander Band's historic performances.
From left are Dr. Randy Blackburn, color guard sergeant; Davis & Elkins College President Dr. Michael Mihalyo; and Highlander Scholarship recipient Tim Riddle.
Riddle is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Riddle, an Elkins dentist and lieutenant colonel in the West Virginia Army National Guard, who recently returned from a three-month tour of active duty in Iraq. Dr. Riddle is a senior piper with the Highlander Band.