Meet Sterling Riles

By Joan Frances –

Sterling Riles

Students at Stafford High School enjoy the benefits of highly qualified teachers, engaging coaches and valuable life lessons. Seniors graduate with a well-rounded knowledge of academics, sports and extracurricular activities. Sterling Riles is a senior who has earned respect from his school and is looking forward to a fulfilling future.

Riles has enjoyed his time at Stafford High School. He has learned from some of the best teachers, and he has excelled at completing the required courses. His favorite teacher was Coach Sergio Hinojosa, his Spanish II teacher. “Every day he would have the class energized and fun to work with. He made learning understandable. Since Spanish is spoken by so many people in Texas by the end of the school year, everyone was speaking the language to each other. Coach Hinojosa is also my track coach, so we have a lot in common.”

Riles forte is Track and Field. Throughout his high school career, he is a four-year Varsity athlete. He was a State Qualifier in the 4×400 meter relay and in the 400 meters and the District Champion in the 400 meters race in 2018 and 2019. Also, he was the State Qualifier in the 800 meter in 2019. “Running is a great way to channel my energy to accomplish something celebrated. I have a competitive nature and running makes me feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. Running is a mental commitment, as well as physical endurance, and I love the challenge of racing. The great Carl Lewis said, ‘My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win. Channel your energy. Focus.’”

In addition to his success at running, Riles is a star varsity corner back football player, using his talent on the football field.

One value Riles lives by is commitment. “I live by always putting God first in everything I do, being a hard worker, spending time with family, truly dedicating myself to my work and striving for success. Gail Devers said, ‘Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.’”

As a result of his undeniable talent in running, Riles helps the other team members strive for success. His leadership skills are admirable. “As one who has accomplished the goals I set out to achieve, it gives me a chance to show others how to be disciplined, respect those above us and how it should be done. I want everyone to succeed;  it feels so good to win for your team.” Riles will always remember the time he has spent with his teammates, he reflected.

“The one thing I will treasure the most about high school is during track season, the hard work and all the fun we had: away trips, laughing on the road with teammates and winning. I have learned so much from my coach and team members. I will never forget the best of times.”

When he is not at school, Riles is head drummer during Sunday service at his church, Evangelistic Restoration Church, as well as for any outside events when needed.

Riles is considering several colleges to attend next fall but is undecided at this time. He will major in Business and Marketing. Congratulations Sterling Riles on your amazing talent and commitment. Good luck as you take the next step to a very successful and rewarding future.