COLLINSVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) Railey Mayatt is described by those close to her as quiet, but what she does both on the field and in the classroom speaks volumes.
"She's gifted no doubt in the classroom," West Lauderdale girls soccer coach Alex George said. "She’s gifted on the field but also her character is something that you know, you just can’t teach.”
Teammate and friend Lucy Green explained what makes Mayatt's character so special.
"Railey’s just extremely hard-working but also really kind," Green said. "She will help you with anything you need school and soccer wise. She’s very deserving of all the achievements that she’s gotten.”
Mayatt has been playing soccer for West Lauderdale since she was a seventh-grader, which means she’s been part of helping the Lady Knights win four MHSAA State Championships in five years. The team won their most recent state title less than a week ago.
Mayatt said one of her goals was to win a state title her senior year.
"It’s been kind of crazy. That first time we won it was historical because it was the first time the West Lauderdale girls team has won," Mayatt said. "I think those first two times we were really surprised we were able to go back and win but it just became more common because we just kept winning."
In-between all that winning, Mayatt made sure to always make time for the books. She has a 4.25 GPA and scored a perfect 36 on her ACT.
Mayatt's AP Calculus teacher Tim Caldwell says that while she is naturally smart, she also works hard to achieve success.
"She’s academically gifted but she works tremendously hard," Caldwell said. "The 36 on the ACT, her National Merit Finalist, that all didn’t just come by way."
Mayatt is also involved in numerous clubs like chorus, National Honor Society and Debs Social Service Club, which is an organization of young women ages 15-18 who strive to make a difference through community service.
While she could have taken on less in high school, Mayatt said she did not want to cut herself short.
"I like staying busy," Mayatt said. "I like all the stuff I do and I feel like I would be miserable if I just sat around and didn’t do it.”
As of the start of the new year, Mayatt was ranked No. 1 in her graduating class. She is also a National Merit Finalist and was chosen as a team captain for the Lady Knights 2019-2020 soccer team.