Scholar-Artist Award Goes to Kayla Collins

Kayla Collins with Principal Kathie Acker and Ms. Susan Turner Radin.
Kayla Collins with Principal Kathie Acker and Ms. Susan Turner Radin.

Kayla Collins, a senior at Walt Whitman High School, is the recipient of the prestigious Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) Scholar-Artist Award. This award recognizes students judged to be “the best of the best” on Long Island in both academics and the arts. 

Kayla has been an admired dancer in the Whitman dance program since she was a freshman. Her interest in dance began when she was a very young girl and shows no signs of waning. “It’s nice that this award is for dance because it’s been a passion of mine since I was 5 years old,” said Kayla. She earned the LI Scholar-Artist Award in dance because of her exceptional academic performance and her technical and artistic ability as a dancer. 

“Kayla represents the best of the Whitman dance program because she is kind and helpful to all of her peers, and she is committed, hard working, dependable, creative, and incredibly talented,” said Ms. Susan Turner Radin, director of Walt Whitman’s dance program. “Not only is Kayla a beautiful dancer, but she is also an accomplished musician,” added Ms. Radin.

Kayla has performed at the Walt Whitman birthplace and at Hofstra University for the Democracy Project for the 2012 presidential debates. She is an active member of the Walt Whitman varsity dance team, with whom she competes locally and nationally. Kayla has danced in the Whitman musicals Fiddler on the Roof, Pippin, Wonderful Town, and Damn Yankees. She is a current member of the National Honor Society as well as the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. In addition to dancing, Kayla joined the School of Rock, where she learned to play drums, and she has performed at several venues around Long Island. She is also a sprinter for the spring track team. Kayla plans to attend college in the fall to study speech pathology.

Congratulations, Kayla Collins, on a truly deserved award.