Newsday Highlights their January Long Island Scholar Artist, Delaney Mena

The goal of the Scholar-Artist program is to honor exceptionally accomplished high school seniors September to June. Selections are made, each spring, from a pool of Long Island students. From these nominees, one monthly award winner from Nassau and one from Suffolk is chosen. Congratulations Delaney Mena!
The goal of the Scholar-Artist program is to honor exceptionally accomplished high school seniors September to June. Selections are made, each spring, from a pool of Long Island students. From these nominees, one monthly award winner from Nassau and one from Suffolk is chosen. Congratulations Delaney Mena!
The art of Delaney Mena, January Long Island Scholar Artist.
The art of Delaney Mena, January Long Island Scholar Artist.

"Dance is a way to express myself in ways that words cannot communicate." January Scholar artist and Walt Whitman High School senior Delaney Mena has found her true passion in the world of dance. She's a force to be reckoned with as a two-time "Miss Dance" regional title winner in 2016 and 2017, national champion senior elite soloist in 2017 and a "Miss Dance America" 1st-runner-up for 2017. As part of the Whitman Dance Program, Delaney helped to choreograph a creative piece called "While Everyone Walks By," which was performed at Stage the Change at both the Tilles Center and Whistlewood at the Heckscher Museum.

For the last 4 years, she has also performed during the Toys for Tots fundraisers at the holiday tree lighting ceremony held at South Side and Huntington Hospitals. In addition to her dance honors, Delaney is a member of the National Honor Society, National Honor Society for Dance Arts, National Italian Honor Society and National English Honor Society. When asked to describe this very talented student, her teachers say: "Delaney exemplifies discipline, creativity, courage and hard work. She is an exceptional artist and student with the potential to achieve the highest level of performance." After high school, she plans to pursue a BFA in dance with a minor in speech-language pathology and hopes to one day join a professional, contemporary/modern dance company.