February Athletes of the Month

Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates his February Athletes of the Month.
Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy congratulates his February Athletes of the Month.

Our Female Athlete of the Month for February is Kiara Brown. As a premier Cheerleader, Kiara has been on our radar since the 7th grade when in her first year of competitive cheerleading, she shattered the Long Island Power Four record. Each year Kiara worked hard to improve her sport. “Over the years I’ve always tried my best, but this year, being my last, I really gave it my all and tried to make this last year really count,” said Kiara, who, as a senior was recently recognized as an All-County and Best Elite Athlete. Kiara is known to practice stunts on her trampoline at home, making videos and always looking for ways to improve. Newsday took notice of her dedication and athleticism and last spring was selected to their 1st Team All-Long Island. “Her dedication to the sport is above and beyond the average athlete,” said Varsity Cheerleading Coach Tracy Koch.

Kiara also took her athleticism to the dance floor and was a regular in the always anticipated and highly regarded Spring Dance Concert, directed by Susan Radin Turner. Prior to cheerleading becoming recognized as an officially sanctioned high school sport, Kiara was regularly a UCA All-American from 2014 to 2016. Kiara has thoroughly enjoyed her Whitman experience. “I feel at home when I come here, I like feeling that I’m in a safe environment,” added our future chef who will be attending Johnson & Wales University-North Miami to study Culinary Arts next fall.  

Congratulations Kiara Brown!

Aiden Smyth, our male Athlete of the Month has had a busy year as one of the States fastest milers. He just finished in the top 30 in the nation at the Armory indoor track and now looks forward to getting back outside for spring track. “I prefer running outdoors because the air is cooler making it much easier to breathe and the banked indoor track makes it harder to pass other runners than outdoor,” said our All-State runner.

Aiden has passed a lot of runners this year, but none more than in February when he took the field and became Suffolk County Champion in 1mile event. Aiden went on to run a 4: 17-minute mile in the States and finished fourth in the State Championships (only 2 seconds off the number one finisher.)  He finished 5th in the Federation (included both public and parochial schools). As a senior Aiden was recruited to Stony Brook University’s D1 Track Program where he will major in Bio-Medical or Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, and World Language Honor Society.

Aiden has set high goals for the spring track season and counts on the ‘ultimate’ training partner, his twin brother Sean as they continue to push the envelope together. “He’s the best training partner I could have,” said Aiden about his brother. “I contribute much of my success to his encouragement and competitiveness, he pushes me to be better.”

Congratulations Aiden Smyth!