Local student honored by national organization

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local high school student has been recognized by a national organization for exemplifying the “ideals of the positive heart of the arts,” representing the core mission of education-based activities.

Kayla Scott, a student at Monticello High School, was selected as the 2019 recipient of the National High School Heart of the Arts Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations for Section 2, which includes Virginia, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

This is the sixth year for the award.

Scott is an honors scholar in the school's Health and Medical Sciences Academy, is participating in an internship program where she shadows a cardiovascular surgeon, is an honor roll student, is a peer tutor and has been the manager of the girls basketball team for several years.

She is also the lead choreographer of school musicals and has been in the Virginia High School League Theatre Program since ninth grade.

Scott has won honors for acting, directing and writing theater pieces, including “#WhileBlack,” which was an entry for the 2018 WHSL theatre competition where it placed third at regionals and first out of 60 plays in the Virginia Theatre Association Conference.

The NFHS is divided into eight geographical sections, and there is one winner of this award per section.

Those winners will then be in the running to be recognized as the national winner in June.

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