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LSMSA RANKS NUMBER NINE IN COUNTRY, FIRST IN STATE It will come as no surprise to the LSMSA community that our school is a world-class institution, but a couple of national rankings have corroborated what we already know: • LSMSA was ranked the ninth best public school in the nation and the best high school in Louisiana in Niche’s 2016 Best Public High Schools in America. Niche’s annual K-12 rankings are based on rigorous analysis of dozens of statistical factors and millions

Four of LSMSA’s Executive Directors attend the groundbreaking and renovations for the Center for Performance & Technology and Music and Art Buildings in 2007. From left: Dr. Patrick Widhalm, Dr. Bobby Alost, Brother David Sinitiere, and Dr. Art Williams

of reviews from students and parents. Along with the rankings, Niche also released 2016 report cards, which assign letter grades to more than 100,000 K-12 schools and districts across America on topics like academics, college readiness and teachers. LSMSA earned an A+ in academics, teachers, educational outcomes, resources and

Dr. Pat spends time

facilities, and administration and policies.

with a student

• LSMSA was also once again recognized as one of the 25 top-performing high schools with elite students in the nation by The Washington Post. The 25 schools were set aside from the Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High School list because, “despite their exceptional quality, their

1993: Dr. Pat during his

admission rules and standardized test scores indi-

early years as a member

cate they have few or no average students.”

of the arts faculty

• Additionally, the Class of 2015 recorded the school’s highest average ACT composite score in the history of the school. They posted a composite of 29.2 on the national college admissions and placement

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test. The Class of 2009 had the previous high with a composite score of 29.

Renowned artist

On the cover: Dr. Steve Horton and students Larke Tyler, (’17)

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and Ian Crochet, (’19)

George Rodrigue speaks Dr. Pat with

with Dr. Pat during a

his wife Betsy

visit to LSMSA


“Nothing will ever replace the honor that I have been given to serve or diminish my love for the school and what it does.”

DR. PATRICK WIDHALM SAYS GOODBYE TO LSMSA Dr. Patrick Widhalm wraps up his 15-year tenure as sixth executive director on June 30.

to seeing how another high-performing school achieves its best, while incorporating his skill set and experience. “For the school, 15 years is long enough to have one person at the helm,” he said. “I have always welcomed new ideas and incorporated many.” Widhalm is not big on regrets because he thinks you have to play the cards you are dealt to the best of your ability. “The best of my ability certainly fell short at times, but I know that it was never from a lack of desire or commitment,” he said. “I still grieve over the year that severe state cuts were imposed and positions were cut and enrollment capped. On a much more superficial level, I wish that groundbreaking for the new residence hall had already occurred,” he said. The one word Widhalm chose to describe his tenure at LSMSA: positive.“This is an exceptional place, and I am confident that the best days are ahead. Soar with the Eagles!”

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While Widhalm is looking forward to the next chapter in his life and career as Head of School at Ben Franklin in New Orleans, he cherishes his time at LSMSA.The amazing and diverse students, faculty and staff are what Widhalm will miss the most when he leaves. “It is so rewarding to see young students who meet challenges, grow, and as our mission statement says, ‘reach their individual potential and find places of work and service.’” During his 15-year tenure, many significant changes were made to the campus and its facilities. The plywood walls and makeshift black box of the Annex have been replaced by designed spaces for the arts; the asphalt parking lot between the High School Building and Annex is a green space quad and amphitheater; faculty offices are larger; Student Activities has a real home; and the SAC is no longer the only place to hang out. Widhalm felt this was the right time to make a transition because he found the opportunity to tackle a new set of challenges in a setting that is much like LSMSA. He looks forward

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“The school presents so many opportunities, strengths and outright positive challenges. I welcome challenge, I really embrace change and I tend to look at the ends rather than the means. . . . I now have the chance to do this at a really important juncture in the school’s future.”

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LSMSA WELCOMES

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Dr. Steve Horton will serve as executive director of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. The Board of Directors of the School on April 27 unanimously approved the recommendation from the search committee. He began work July 1. Horton previously served at Northwestern State University as the Chief Academic Officer, Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as a tenured professor of education. His first job was as a residence hall director for LSMSA in 1987–88. “My time in Prudhomme definitely was memorable,” he said. “I mentored several brilliant young juniors and seniors, and today I still maintain many of those relationships who are now leaders in their fields, parents of LSMSA students and all-around successful alumni. That year shaped me and significantly affected my life.”

He graduated from Northwestern State in 1988 with bachelor’s degrees in teacher education and journalism, and he earned the master’s degree in journalism and the doctorate in K-12 vocational education from Louisiana State University in 1990 and 1998. Since his employment at Northwestern in 1989, he has been a professor, student media adviser, director of alumni affairs, and head of the Department of Journalism. As a faculty member, Horton has authored or co-authored more than 25 professional publications for state, regional, national and international journals. He has also been involved in more than 30 professional presentations. “We could not be more grateful for Steve’s service to Northwestern State, and we look forward to working with him in furthering the strong partnership between LSMSA and NSU,” said Dr. Jim Henderson, NSU president.


Horton addresses a group of faculty and staff during his campus interview.

DR. STEVE HORTON in May, and Mary Katherine, a sophomore journalism major who also attends Ole Miss. The search for the executive director began in January with the announcement that the current director, Dr. Patrick Widhalm, had accepted a new position and drew 29 appli­ cations from throughout the nation, including several from higher education. The search committee included representation from the Board of Directors, the Foundation Board, faculty, alumni and parents of graduates. In determining who best met the qualifications and experience necessary, five candidates were given inter­views and two were invited for a campus visit and second interview. The campus visit allowed for input from faculty, staff and students.

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Dr. Horton’s varied professional interests have led him to leadership roles in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Phi Delta Kappa society for educators, and he has chaired the Louisiana Council of Graduate Deans. In the Natchitoches community, Horton serves as a member of the Natchitoches Historic District Commission and has completed terms as president of the NatchitochesNorthwestern Symphony Society and the Natchitoches Historic Foundation. Currently he serves on the board of directors of City Bank and Trust Co. and the NSU Foundation. He is also a member of the St. Mary’s School Advisory Council. Horton is Master of Phoenix Lodge #38 F&AM, a Nakatosh Shriner, and a member of Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club. He and his wife, Emilyn, have two daughters: Elizabeth, who graduated in nursing from The University of Mississippi

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STUDENTS WIN VERIZON APP CHALLENGE FOR STATE An app developed by five students at LSMSA was chosen as the Best in State in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The five students, all seniors, are Eli Langley, of Elton; Felecia Foy, of Benton; Timothy Shertzer, of Pineville; John Bernard, of Baton Rouge; and Connor Elsea, of Denham Springs. The app is called Disastra and is intended to be used in the event of an emergency. It holds emergency contacts, checklists for keeping safe in emergencies, and methods of communicating with family, loved ones and the authorities. “We chose to build this app after considering and discussing Louisiana’s tragic history with hurricanes, and the pain it caused some areas of our state,” Elsea said. “Originally, we thought of an idea for a simplistic hurri­cane aid app, but realized the process and information were similar and could be passed to other situations. The app is now slated to aid all disaster-

Two students received full scholarships to two of the nation’s top colleges thanks to QuestBridge. Seniors Vy Mai, of Westwego, and Christopher Jackson, of Opelousas, were among 657 students from 44 states to have received a guaranteed four-year scholarship, covering tuition, room and board and other expenses. In December, Mai learned she matched with one of her ranked colleges. “I was ecstatic and in total disbelief,” said Mai. “Not only had I matched with one of the colleges, I had matched with my number one choice, Stanford University. I didn’t think I would match with any college, never mind Stanford. To say I was happy and excited would be an understatement.” Mai plans to to study computer science. Jackson said he was conflicted when he found that he matched to Wesleyan University. “It was in my top three choices, right behind Rice and the University of Southern California. I was really set on going to Rice, and I felt like I wouldn’t enjoy Wesleyan as much. But, after doing more research on the school, I was convinced that Wesleyan is exactly the type of school I want to be at.” Jackson wants to be a film major because he would love to work in the film industry one day, hopefully as a director.

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type situations.”

QUESTBRIDGE HONORS TWO WITH FULL SCHOLARSHIPS

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From left, Connor Elsea, Timothy Shertzer, Felecia Foy, John Bernard and Eli Langley.


Pictured are, front row, from left, Madelynne Fontenot, Bethany Jenkins, Caroline Jin, Kennedy Ellender, Claire Lucas, Jessica Zhang, Michael Mayeux, Alexis Cambridge, Johnnette Johnson, Sarah Rumsey, Vy Mai and Heather Soileau; and second row, from left, Josh Ballagh, Kabir Shah, Brendan Nalbone, Jessenia Ortiz, Maya Bochas, Parker Felterman, Alese Jones, River Scrantz, Christopher Carter, Kyle Frederick and Ludwig Colimon.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDENTS COMPETE AT FESTIVAL Foreign language students competed at the 34th annual Foreign Language Festival hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University in April. LSMSA was recognized as Best School Overall Tier 2 (less than 600 students) in Spanish and French, for which the students earned a trophy. The trip was supported by the LSMSA Foundation’s Student Enrichment Fund. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS WERE :

Parker Felterman, a junior from Patterson,

Josh Ballagh, a junior from Leesville,

Ludwig Colimon, a junior from Lake Charles,

first place in Spanish Extemporaneous

third place in Spanish Poetry Level 4;

second place in French Prose Level 4;

Claire Lucas, a sophomore from Baton

Jessica Zhang, a junior from Natchitoches,

Rouge, second place in French Poetry Level I;

second place in French Extemporaneous

Speaking Level I; Alese Jones, a senior from New Iberia, second place in Spanish Prose Level I; Bethany Jenkins, a junior from Ville Platte, second place in Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking Level 2; Kabir Shah, a junior from Natchitoches, third place in Spanish Prose Level 2; Christopher Carter, a senior from Geismar, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking Level 3;

second place in Spanish Poetry Level 3; Jessenia Ortiz, a sophomore from Oberlin, second place in Spanish Prose Level 4;

first place in French Poetry Level 2; Johnnette Johnson, a senior from Marksville, first place in French Poetry Level 3; Madelynne Fontenot, a junior from Elton, first place in French Poetry Level 4;

Speaking Level I; Kyle Frederick, a senior from Breaux, third place in French Extemporaneous Speaking Level 3; and River Scrantz, a senior from Breaux Bridge, second place in French Extemporaneous Speaking Level 4.

Heather Soileau, a junior from Westlake, first place in French Prose Level 1; Kennedy Ellender, a junior from Westlake, second place in French Prose Level 2;

Other competitors included Michael Mayeux, a junior from Natchitoches; Veronica Jimenez, a junior from Bogalusa; Brendan Nalbone, a junior from Lake Charles; Vy Mai, a senior

Caroline Jin, a sophomore from Shreveport,

from Westwego; and Sarah Rumsey, a junior

third place in French Prose Level 3;

from Lake Charles.

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May Bochas, a junior from Morgan City,

Alexis Cambridge, a junior from Slidell,

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“I am deeply grateful for everything the school has given me.”

Alumna Brianna LeBoeuf (’15) and Dr. Art Williams at his retirement reception.

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DR. ART WILLIAMS HONORED WITH RECEPTION

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As Dr. Art Williams exited his classroom for the last time as a senior lecturer of English at LSMSA, students, fellow faculty members, and staff stood in the hallway to clap and cheer in recognition of his 32 years of service to the school. “I can’t say enough about my colleagues, past and present,” said Williams. “I appreciate the friendships I have made throughout the school. I am deeply grateful for everything the school has given me.” A reception was held in his honor Dec. 16 in the lobby of the Center for Performance and Technology. “This is the culmination of what has been really a couple of weeks of celebration for Art Williams, for his service to the school, for his tenure as an esteemed faculty member, as a representative on the Board of Directors, as an executive director and as the father of a graduate,” said Dr. Pat Widhalm, executive director of LSMSA. Prior to joining the LSMSA faculty in August 1984, Williams held faculty positions at college preparatory high schools in Charleston, at Oxford College and Emory College of Emory University, and at South Carolina State College. He earned his bachelor’s degree

from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his master’s degree from the Citadel and his doctorate from Emory University. As the school’s third executive director, Williams oversaw the expansion of the TeleLearning program; the renovation of the gym and addition of the Student Activity Center; the first alumni panel, which would become Connections Weekend; the arrival of the Internet to campus; the first inter-school athletic and academic competition with sister schools from Alabama and Mississippi; and renewed efforts to build the LSMSA Foundation. Williams returned to a full-time faculty position in 1994. He taught English composition and literature, as well as Shakespeare, studies in fiction, advanced expository writing, literature and science, and Southern literature. He also worked with students admitted to the EXCEL program; mentored students in Distinction projects and the Caroline Dormon studies program; sponsored the Renaissance, the school’s newspaper; and taught tennis. Sharon Gahagan, director of the LSMSA Board of Trustees, presents Dr. Art Williams with a proclamation in recognition of his 32 years of service to the school. Also pictured is Dr. Sharon Williams.


FOUNDATION SPONSORS SCHOOL’S FIRST-EVER SABBATICAL PROGRAM

A commitment to encouraging young women’s aspirations in computing led to an LSMSA instructor’s national recognition. Sanjeetha Peters, an instructor of mathematics and computer science, was named the recipient of the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award presented by the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Peters, who began at LSMSA in 1997, has taught game design through C++, data structures, accelerated college algebra and trigonometry. Peters received two engraved commemorative trophies, one for herself and one for LSMSA. She will also receive a $250 cash award, up to $750 of expense reimbursement for computing-related professional development activities, a bag of NCWIT resources and NCWIT branded items.

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Dr. Link Hall was ready for a breather, and thanks to the generosity of the LSMSA Foundation, its donors and its new sabbatical program, he was finally able to take one. “I have taught for 32 straight years, a full load every time, without any real break,” he said. “I would like very much to thank the Foundation and our donors for making this a priority to try to get enough money to do this.” Donations from the Foundation’s Richard G. Brown Fund for Faculty Advancement will be used to cover the costs of two semester-long sabbaticals for the next several years. “The LSMSA Foundation is thrilled to sponsor LSMSA’s first-ever sabbatical program,” said Katja Thomakos, executive director. “The class of 1990 stepped up during their recent 25-year reunion and raised nearly $50,000 for the sabbaticals.” During the fall 2015 semester, Hall worked on a slang booklet, brushed up on his German and read some Middle English text. “I didn’t have to work all the time,” said Hall. “There was some time to just sort of ponder what I was doing.” An interest and training in genealogy led Dr. Elizabeth Hall to want to take a sabbatical in the spring 2016 semester. “One of the wonderful things about the sabbatical program is that it gives faculty a chance to pursue academic interests that are outside of their immediate academic field,” she said. “A lot of us here who teach at LSMSA have academic interests that go beyond just the subject we teach here.” Elizabeth spent her sabbatical reading and transcribing notebooks written by her grandfather, Dr. Fred R. Yoder, a distinguished economist and rural sociologist in eastern Washington. He traveled all over the region interviewing old pioneers and took copious notes in tiny 3x5-inch field books. Last summer, Elizabeth happened to be looking through some books at her mother’s house and came across a thin volume of a few of the pioneers’ lives that her grandfather published. A great deal of her time was spent in Washington because the information she needed was archived. “It is only because of the sabbatical that I had time to do this,” she said.

INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING EDUCATOR AWARD

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From left, Ryan Farr, Mary Green and Nolan Huguet

SUPPORTERS RECOGNIZED WITH WINGSPAN AWARDS At the fifth annual 1983 Society celebration held in September at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge, three donors giving $1,983 or more to the Foundation last year were recognized. The second annual 1983 Society Wingspan Awards for Dedication were presented to Ryan Farr, Mary

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Green and Nolan Huguet.

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This award recognizes and celebrates the dedication of individuals and organizations that demonstrate meaningful and extraordinary support for LSMSA through financial means, volunteer time, advocacy, and other avenues of engagement considered to go above and beyond. Originally from Mansfield and living in Santa Monica, Farr is an LSMSA alumnus from the class of 1990.

He was an LSMSA Foundation trustee for nine years, serving as vice president for two years and president for another two. He planned his 20-year class reunion and co-planned his 25-year reunion, and he helped organize the first On the Road alumni networking event in 2007. Green is a parent of three LSMSA graduates. She was a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for five years, where she served as its secretary. As a parent, she


From left, Mary Ellen Slayter (’95), Foundation trustee; J.C. Wells (’89), Alumni Association past president; Ryan Farr (’90), Wingspan Award recipient; Dr. Patrick Widhalm, LSMSA executive director; Mary Green, Wingspan Award recipient; Bill New, Foundation president; Nolan Huguet (’91), Wingspan Award recipient; Katja Thomakos, Foundation executive director; Michael Robertson, (’91), Foundation vice president; and Jamie Smith (’88), Alumni Association president.

Bill New, President Michael E. Robertson, II (’91),   Vice President Micah Luftig (’94), Treasurer John Pritchard (’88), Secretary Rodney Allen Ashley Amy (’94) Larry Bossier Beth Colvin (’98) Heidi Gomez (’92) Jane Kang (’91) Leizl Montecillo (’01) Seema Patel (’96) Leah Tarpy Rodgers (’90) Mary Ellen Slayter (’95) Niescja Turner (’90)

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was involved right away in the PALS Parents’ Association, becoming a regional representative for the group. Huguet was originally a member of the LSMSA class of 1991, but did not graduate from LSMSA. Despite this, he has attended every single reunion weekend since 2009, making sure to visit with alumni of all ages and encouraging the alumni family to network with each other. He has attended the annual alumni Social Service Weekend for the past four years, an event established by the Alumni Association as a way for alumni to give back to the school through a weekend of campus service work. Huguet was also presented with an LSMSA alumni pin on behalf of the Alumni Association in recognition of his contributions to the alumni family. “It was truly a pleasure to recognize these three extraordinary supporters with the Wingspan Award,” said Katja Thomakos, executive director. “The LSMSA Foundation is incredibly grateful to each and every one of our donors. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to provide significant support to the students, faculty, and staff of LSMSA each year.” The 1983 Society commemorates the year LSMSA opened, recognizing the backbone supporters of the LSMSA Foundation who donate $1,983 or more each fiscal year. For more information, visit www.LSMSA.edu/1983society.

LSMSA FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

Renu Swartz (’85)

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RICHARD G. BROWN FUND FOR FACULTY ADVANCEMENT Named after the late history instructor and executive director of LSMSA, the Richard G. Brown Fund for Faculty Advancement enriches the school by providing annual, individual grants for the professional development of the faculty and staff.

GRANT RECIPIENTS 2015  –   2 016 SCHOOL YEAR The LSMSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible. • Mail a check payable to LSMSA Foundation to: 715 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA  71457

AUDRA ALLEN

DR. PAMELA FRANCIS

Dance Science and Somatics

Writing travel/Travel Writing:

Educators Conference 2016

British Writers in the Balkans

Salt Lake City

Greece, Albania, Serbia, Belgium

• Online at www.LSMSA.edu/Donate

ANDREW NIEMAN

DR. MAGGIE HODGE

• Set up a monthly auto pay through your bank (ACH)

The National Association of Social

20th International Congress

• Volunteer — email foundation@LSMSA.edu

Workers Annual National Conference

of Arachnology

Washington, D.C.

Denver

EVERYDAY GIVING Use GoodShop.com for your online purchases and a percentage of your purchase will be donated back to LSMSA.

KIMBERLY CAIN

ERIN KING

American School Counseling

Counselor internship at LSMSA

Association Annual Conference

Natchitoches

New Orleans

Save your Community Coffee UPC’s and mail them to the Foundation for use in the Cash For Schools program. *New! Welzoo.com. Donate 0.03 every day you open your Internet browser by selecting the LSMSA Foundation as your

JOHN BIRCH

LISA BENNER

Association of Boarding

Voice lessons with Twyla Robinson

Schools Conference 2015

Shreveport

Boston

charity for your Welzoo home page. Complete the registration at www.welzoo.com/join/louisiana-school-of-math-scien/ x00X_FQ, or by following the link on our “What You Can Do through Rewards Programs” website page.

RICHARD G. BROWN FUND CHALLENGE MATCH SMASHES GOAL

Note: The LSMSA Foundation is not eligible for the Amazon Smiles Program or Box Tops for Education.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT Ask your employer if they have a matching gift policy and you can double, even triple, the impact of your gift

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to LSMSA at no additional cost to you.

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The LSMSA Foundation launched its first-ever Challenge Match campaign from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15. One generous donor offered to donate up to $15,000 toward the Richard G. Brown Fund for Faculty Advancement on the condition that other donors match that amount by Dec. 15. The donor is a grandparent of four LSMSA graduates and hoped to encourage and inspire others to show their support for the LSMSA family by contributing to the Brown Fund. The Challenge Match was an overwhelming success, and donors raised a little more than $19,000, which, combined with the $15,000 match, meant that more than $34,000 was raised.


Did You Know? More than 80 percent of our donations come from alumni, parents, grandparents, friends and employees Since 2010, the LSMSA Foundation has spent more than $1.3 million directly on programs, projects, and faculty and student needs for LSMSA

DANCE STUDIO LOCKERS

ATHLETICS EQUIPMENT

TI GRAPHING CALCULATORS

New lockers in the dance studio provide conve-

Money from the annual fund helped purchase

Technology is always changing, and the math

nient storage for Dance Ensemble members.

supplies for the first-ever soccer team at LSMSA:

department at LSMSA was able to upgrade its

portable goals, soccer balls and jerseys. Addi-

older stock of graphing calculators with new,

tional athletic equipment included basketballs

state-of-the-art TI-84 graphing calculators.

“It is so much easier having my dance stuff already in the studio,” said Janie Bourgeois (’17). “It is one less thing to worry about packing, plus it keeps my bag from being heavy and smelly.” Dance Ensemble members crowd around new lockers

and basketball jerseys, volleyballs and volleyball carts, and scorebooks.

Jennifer Mangum demonstrates how to use the new calculators

LSMSA’s First Soccer Team

MUSCULAR ANATOMY MODELS Dr. Allison Landry was able to purchase three new human muscular anatomy models for use in her human anatomy courses. SUMMER 2016

Students utilize the new models in class

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Front row, from left, Alice Shikina, Brigette Bechtel, Jancinta Gisclair and Ann Glaviano; second row, from left, Joshua Callendret, Kristina Irvan Donovan, Michael Thornton, Jonathan Bailly and Grant Belgard; and third row, from left, Keith Nicewarner, Donna Pedder Peterson, Derek Richard and Richard Funnell.

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SPEAKERS RETURN FOR CONNECTIONS WEEKEND

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They graduated in different years, decades and even centuries, but the 15 alumni who returned to LSMSA for Connections Weekend all had one thing in common: a love and passion for the school that started them on their journey to success. Connections Weekend is held each October and offers alumni an opportunity to connect with students and speak with them about their college and career choices while offering some life advice as individuals who know what it is to be a student at LSMSA.

The speakers were Jonathan Bailly (’90); Brigitte Bechtel (’03); Grant Belgard (’04); Joshua Callendret (’09); Kristina Irvan Donovan (’87); Richard Funnell (’03); Jancinta Gisclair (’98); Ann Glaviano (’01); Jay Johnson (’94); John-Paul Milton (’11); Keith Nicewarner (’86); Donna Pedder Peterson (’88); Derek Richard (’06); Alice Shikina (’89); and Michael Thornton (’87).

Interested in participating in Connections Weekend 2016? Be on the lookout for application materials sent via email each summer.


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL TAILGATE AT LSU Save the date! Oct. 15, 2016, is the third annual LSU tailgate event. Check your email and the Alumni Association Facebook page for details.

EVER PARTICIPATED IN SOCIAL SERVICE WEEKEND? Social Service Weekend is where alumni come together to complete service projects for LSMSA. Ten years going strong!

For more information, visit our Facebook page, LSMSA Social Service

Weekend, and ask to join the group. There you can get all the details about the weekend, see other projects completed in past years and sign up to attend. Social Service Weekend 2015 participants

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ALUMNI RETURN FOR

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REUNIONS

Classes of 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006

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THE PARENTS’ COUNCIL KEPT BUSY THIS YEAR WITH FOUR LARGE EVENTS ON BEHALF OF THE LSMSA COMMUNITY. CONNECTIONS WEEKEND LUNCHEON

SENIOR BANQUET

On the Saturday of Connections Weekend, the Parents’ Council hosted a luncheon for the entire school and visiting parents and alumni. Chaired by Michael and Patrice Moulton, parents of a sophomore, the Dr. Seussthemed event provided food and entertainment for more than 350 guests.

Chaired by Larry Bossier, parent of an LSMSA alumnus, the second year of this event featured a formal dinner for graduating students, along with fellow juniors acting as servers.

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FACULTY & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

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This week-long event was chaired by Kelly Miller, parent of a sophomore; and Michelle Jochim, parent of a senior. The parents showed their appreciation to LSMSA educators with daily treats, a fully cleaned and stocked faculty lounge, a community luncheon and door prizes for faculty and staff.

GRADUATION PARTY This annual tradition provided a safe and fun venue for the entire LSMSA community to celebrate graduation. Food, door prizes, music, games and a photo booth were arranged by event chairs Kelly (‘86) and Kelley Rodrigue, parents of an alumnus. Email parentscouncil@lsmsa.edu for information about future events and ways to get involved.


PARENTS’ COUNCIL OFFICERS 2015–16 President Kelly Rodrigue (’86), parent of alumnus Vice President Kristina Donovan (’87), parent of sophomore Secretary and Electronic Communications Chair Darryl Barrios, parent of sophomore

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The LSMSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Consider donating today to support quality education in Louisiana through LSMSA! The LSMSA Foundation develops and manages resources to enhance the work of LSMSA, a preeminent, state-supported, residential high school for LA’s high achieving Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Your input is always welcome. Contact Katja Thomakos, Executive Director: kthomakos@lsmsa.edu 318.357.2578 www.LSMSA.edu/Foundation

Class of 2016

STUDENT MOVE IN-DAY August 13, 2016

MATRICULATION CEREMONY September 2, 2016

ON THE ROAD: DURHAM, NC August 25, 2016

CONNECTIONS WEEKEND October 14–15, 2016

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION LSU TAILGATE  October 15, 2016

ALUMNI ART SHOW October 2016 REUNION WEEKEND 2017 May 19–21, 2017

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