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Luis Ortiz, left, observes as

Dr. Anderson demonstrates the

Amy Liu, left, and Luis Ortiz, right, watch as

Bryce Moulton extracts DNA

proper method to examine DNA.

Dr. Hodge demonstrates how to extract DNA.

STUDENTS AT LSMSA LEARN HOW TO EXAMINE DNA IN LAB Students enrolled in Cells and Genetics learned how to examine DNA using a method called gel electrophoresis during a lab held in November. According to instructor Dr. Margaret Hodge, this is the most basic technique used in molecular biology. Students in the class include McKenzie Cutrer, a junior from Denham Springs; Edouard Ferrell, a junior from Natchitoches; Christian Hairr, a senior from Sulphur; Corey King, a senior from Hammond; Amy Liu, a junior from

Alex­andria; Rory Marziale, a senior from Bush; Caitlyn Morrison, a junior from Gloster; Bryce Moulton, a junior from Natchitoches; Allyssa Neubauer, a junior from Lake Charles; Aliyah Newell, a senior from Opelousas; Luis Ortiz, a senior from Oberlin; Sidney Paulk, a senior from Deville; Mary Edna Tanksley, a junior from Lake Providence; Gabby Tramonte, a senior from Lake Charles; and Adriana Walker, a senior from Natchitoches.


Pictured are, front row, Gotte, left, and Randall; and second row, from left, Heitman, Skillman, Noakes, Jin and LaCaze.


Four members of the student newspaper staff placed in competitions at the 43rd Journalism Day hosted by Northwestern State University in November. The school newspaper, the Renaissance, and yearbook, the Rubicon, also received honors. Will Heitman, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, won first place in the radio competition. In the TV news category, Olivia Gotte, a junior from Iota, placed first. Winning in the media writing competition was Rosemarie Skillman, a sophomore from Denham Springs. Kaitlyn Randall, a junior from Vidalia, placed second in the media writing competition. In the newspaper competition, LSMSA placed first, and the school’s yearbook placed second. First place winners of each individual competition were awarded $500 scholarships to attend NSU and major in communica­ tion. Also competing were Caroline Jin, a junior from Shreveport, and Alena Noakes, a junior from Dry Prong. Pictured are, front row, Olivia Gotte, left, and Kaitlyn Randall; and second row, from left, Will Heitman, Rosemarie Skillman, Alena Noakes, Caroline Jin and Thorn LaCaze, newspaper sponsor.


The Gift, Spring 2017 issue  

The Gift, Spring 2017 issue