National Merit program names commended Geismer student, alsong with 12 others at LSMSA

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

NATCHITOCHES – Thirteen seniors from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts were recognized as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship program including Christopher Carter of Geismar. 

     The additional 12 students are Dale Campo of Houma, Felecia Foy of Benton, Thomas Hailey of Ponchatoula, Desire Johnson of Thibodaux, Jamin Kidd of Zachary, Grant Libby of Oak Grove, Temitope Olatinwo of Natchitoches, Mark Prutz of Baton Rouge, River Scrantz of Breaux Bridge, Hannah Vincent of Youngsville, Isabela Walkin of Lake Charles and Danni Yang of Alexandria.

     About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

     “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.

     “We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

     Prospective students and their parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the LSMA on Monday, Nov. 9, when the school hosts its annual Exploration Day.

     The event is for eighth to 11th grade students. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the lobby of the High School Building.

     Exploration Day is held twice annually and is designed to give an overview of the academic, social and residential life programs that LSMSA offers. The winter Exploration Day will be held on Monday, Jan. 18.

     Representatives from each discipline including English, history, math, science, foreign languages, sports and arts will be available to speak with parents and answer questions. There will also be tours of the campus led by Student Ambassadors.

     Prospective students are encouraged to attend classes while parents participate in sessions presented by the Counseling Center, Academic Affairs, Finance and Operations, Student Services and other departments.

     Exploration Day is designed for students and parents to experience LSMSA in a personal way and to experience what is meant by living-learning community. Prospective students are encouraged to sit in on classes that interest them while parents learn about the school’s academic and residential life programs.

     To register online for Exploration Day, go to or (800) 259-3173.