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Locals graduate LSMAS


NATCHITOCHES — Ninety-two seniors, including three Bossier Parish natives, comprised the 30th graduating class of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts and they participated in their commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 24, in Prather Coliseum located on the campus of Northwestern State University.

“Graduates, we are here today to make this a truly memorable occasion so that you can look back on the accomplishments of this day with pride and with appreciation,” said Dr. Patrick Widhalm, executive director. “Seniors, soon to be graduates, this coliseum is filled with people who believe in you and who respect your accomplishments.”

Graduating Bossier Parish students included: Morgan Campo, Haughton; Carlie Procell, Bossier City; and Taylor Tonnies, Bossier City.


Samantha McWilliams, of Baton Rouge, presented the senior address.

“When I first applied to LSMSA, it was to join a group of people that highly valued education,” said McWilliams. “What I discovered my first year here is that we are very passionate about what we love.

“Everyone always says LSMSA will prepare you for college, but I think it does more than that. Here, you feel resistance and learn persistence and discover how to be a leader. It prepares you for the real world. It prepares you for life.”

Jason El Koubi, president and CEO of the Lafayette Area Chamber of Commerce and a 1996 graduate of LSMSA, delivered the commencement address.

“I am tremendously excited today to be with you all,” he said. “For the graduates, this is your day, but it is also a big day for the Louisiana School as you represent the 30th graduating class. As you approach this milestone, it is a good time to consider a few thank yous: to those who raised you, to those who taught you and trained you, to those who pushed you, to those who carried you when you were too weak to run.”

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.


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