Rotary learns about LSMSA’s Excel Student Support Program


The spotlight was on the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts (LSMSA) Excel Student Support Program at the Rotary Club of Natchitoches meeting May 15. LSMSA Math Professor Jennifer Mangum has taught at LSMSA for 19 years and participated in the Excel program since its inception in 2003. Along with Mangum, LSMSA Biology Professor Jason Anderson and LSMSA Senior Adreanna Queen discussed their enthusiastic participation in the Excel Program. The purpose of Excel is to identify underrepresented students with gifts and talents and provide a summer boot camp to teach rigor and structure, so they can learn how to learn and be successful. If the students do well in this boot camp, then they may apply to LSMSA. Many students in this program are the first member of their family to graduate from high school.

Pictured from left are LSMSA Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton, Anderson, Mangum, Rotary President David Zolzer, and Queen (photo by Dr. Ron McBride).