Five LSMSA students commended in the 2019 National Merit Program

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LSMSA- Five seniors from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students are Keanu Bartolome of Terrytown, Jordan Byrd of Denham Springs, Elyse Duplantier of Zachary, Grace Fields of Prairieville, and Manjistha Lakhotia of Lafayette.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Executive Director Steven Horton to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship award, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented 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 education opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

LSMSA is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Interested students can start the process at