Seniors recognized in Artist-in-Training Program at LSMSA

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts’s (LSMSA) held its annual Arts Awards ceremony event on Tuesday, April 30. Students in attendance were recognized for individual achievements in visual, performance, musical and new media art.

A group of 14 seniors were honored at the event for having received Artists-in-Training (AIT) recognition.

Students who receive AIT recognition underwent discipline-specific requirements, which included taking additional coursework, undergoing independent research and attending three masterclasses related to their field of study. Students were also required to maintain a 3.5 GPA in their discipline, maintain a 3.0 GPA overall at LSMSA, maintain good behavioral standing and remain consistent with their individual programs.

Abigail LeBlanc of Fordoche received an AIT recognition with a focus in dance. To receive this, LeBlanc underwent a designated amount of technique and dance ensemble courses, took two semesters of either Dance Improvisation, Dance Composition or Dance History and presented a Senior Capstone dance performance.

Horn player Juan Cecchini and trombonist Jonas Truax, both of Denham Springs, received AIT recognition with an instrumental focus. Cecchini and Truax took a required amount of mixed ensemble, instrumental and music theory courses. They were also required to participate in District and State ensemble competitions and present a juried Senior Recital.

Casey Tonnies of Bossier City received AIT recognition in Technical Theatre. To receive this, Tonnies was required to take beginning and advanced acting classes, a stagecraft or stage production class, three semesters of additional art classes and compile an accepted senior portfolio. She was also required to participate in the annual Thespian Convention during each year of her AIT program.

Caroline Koonce of Pearland and Arden Miller of Shongaloo received AIT recognition in Theatre. Both students were required to take beginning and advanced acting classes, participate in Theatre Repertory, undergo an independent study or take a course in Stage Combat, Improv or Musical Theatre Cabaret, attend the annual Thespian Convention and hold a Senior AIT Performance.

Seven seniors received AIT recognition in Visual Arts. The students are Luke Boston of Covington, Marlies Carter of Madisonville, Hadley Hines of Baton Rouge, Isabella Hood of Hammond, Rachel Schnadelbach of Hammond, Collin Serigne of Cut Off and Jordan Smith of Geismar. These students were required to take six or more additional art courses outside of LSMSA’s requirements for graduation, attend at least two visual art events, participate in at least one gallery showing and participate in at least one physical or online art competition on a local, state, national or international level.

Christopher Comeaux of Covington was awarded an AIT focus in Vocal performance. To receive this, he took a required amount of chorale, vocal study and music theory courses and held a Senior Recital. He was also required to participate in the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) Festival and get accepted into either the LMEA or All-State Choirs during his Junior and Senior year.

LSMSA’s comprehensive art program allows for students to gain an advantage in the areas of visual, musical and performance arts. Students interested in taking specialized arts courses can apply for the 2019-2020 school year at

Pictured above: From left are Senior Lecturer of Instrumentals Dr. Al Benner, Arden Miller, Instructor of Theatre Scott Theriot, Caroline Koonce, Instructor of Technical Theatre Karn Richoux, Casey Tonnies, Instructor of Dance Crystal Lewis, Abigail LeBlanc, Rachel Schnadelbach, Isabella Hood, Jordan Smith, Lecturer of Visual Arts Chris King, Luke Boston, Collin Serigne, Senior Lecturer of Voice and Chorale Lisa Benner, Christopher Comeaux, Jonas Truax, and Juan Cecchini. Not pictured: Marlies Carter, and Hadley Hines.