The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) honored the graduating Class of 2019 at the school’s annual Senior Banquet, held Sunday, May 5, 2019
Students dressed to impress and enjoyed specialty cuisines as they shared memories of their time at LSMSA. The LSMSA Parents’ Council hosted the event through the generous donations of parents and grandparents.
“The Senior Banquet tradition began in 2015 as a way for the Parents’ Council to honor LSMSA graduates with an upscale dining experience,” said LSMSA Foundation Executive Director Angela Robinson (’93). “For the first two years, the banquet was held in the LSMSA dining hall.
“In 2017, the Parents’ Council decided to move the event off campus to make it a more memorable evening for the seniors.”
Over the course of the evening, the students were addressed by Robinson, LSMSA Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton, Lecturer of Biology Dr. Jason Anderson and Senior Class President Rachel Judson.
“I want you to all think back to the person you were the day you got here,” said Judson, in her address to her fellow senior classmates. “Your maturity level, your opinions and the music you listened to. Think about how much you’ve seen and experienced since then. You’ve learned more than you thought you could, made the lifelong friends you heard the alumni talk about, and grown as a person in the process.
“Right now, I’m feeling torn like we all are. One part of me wants the diploma to be in my hand, and the other wants there to be more time. But now, it’s time for us to go out into the real world and let our time at LSMSA guide us through the next chapter of our lives. It’s time to move on and be the people we’re meant to be.”
Following Judson and Anderson’s address, the group enjoyed their dinner before being recognized and honored by Chief of Staff and Senior Class Sponsor John Allen (’98).
Seventy-five seniors received the coveted Acorn Pin that commemorates a student being enrolled at LSMSA for three years.