Louisiana’s First Lady Delivers Commencement Address to LSMSA’s 35th Commencement

By Kevin Shannahan

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The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts held its 35th commencement May 18 at NSU’s Prather Coliseum. Mrs. Donna H. Edwards, First Lady of Louisiana, was a special guest and delivered the commencement address to the 113 graduates and their friends and families. First Lady Edwards, a former public school teacher, congratulated several of the graduates whom she had taught in their younger days.

The 2019 LSMSA graduating class have truly distinguished themselves, setting several school records. They earned over $36 million in merit based scholarships, exceeding the previous record by $4 million. The class also earned a record 3,000 hours of college credit from dual enrollment and articulation agreements. Eight Natchitoches residents were among these superbly accomplished students.

The graduates will be attending universities throughout the country, with one attending McGill University in Montreal. Two are attending Yale, one Harvard and 59 class members are staying in Louisiana for their undergraduate years.

The LSMSA is a truly life changing place and is a under-recognized force for good in Louisiana. The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to the LSMSA class of 2019. We are looking forward to seeing great things from all of you. We also wish Godspeed to the two graduates taking their place in the defense of our nation at West Point and the United States’ Marine Corps. We are looking forward to seeing you as fellow Veterans. Well done, ladies and gentlemen!