LSMSA students excel at state FBLA competition

In late March, students with the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA)’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club attended the State Leadership Conference in Lafayette, where Esha Patel (‘25) of Alexandria was elected 2023-2024 District III Vice President.

All LSMSA participants competed individually and in teams against students from throughout the state in competitions focused on practical business skills involving communication practices, written tests and oral presentations, and those placing fourth or higher qualified to compete in the national competition in Atlanta in June:

  • Aiden Allgire (‘24) of Port Barre – Business Law, fourth place
  • Aroma Chanda (‘23) of Hammond – Computer Game & Simulation Programming, first place; and Human Resource Management, third place
  • Joshua Gillett (‘23) of Lake Charles – Computer Game & Simulation Programming, first place
  • Marlie Harris (‘25) of Berwick – International Business, first place
  • Audie Hauptman (‘25) of Denham Springs – Sports & Entertainment Management, ninth place
  • Jude Kannankeril (‘25) of Marrero –  Computer Game & Simulation Programming, first place
  • Alivelu Morampudi (‘25) of Monroe – Business Management, first place
  • Esha Patel (‘25) of Alexandria – Marketing, fourth place
  • Maddie Riles (‘25) of Carencro – Business Calculations, fourth place; and Introduction to Business Communication, fourth place
  • Evan Shelton (‘23) of Leesville – Cyber Security, sixth place
  • Ava Toms (‘24) of Castor – Health Care Administration, first place; and Business Communication, third place
  • Kyler Toms (‘25) of Castor – Introduction to Business Procedures  , first place
  • Isaac Young (‘25) of Natchitoches – Computer Applications, first place

FBLA is one of more than 50 student clubs and organizations offered at LSMSA, a tuition-free, residential, public high school for high-achieving rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a nominal room and board fee to cover housing, meals, and campus activities. The LSMSA Foundation offers assistance for families in need. For more information about the Louisiana School or to apply for the 2023-24 school year, visit