LSMSA honors students at Future Scientist Program Banquet

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The new inductees are, from left, Dana Ward, Camille Seymour (’21), Kami Self (’21), Taylor Rutherford (’20), Vani Pandian (’21), Emma McCarthy (’21), Julianne Le (’20), Paige Delsa (’21), Jayaditya “Jojo” Deep (’19), Chad Cook (’20), Acacia Coker (’20), Jordan Byrd (’19), Andre Bourque (’20), Logan Bertrand (’20), Cera Aex (’21) and Nicholas Adams (’20). Not pictured are Sneha Anthony (’21), Andrea Chen (’20), Mila Griffith (’20), Camille Hollier (’20), Emily Johnson (’20), Sarah Johnson (’21), Aubrey Prewitt (’21), Marisa Reno (’21), Adelaide Soileau (’21) and Caleb Tynes (’20).

LSMSA Students who excelled in the sciences were honored at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts’s (LSMSA) 13th annual Future Scientist Program (FSP) banquet. The event was Saturday, May 4 at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

During the banquet, the group recognized all of the new and rising members of the program. Each student received a certificate for their acceptance and their accomplishments. Members of the Senior class who completed the program were also recognized. Each of the seniors received a medal in Excellence to wear at graduation and will receive an Excellence in Science at LSMSA’s Senior Recognition ceremony May 17.

Seniors receiving medals of Excellence were:

Rising junior FSP members stand proudly with their certificates of accomplishment. From left are Olufunke Adeleye, Karan Baker, Emery Haynes, Samuel Konur, Kathryn Lee, Linh Nguyen and Anna Sloan. Not pictured are Sara Mixon and Nyihaji Woods.

* Jordan Byrd of Denham Springs * Marlies Carter of Madisonville * Colt Crain of Zachary * Ian Crochet of New Iberia * Jayaditya Deep of Natchitoches * Donavan Dowden of Shreveport * Myles Fabre of Baton Rouge * Grace Fields of Prairieville * Juliet Flanagan of Pearl River * Daniel Metzger of Slidell * John Cooper Miller of Natchitoches * Oluwatobi Ojemakinde of Shreveport * Ishika Patel of Many

* Collin Serigne of Cut Off * Joan Sporer of Leesville * Jaiden Stark of DeRidder * Casey Tonnies of Bossier City * Chris Tonnies of Bossier City * Ben Walker of Mandeville

Recipients were introduced by Senior Lecturer of Chemistry Dr. Chris Hynes, who also serves as the department’s student research advisor, and Principal Lecturer of Biology and Department Chair Dr. Allison Landry.

Senior FSP members stand proudly with their certificates and medals of Excellence. From left are Jordan Byrd, Marlies Carter, Colt Crain, Ian Crochet, Jayaditya “Jojo” Deep, Myles Fabre, Grace Fields, Juliet Flanagan, Daniel Metzger, Oluwatobi Ojemakinde, Ishika Patel, Collin Serigne, Joan Sporer, Jaiden Stark, Chris Tonnies and Ben Walker. Not pictured are Donavan Dowden, John Cooper Miller and Casey Tonnies.

LSMSA alumna Mila’na Thomas (’10) was the Keynote Speaker at the event. Thomas currently works as a research associate at the University of Texas at Dallas’s Material Science Department. “I want to take the time to congratulate all of you on your accomplishments in the Future Scientist Program,” expressed Thomas in her address.

“When I was here, I remember it being a lot of hard work, but it was worth the while because it taught me about service, how to mentor and pointed me into the direction of what I wanted to do.” At the end of the banquet, Hynes and Landry recognized each of the faculty members within the Science Department, all of whom were mentors to students in the program. Catering for the event was provided by Sodexo USA.