Jojo Deep of Natchitoches inducted into LSMSA Hall of Fame The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) held its annual Senior Recognition Ceremony to honor the Class of 2019 Friday, May 17. The ceremony celebrated personal character, academic excellence and development of skills in each academic discipline. Jayaditya “Jojo” Deep of Natchitoches was one of six seniors inducted into the Robert A. Alost Hall of Fame.
This award, named after the school’s founding director, is considered the highest honor bestowed upon LSMSA seniors, with students hand-picked by a committee of faculty and residential life staff members.
“He’s been an ambassador, a peer mentor, a tutor and a member of the basketball and ultimate Frisbee teams,” said Executive Director Dr. Steven G. Horton. “He’s not only brilliant, but he’s humble, caring, selfless and has the utmost respect for his classmates and his teachers.”
Deep’s passion is in mathematics. He was president of LSMSA’s Math Club, a volunteer coach for MATHCOUNTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging math and application to middle school students, and participated in several mathematics competitions. He was also one of seven LSMSA students who graduated with distinction for his independent research project titled “Finding the Singular Locus.” During his research, he analyzed single points on a graph in a given variety, the “singular locus,” and developed an algorithm to calculate these points. This was done under the direction of Associate Lecturer of Mathematics Randy Key.
In addition, Deep was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and graduated LSMSA with a perfect ACT score and a 4.0 GPA.
Deep continues a family legacy at LSMSA. His sister, Deeksha Deep, was also a LSMSA Hall of Fame inductee in 2012.
The other 2019 Hall of Fame inductees were Marlies Carter of Madisonville, Colt Crain of Zachary, Daniel Metzger of Slidell, Casey Tonnies of Bossier City and Benjamin Walker of Mandeville.