by Rebekah Maricelli

Students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) competed at this year’s FBLA Northwest Regional Conference at Northwestern State University in early February. The following LSMSA students placed first or superior and qualified to compete at the Louisiana State FBLA Leadership Conference in Lafayette in March:


  • Tum-Tum Adeleye (‘22) of Natchitoches – Journalism
  • Aroma Chanda (‘23) of Hammond – Hospitality and Event Management; Human Resources Management 1st place
  • Max Collette (‘22) of Lake Charles – Cyber Security; Supply Chain Management
  • Carter Copsey (‘23) of Loranger – Computer Problem Solving; Cyber Security
  • Brady Covington (‘22) of Walker – Business Law 1st place
  • Emma Crawford (‘23) of Hammond – Marketing; Health Care Administration
  • Isabella Danos (‘23) of Independence – Marketing; Journalism
  • Samantha Dugan (‘23) of Mandeville – Hospitality and Event Management; Job Interview
  • Julia Ferrell (‘22) of Natchitoches – Ms. FBLA 1st place; Organizational Leadership
  • Haley Flynn (‘22) of Bossier City – Hospitality and Event Management; Help Desk
  • Joshua Gillett (‘23) of Lake Charles – Computer Problem Solving 1st place; Computer Applications 1st place
  • Garrett Gould (‘23) of Sulphur – Business Ethics
  • Ryan Kappil (‘24) of Madisonville – Introduction to Business Procedures; Introduction to Business Concepts
  • Isabella Le (‘22) of Lafayette – Business Calculations
  • Ryan Le (‘24) of Lafayette – Introduction to Financial Math; Introduction to Information Technology 1st place
  • Clara Lee (‘22) of Ponchatoula – Impromptu Speaking
  • Anne Michelle Long (‘23) of Natchitoches – Business Communication
  • Oliver Mixon (‘22) of Lake Charles – Personal Finance 1st Place; Securities and Investments
  • Ilea Watson (‘22) of Watson – Public Speaking
  • Kambrian Winston (‘22) of Lake Charles – Business Ethics


Hosted by LSMSA senior and Louisiana State FBLA President Julia Ferrell (‘22) of Natchitoches and Louisiana State FBLA District III Vice President Aroma Chanda (‘23) of Hammond, the conference was attended by over 400 students from 19 schools throughout the region.


“I could not be prouder of our students,” said LSMSA FBLA sponsor and Human Resources Officer Sheila Kidd. “They are representing our school and the state so well with their hard work and dedication.”




LSMSA educates highly motivated, high-achieving incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors from throughout the state. Inquiring parents and students may visit to learn more, complete online applications, and submit transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and current teachers’ recommendations. For more information about this tuition-free, publicly funded residential high school, please visit

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