by Corey Poole
The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is proud to announce that Olutunmike “Tum Tum” Adeleye (’22) of Natchitoches was selected as Student of the Year for the LSMSA District.
Adeleye will now be eligible to compete on the regional level and will be required to submit a detailed portfolio that documents a comprehensive summary of her high school career, both at Natchitoches Central High School and LSMSA.
“This competition gives us another way to celebrate our students and our community. We’re so pleased that Tum Tum is a member of our community and that she represents LSMSA in this role,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “We all wish her luck in the future weeks as she moves to the final competition.”
Over the past few weeks, over 20 seniors were identified as eligible for the Student of the Year statewide competition. In addition to Adeleye, seniors from LSMSA who submitted autobiographies as part of the initial step of the Louisiana Department of Education’s statewide selection process included Travis Elmore (’22) of Slidell, Jordan Hoffman (’22) of Lake Charles, Abigail Huddleston (’22) of Lake Charles, Clara Lee (’22) of Ponchatoula, Kyler Naquin (’22) of Houma, and Sunny Yusufji (’22) of Shreveport.
Director of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Kristi Key shared her gratitude for these students and what they represent.
“One of the many fantastic attributes of our campus is that our students represent outstanding scholarship, leadership, and community involvement across the board,” she said. “The entire cohort of finalists captured so much of what makes our school such an amazing place – their community service, their leadership and advocacy for others, their personal stories of how they came to LSMSA and what is important about this place for them.”