by Corey Poole
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) Senior Tum Tum Adeleye of Natchitoches is one of 21 students selected as finalists in the state’s annual Student of the Year Competition. Schools were asked to submit one candidate from their student body. The finalists represent one elementary, middle and high school from each of the state’s seven regions.
Prior to selecting the three state winners, the state selection committee will conduct interviews and review portfolios and writing samples from each finalist.
“This competition gives us another way to celebrate our students,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “We’re so pleased that Tum Tum is a member of our community and that she represents LSMSA in this role.”
Students are selected based on academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and service to their schools and communities. Regional selection committees also use electronic portfolios of accomplishments, along with student writing samples and interviews to assess the communication and critical thinking skills of each candidate.
Tum Tum and the other finalists will participate in an awards ceremony on April 13. The winners for each grade level will be announced.
“I’m proud of each of these students and honored to have them represent us as Louisiana Student of the Year finalists,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley.
LSMSA has educated highly motivated, high-achieving high school students from throughout the state since 1983. Inquiring parents and students may visit www.lsmsa.edu 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 https://www.lsmsa.edu.