On Friday, September 2, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) held its Matriculation Ceremony. Matriculation is the formal process of entering a university as a candidate for a degree, or of becoming eligible to enter by fulfilling certain academic requirements such as a formal examination. LSMSA is a tuition-free, state-funded residential school for high-achieving, highly motivated rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Louisiana.
Two students from Bienville Parish, Avary “Ava” Toms and Anthony “Kyler” Toms, students at Saline High School, joined the student body at LSMSA in August. Ava will graduate from LSMSA in 2024 and Kyler in 2025.
“You have signed up for what I call the ride of your life,” said Executive Director Steve Horton, who reminded new students to enjoy every minute of their time at LSMSA. “I am fortunate to take this ride with you and know that all of us at LSMSA have your best interests close to our hearts.”
LSMSA Associate Lecturer of Theatre Scott Theriot, MFA, delivered a keynote address encouraging students to find joy in the process of their pursuits, not just in the end results.
(The Matriculation Ceremony begins at the 12:23 mark. See Avary “Ava” Toms at the 49:39 mark and Anthony “Kyler” Toms at the 1:06:28 mark)
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