Awarded at the Senior Banquet, Acorn Pins are bestowed on graduating seniors who entered LSMSA as sophomores and survived three years. This tradition was introduced after the school began admitting sophomores in 2007.
All school assemblies and special events begin with the singing of the LSMSA Alma Mater. The song’s lyrics celebrate the diversity and courage of the students who leave home to face the rigorous challenges of LSMSA. Dr. Kenneth Olson, Faculty Emeritus, composed the music, with lyrics by alumna Angela Durden-Duncil ‘96.
With futures born of visions broad And values from our homes endowed, Diverse and many, we became, United in your noble name.
Exalted, honored far and wide, Those selected, tested, tried. As eagles soaring strong and true, Over you, Louisiana School.
Dreams discovered, spirits high, As up above the eagles fly. Challenged, undaunted, and standing tall. We rise and conquer, give our all.
Within your walls our strengths are found, Where heart and mind are bound. As eagles soaring proudly rule, Over you, Louisiana School.
Each year, graduates of LSMSA are chosen to share their experiences during their time on campus, in higher education, and in their careers. This Required Weekend begins on Friday night with a panel discussion, where the alumni introduce themselves, share stories from their time at LSMSA, lessons learned and mistakes made, and opinions on topics of interest to current students (in-state or out-of-state college? Student loans -- yea or nay?). On Saturday, students have a chance to attend individual presentations by the alumni, who tell about their career path or life strategies they have found helpful. The Parents’ Council provides a lunch afterwards for the alumni guests and students to continue their conversations.
Held the first weekend after the students move into the residence halls, each wing teams up in a series of fun competitions to determine which hall is “the best.” The students get a chance to get to know their neighbors in the halls and build rapport.
In the early years of LSMSA, the students would gather for a “talent show,” though the goal was usually to shock and confuse rather than provide aesthetic pleasure. Absurd costumes, song parodies, and dance moves of questionable taste were regularly on display. Though it ended in the late ‘90s, it is still fondly remembered by performers and audience members alike.
These are the weekends when the residence halls are closed and students go home for a break from the rigors of LSMSA. It also gives the residence hall staff a break from the rigors of LSMSA students. Classes generally dismiss at lunchtime on Thursday, and the residence halls re-open on Sunday afternoon.
Designed the Class of 1985, the LSMSA ring is a unique twist on the class ring concept. It includes the crest, the student’s class number, and the state of Louisiana imposed on the jewel with Natchitoches marked by an imitation diamond. The LSMSA ring is a mark of distinction showing the world that you are a proud graduate of LSMSA and identifies you to other alumni as a fellow Eagle.
A long-standing part of the academic requirements of LSMSA, required weekends bring students together on 3-4 weekends a year for additional academic experiences or school-sponsored events aimed at enhancing the living/learning environment.
Held every spring, alumni gather to commemorate five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, or thirty years since their graduation from LSMSA. The weekend now features an event on Friday night that gathers all alumni, and individual classes plan events for Saturday night. Originally held on the same weekend as commencement exercises, the number of returning students and classes recently exceeded the ability of the school to host current and former students on the same weekend, so Reunion Weekend is held on one of the Extended Weekends when the students are not in town.
In spring of each year, juniors are presented with their class rings by family members, classmates, alumni, or teachers. Students are told of the proud history of the LSMSA ring and what it represents to the few who are allowed to don it.
Every year, the faculty and administration selects three to six graduating seniors to induct into the Robert A. Alost Hall of Fame. The students are selected based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, and the intangibles that make the living learning environment a success. The award is named after LSMSA's first executive director, the late Dr. Robert A. Alost.
Held the night before Commencement exercises, Seniors are recognized for their achievements while at LSMSA. Awards include the announcement of Gonfaloniers for graduation, achievement in area of study, the work service awards, and the Hall of Fame inductees.
Alumni gather every summer for a weekend to help with projects around the school. Alumni have painted, pressure washed, built fences and tables, sorted equipment for the science and theater departments, and cleaned the buildings and grounds of LSMSA over the years. What began with a small group of ten alumni has grown into an event connecting over 100 alumni every year. After a day of hard work, the participants gather to make music, tell stories, and connect with alumni from across the generations.
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a public school, there is no tuition to attend, and assistance from the LSMSA Foundation ensures the program is available to all qualifying students regardless of family financial need.