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  • 6th-9th Graders Excel at LSMSA’s 22nd Annual Math Competition

    (Natchitoches, LA) – On Thursday, November 16, 224 6th-9th graders from 17 schools statewide participated in the 22nd Annual McGrath Math Competition hosted by the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA)’s Math and Computer Science department.

    Top Winners of Team Test:

    1.            Caddo Middle Magnet Team A

    2.            Caddo Middle Magnet Team B

    3.            Natchitoches Central High School Team A

    4.            Cope Middle School - Team A

    5.            Sterlington High School - Team A

    Top Winners of Individual Test:

    1.            Aiden Zhao, Caddo Middle Magnet

    2.            Brian Han, Caddo Middle Magnet

    3.            Pravir Radadia, Caddo Middle Magnet

    4.            Alison Key, Natchitoches Central High School

    Top Student on Individual Test from Each School:

    •             Caddo Middle Magnet – Aiden Zhao

    •             Church Point Middle – Connor Matte

    •             Cope Middle School – Noah Harkins

    •             East Ouachita Middle School – Lillianna Rose

    •             Grace Christian School – Morgan Huffman

    •             Griffin Middle Academy – Ter'Larrnee Newson

    •             Lakeview Jr Sr High – Carlie Spears

    •             Natchitoches Central High School – Alison Key

    •             Pitkin High School – Emerson Pollard

    •             Poland Junior High – Aubrey Hebert

    •             Rapides Academy for Advanced Academics – Nathan Stephenson

    •             Sterlington High School – Bailey Mills

    •             Sterlington Middle School – Vashnavi Morampudi

    •             St. John Berchmans Catholic School – Kate Kerney

    •             St. Mary's Catholic School – Jacob Thibodaux

    •             Southfield School – Kingston Adams

    Participating students could not be enrolled in or have previously taken Algebra II or any higher mathematics course. The competition consisted of individual and team portions, with unlimited students able to take the individual test, and a max of 12 students from each school participating in the team competition. Exercises in each contest came from Algebra, Geometry, and other areas of mathematics, but not from any specific curriculum, with questions designed to challenge students to draw from their knowledge of mathematics and to think logically, synthesize concepts, and solve problems.

    LSMSA, who is ranked a World’s Best Boarding School by Fortune magazine and whose faculty is ranked #1 statewide and #5 nationwide, is a tuition-free, public high school for high-achieving rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a nominal room and board fee to cover housing, meals, and campus activities. The LSMSA Foundation offers assistance for families in need to ensure no eligible student is denied the school’s 40-year legacy of a premium college-level living/learning experience. For more information about LSMSA’s application process or to apply for the 2024-25 school year, please visit https://www.lsmsa.edu/apply.


    1st Caddo Middle Magnet Team A

    2nd Caddo Middle Magnet Team B

    3rd NCHS Team A