Six Commended Students recognized by 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

Six students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) have been commended in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. While these students won’t continue in the National Merit Scholarships competition next spring, they’re being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.
The Commended Students at LSMSA are Olutunmike “Tum-Tum” Adeleye (’22) of Natchitoches, Travis Elmore (’22) of Slidell, Liliana R Geier (’22) of Mandeville, Leah Swanstrom (’22) of Natchitoches, Jake Touchet (’22) of Lake Charles, Amarige Yusufji (’22) of Shreveport.

“We would like to recognize these students for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT,” said Lead Counselor/Ap Coordinator Leah Lentz. “We are proud of them and grateful they are members of LSMSA.”

Students entered the National Merit Scholarship Program, a nationwide competition for recognition and awards conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) offered in October 2020 and January 2021. Of the 50,000 highest scores identified from the tests, 34,000 high performers were named Commended Students based on a national Selection Index score of 207, applicable to all program participants without regard to state-by-state distribution. Participants who scored at or above the Commended Student Selection Index score, but below their state or selection unit’s Semifinalist Selection Index score, are Commended Students.

LSMSA is a state-supported, residential public high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana’s high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. While the school is tuition-free, assistance from the LSMSA Foundation ensures the program is available to all qualifying students regardless of family financial need. Learn more at

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