LSMSA students enjoy traditional tea

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Enjoying tea recently at LSMSA are from left, Maggie Picone of Covington, Genesis Allen of Plaquemine and Claire Young of Baton Rouge.

NATCHITOCHES - New and returning students at Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts gathered in the lobby of Caddo Hall on Sunday, Aug. 25, for traditional hot and southern iced teas and scones.

It has become a tradition over the past three years for students to participate in the occasional Sunday tea.

“This program began as an attempt to create a less hectic time for students to gather in small groups and have a chance to linger in conversation over a pot of tea and sweets,” said Mary Bess Wiggers, a student life advisor at Caddo Hall. “I had hoped to draw out quieter students and introduce to them some foods and beverages that they may not yet be familiar.”

Wiggers added that she is proud of how eager her student assistants have been not only to try new things but to learn how to make scones, lemon curd and cream for themselves.

For the most recent event, Wiggers and assistants prepped for about 50 guests, which is a bit higher than the average participation over the past few years.

“The general consensus seemed to be that the program was a success and should be repeated soon,” said Wiggers.        

The Louisiana School, located in Natchitoches, is the only state-funded residential high school for high achieving and highly motivated sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Each year students from all over the state seek admission. Students from all schools, public, private and parochial, as well as home schooled, are encouraged to apply. Admission is highly competitive.

For more information about the application process or LSMSA, call 800-259-3173, visit the website at or e-mail