Alexandria resident among LSMSA students to participate in foreign language festival, wins second place

Eighteen French and Spanish students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) participated in Southeastern Louisiana University’s 40th Annual Foreign Language Festival on Friday, March 24.

LSMSA returned to the competition for the first time since 2019, with numerous students recognized for their performances:

Anastasia Adams-Giron (’24) of Alexandria – Spanish Recitation, Native Speaker – 2nd place
Blaise Albarez (’25) of Covington
Juliana Allemand (’23) of Thibodaux – Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking, Native Speaker – 3rd place
Lucia Allemand (’24) of Thibodaux – Spanish Translation, Native Speaker – 3rd place
Aiden Allgire (’24 of Port Barre – French Recitation, Level 1 – 3rd place
Leah Aranas (’24) of Lake Charles
Maci Bergeron (’23) of Ama – Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking, Level 3 – 3rd place
Tadgh Bowman (’23) of New Orleans – French Extemporaneous Speaking, Level 3 – 3rd place
Errol Chouest (’23) of Larose
River Costello (’23) of Baker
Trinity Hatten (’24) of Grayson
Grace Herpin (’25) of Lafayette – Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking, Level 2 – 2nd place
Mackenzie LaCombe (’24) of Prarieville – French Recitation, Level 4 – 1st place
Jaime Perdue (’23) of Prairieville – Spanish Recitation, Level 4 – 3rd place
Colin Perret (’25) of Hammond – French Extemporaneous Speaking, Level 1 – 2nd place
Joy Qiu (’23) of Houma – French Recitation, Level 3 – 1st place
Kushal Upadhyay (’24) of Leesville – French Recitation, Level 2 – 2nd place
Jessie Zaffron (’24) of Mandeville – Spanish Extemporaneous Speaking, Level 4 – 3rd place

LSMSA, a tuition-free, residential, public high school for high-achieving rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, offers a variety of foreign languages, including Chinese and German. The school has a nominal room and board fee to cover housing, meals, and campus activities, and the LSMSA Foundation offers assistance for families in need. For more information about the Louisiana School or to apply for the 2023-24 school year, visit