Students participate in traditional tea time at Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts

NATCHITOCHES — New and returning students at Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts gathered in the lobby of Caddo Hall on 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 the scones and lemon curd and cream for themselves.

“Thanks to their assisting me at previous events, student helpers made most of the scones in groups, requiring only minor instruction and assistance from me,” she said.

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. When more than 90 students came within the first 15 minutes (many arriving 15 minutes before the event was scheduled to begin), Wiggers and her helpers were a “bit overwhelmed.”

Despite running out of scones, there was still plenty of tea to go around.

“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.

LSMSA offers college level classes in a disciplined, nurturing environment. Students are exposed to rich opportunities through an extensive curriculum in all subject areas.

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

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