Ascension Parish community photo gallery for May 28, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Eatel Corp. -- Eatel Corp. honored six graduating seniors in April with new laptops for use in their collegiate studies. Recipients, first row from left, were East Ascension High School recipient Anastasia Britton, Donaldsonville High School recipient Dominique Thomas and Maurepas High School recipient Sarah Hess; and second row, Dutchtown High School recipient Christian Logarbo, French Settlement High School recipient Tyler McMorris and St. Amant High School recipient Joseph Baker.

Six local high school students were honored April 22 at Eatel Corp.’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony.

Eatel presented one graduating senior from each high school in its service area of Ascension and Livingston parishes — Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas and St. Amant — with a touch-screen, laptop.

The ceremony was held in the lobby of Eatel’s administration building in Gonzales.

Technology award applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, actively participate in school and community activities and plan to pursue their studies at a Louisiana-accredited college or university. These students must also plan to pursue a major in science, technology, engineering or math.

The 2015 recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by a counselor from each school.

“My hope for these students is that they’ll continue to persevere in their academic success as they seek their undergraduate degrees,” said Ashley Phillips, Eatel executive vice president of infrastructure. “I hope that when they graduate, our Louisiana economy will provide them with great jobs, so that they can raise their families here and continue to be an integral part of our thriving community.”

“It’s such an affirmation of our community, of the work that we do in our school system, when we see these top-notch students who have profited so much from their opportunities and have accomplished so many things, at such a young age, and who are so well-poised and launched for the next phase of their lives,” said Patrice Pujol, superintendent of Ascension Parish Public Schools.

Ascension Parish students receiving the award were:

Dominique Thomas, of Donaldsonville High School, played in the band and was a member of the Senior Beta Club, Navy Junior ROTC, River Road African American Museum Sign Language Ensemble and National Society of Black Engineers — Junior Pre-College Initiative. She was nominated as the Donaldsonville Chamber’s Teenager of the Year and named the 12th-grade Student of the Year at Donaldsonville High School. She plans to attend Grambling State University to study computer science.

Christian Logarbo, of Dutchtown High School, is an Eagle Scout with perfect attendance for all his years of schooling. In addition to that, he has taken all honors and advanced placement classes throughout high school. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Allied Health Program and Interact. He was a tutor for athletes at Dutchtown and won the Gallant Griffin Award and Super Senior Award. He was a 4-year member of the football and track and field teams. He plans to attend Tulane University where he will pursue a doctorate degree in biomedical engineering.

Anastasia Britton, of East Ascension High School, played soccer at East Ascension for four years and coaches at Central Middle School. She served as the president the Beta Club and treasurer of the National Honor Society and participated in DECA, FCS, EA’s Senior Mentor Program and Girl Scouts. In the fall, she will attend Louisiana Tech University to major in chemical engineering.

Joseph Baker, of St. Amant High School, was a member of the Science Club, where he served as reporter twice and vice president twice. He’s also been a committee member for Mu Alpha Theta and has been a part of the French Club and National Academic Quiz Tournament Team. He plans to attend Northwestern State University, where he will major in physical sciences/pre-engineering.