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Photo provided by JENNY HEROMAN -- Eatel gives six graduating seniors new laptops April 16 during the 28th annual Technology Awards Ceremony. Award recipients, from left, are Jessica Landry, of East Ascension High School; Katherine Lirette, of French Settlement High School; Amber Guillory, of Maurepas High School; Steven Pirvu, of St. Amant High School; Kaitlyn Cayette, of Donaldsonville High School; and Hira Hasan, of Dutchtown High School.

Students from Ascension Parish and Livingston Parish high schools gathered April 16 for Eatel Corps.’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony.

Now in its 28th year, the event focuses on the importance of both technology and academic success.

Eatel presented six graduating seniors from each high school in its serving area — Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas and St. Amant high schools — with touch-screen laptop computers.

Technology Award applicants must have an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, actively participate in school and community activities and plan to attend a Louisiana-accredited college or university, a news release from Eatel said.

These students also must plan to pursue a major in a science, technology, engineering or math field.

The 2014 recipients were chosen by a counselor from each school.

“Being a corporate citizen in this community, we think it’s important to do our part to help these students,” said Toby Dubois, Eatel chief marketing officer.

“As the world moves to more of a cloud-based, wireless format, we want to make sure these students have the tools to thrive in that environment,” he siad. “The schools are doing a phenomenal job preparing these young people for tomorrow’s workforce; these technology awards allow us to serve a supporting role with the school systems by putting technology into the hands of six truly deserving graduating seniors.”

Ascension Parish recipients were:

  • Kaitlyn Cayette, Donaldsonville High School, 4.39 GPA. Cayette plans to study chemistry at Xavier University and become a pharmacist.
  • Hira Hasan, Dutchtown High School, 4.76 GPA. She plans to attend LSU and major in biomedical engineering. She plans to become a biomedical engineer.
  • Jessica Landry, East Ascension High School, 4.53 GPA. She plans to study biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech University and become a biomedical engineer.
  • Steven Pirvu, St. Amant High School, 4.50 GPA. Pirvu plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in biomedical engineering. He hopes to own his own company after graduation.