Six students from Ascension- and Livingston-area high schools gathered April 10 for Eatel Corp.’s annual Technology Awards ceremony, company officials said.

The Technology Awards program, in its 27th year, focuses on the importance of both technology and academic success, a news release from Eatel Corp says.

Eatel presented six graduating seniors from Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas and St. Amant high schools with laptop computers.

The honored students plan to pursue studies in mathematics, science, computer technology, information technology, engineering, health sciences, digital media or business management, the release says.

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 pursue their studies at a Louisiana-accredited college or university. The 2013 recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by a counselor from each school.

“As a recipient of this award back in 1988, I am especially proud of the longevity of the Eatel Technology Awards,” Ashley Phillips, chief operating officer for Eatel, said. “Back in my day, we received a medal, which was wonderful. But today, to be able to give these students such a powerful tool for their college studies and post-collegiate careers is rewarding.”

Ascension Parish recipients were:

Carly Harris, Donaldsonville High School, 4.2 GPA. She plans to attend Southern University and major in nursing.

Lance Gisclair, Dutchtown High School, 3.7 GPA. He plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and study information systems.

Jorge Flores, East Ascension High School, 3.6. GPA. He plans to study graphic design at LSU.

Holly Dicharry, St. Amant High School, 4.4 GPA. Her plans include studying biology at Nicholls State University.