Eatel Corp. recently partnered with the Ascension and Livingston Parish school systems to host the 2014 Top Scholar’s Banquet.
The eighth annual event honored the academic success of six high school students, as well as the teachers they selected as having been most influential in their lives.
In addition, Eatel presented each student with a $250 gift card to use toward future academic supplies. The students’ chosen teachers received a $50 gift card for classroom purchases. The recognized Top Scholars from Ascension Parish and their honored teachers include:
- Michael Favorite, Donaldsonville High School, 4.4 gpa, honored teacher Barry Whittington.
- Allison Petite, East Ascension High School, 4.66 gpa, honored teacher Jamie Andrews.
- Rachel Gautreaux, St. Amant High School, 4.75 gpa, honored teacher Daniel Hidalgo.
- Hira Hasan, Dutchtown High School, 4.76 gpa, honored teacher Mark Ebarb.
“How often do students have the opportunity to have dinner with their family, school administrators and their favorite teacher?” asked Ashley Phillips, Eatel chief operating officer. “We’re proud to be able to host this experience for them. These top scholars are not only successful in their studies. They are also very civic minded outside of the classroom, giving back to the community which has given so much to them.”
Held at Sno’s Restaurant in Gonzales, the evening included dinner and a video presentation featuring the top scholars. Jenny Heroman, Eatel community coordinator, emceed the event.
“As I look at your accomplishments and I heard your passion in the video presentation, I know that sitting here in this room are our next great innovators, our next great creators, our next great entrepreneurs,” Ascension Parish Superintendent of Schools Patrice Pujol said. “I know that the people sitting at the table with you have had a great influence on who you are and have helped to shape you. I encourage you to use that great foundation to go out there and attack the issues and problems of our world in the fabulous opportunities that lie ahead of you.”