Students from Livingston Parish and Ascension Parish high schools gathered April 16 for Eatel’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 must also 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.”

The 2014 Eatel Technology Award recipients from Livingston Parish are:

  • Katherine Lirette, French Settlement High School, 4.0 GPA. She plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and major in psychology. After graduation, Lirette plans to become a psychologist, psychiatrist or lawyer.
  • Amber Guillory, Maurepas High School, 3.5 GPA. She plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and major in science. She plans to work in the medical field after graduating.