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 Ascension and Livingston Parish high school students were honored on April 22 at Eatel Corp.’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony.

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

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

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. 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. Livingston Parish honorees were:

Tyler McMorris, of French Settlement High School. He has been on the honor roll every year while in high school and placed superior in business math at FBLA District 6 Leadership Conference in 2012 and 2013. He was president of French Settlement High School’s Beta Club where he’s been a member since ninth-grade and an officer every year after that. He plans to study information systems and decision sciences.

Sarah Hess, of Maurepas High School. She was named a Student of the Year nominee, Outstanding Sophomore and Outstanding Freshman. She was a member of the Beta Club and won membership and National Beta Participation awards. She was president of the FFA Club and previously served as parliamentarian, reporter and secretary. She was president for the 4-H Club. She plants to study multi-media management at Southeastern Louisiana University.