Top Scholars honored by Eatel, awarded $250 _lowres

Photo provided by Jenny Heroman -- Honored during a recent awards ceremony are Eatel Top Scholars, first row from left, Madison Knott, Parker Vige and Alexis Ferguson; and standing, Ryan Hoffman, Jacob McCon and Jason Williams.

Eatel Corp. recently partnered with the Ascension and Livingston Parish School systems to honor the 2015 Top Scholars in the community.

The ninth annual event recognized the academic success of six high school students on an episode of the Eatel Community Connection TV Show, a news release said. Eatel also presented each student with a $250 gift card to use toward academic supplies.

Two Livingston Parish students were honored.

The Top Scholars also named teachers who inspired them, the release said.

Alexis Ferguson, of Maurepas High School, with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4-point grading scale, was active in the Fellowship of Christian Students, Beta Club and Library Club and was a member of the Student Council. Ferguson is the recipient of a Taylor Opportunity Program for Students scholarship, the Greater Baton Rouge Parish Fair Scholarship and the Tigers Excellence Award from LSU and was named Student of the Year at Maurepas High School.

Ferguson honored her favorite teacher, Jeanie Meyers, of Maurepas High School, who taught her English, because she makes learning fun and offers compassion and understanding to her students, she said in a news release.

Ferguson plans to study business management at LSU.

“Always work hard and be dedicated to everything you do,” Ferguson said.

Jacob McCon, of French Settlement High School, maintained a cumulative 4.0 gpa. He was a member of the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders and Science Club. He was a recipient of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Scholarship and the LSU Flagship Scholarship.

McCon honored his favorite teacher thus far, Jennifer Draper, of French Settlement High School, who taught him English literature and inspired him and other students because of her passion for the subject.

He plans to study political science at LSU and run for a local or state public office one day.

“Study hard and make good grades but remember to find something you’re passionate about and that makes you stand out,” McCon said.

“We’re proud to be able to honor these outstanding students. These top scholars have found more than just success in their studies,” said Scott Thompson, Eatel president. “These young adults we’ve honored are civic-minded and have found unique ways to give back to their communities.”