Eatel rewards six exceptional high school seniors with laptop computers

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Grace Overstreet of Dutchtown High School

Six top seniors from Ascension and Livingston Parish high schools were honored on April 25, 2017, at EATEL’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony, now in its 31st year.

Focusing on the importance of both technology and academic achievement, EATEL presented one standout graduating senior from each high school in its serving area, Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas, and St. Amant, with a touch-screen, ultra-portable laptop computer. The ceremony was held in the lobby of EATEL’s Administration Building (406 E. Worthey Street, Gonzales, LA).

EATEL’s Technology Award requirements are that all 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 select a major in one of the STEM categories: science, technology, engineering, or math. The 2017 recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by a counselor from each school.

The Awards were presented by Arthur Scanlan, III - Public Relations Manager for EATEL, Ronda Matthews - Supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Ascension Public Schools, and Rick Wentzel - Superintendent of Livingston Parish Public Schools.

EATEL’s commitment to the students and families in our area is unparalleled. They have been with us for over three decades and have made a difference in the lives of many young people as they begin their journey into higher education and careers,” added Ronda Matthews of Ascension Public Schools.

Livingston Superintendent Rick Wentzel said, “This has been a challenging year for everyone in South Louisiana, and these kids should be extremely proud of their accomplishments. We were all affected by the flood, in one way or another, the students had to work extra hard this year and push through the flood waters. It’s amazing to see the things that these students were able to overcome and still maintain their excellent grade point average while helping their community. I would like to thank EATEL for giving back to the community and supporting our seniors as they embark on new challenges.”

Arthur Scanlan, III represented EATEL and added, “The people of this area have been wonderful to our family over the last 82 years and giving back to the community is something we feel very strongly about. These young people are the future of our state and providing them with tools for success is exciting and rewarding. This group endured extraordinary circumstances during their senior year and I’m sure they will be stronger for it as life presents challenges to them. We are glad to have the opportunity to support our local parish schools with this event for so many years.”

The following students are the 2017 EATEL Technology Award recipients:

Le’Reyarn Rosemand of Donaldsonville High School 3.8 GPA. Plans to attend University of Louisiana at Lafayette and major in Mass Communications with a minor in Journalism. Le’Reyarn aspires to pursue a career as a Social Media Director as she loves the written word. 

Victor Cruz of East Ascension High School 3.08 GPA. Plans to attend University of Louisiana at Lafayette and major in Computer Information Technology. Victor strives to have a career as a Network Security Expert as he enjoys Information Technology.

Grace Overstreet of Dutchtown High School 4.65 GPA. Plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and major in Nursing. Grace will eventually obtain her masters in nursing and become a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She wants to show our senior citizens the respect they deserve.

Jack Douglas of St. Amant High School 3.94 GPA. Plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and major in Mathematics. Jack’s ultimate career goal is to become a Statistician for a Professional Sports Organization.

Jason McLin of Maurepas High School 3.73 GPA. Plans to attend Baton Rouge Community College/Louisiana State University and major in Environmental Engineering. Jason intends on perusing a career as an Environmental Health & Safety System Manager.

Matthew Gordon of French Settlement High School 4.04 GPA. Plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and major in Engineering. Matthew’s career preference is Mechanical Engineering.

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