EATEL grants six local graduating seniors with laptop computers

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

EATEL honored six local graduating high school seniors on April 24,2018, at EATEL’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony, now in its 32nd year. The grant focuses on the importance of technology, academic achievement, and community involvement, awarding applicants from Ascension and Livingston Parish High Schools. EATEL presented brand new laptop computers to a standout graduate from each high school in its serving area, Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas, and St. Amant, with an ultra-slim ASUS ZenBook laptop computer and an awards certificate honoring their achievement. 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 2018 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, with assistance from Ronda Matthews - Supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Ascension 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.

“Enjoyed seeing my former student, Arthur Scanlan III, honoring current high school students as recipients of the EATEL Technology award with a laptop! Thank you, EATEL, for always supporting our students,” said Mia Edwards, Ascension Parish High Schools Director.

Arthur Scanlan, III represented EATEL and added, “The people of this area have been wonderful to our family over the last 83 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. We are glad to have the opportunity to support our local parish schools with this event for so many years.”

Contributed by EATEL