EATEL Awards Local Students With Technology Awards

GONZALES, LA – Outstanding scholars from Ascension and Livingston area high schools gathered April 16, 2014 for EATEL’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony, now in its 28th year. Focusing on the importance of both technology and academic success, EATEL presented six outstanding graduating seniors from each high school in its serving area, (Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas and St. Amant high schools), with a touch-screen, travel-friendly laptop computer.

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 one of the STEM categories: science, technology, engineering, or math. The 2014 recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants 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,” stated 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. The schools are doing a phenomenal job preparing these young people for tomorrow’s work force; 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 following students are the 2014 EATEL Technology Award recipients:

Kaitlyn Cayette of Donaldsonville High School

4.3927 GPA

Plans to attend Xavier University of Louisiana and major in chemistry. For her career, she plans to become a pharmacist.

Hira Hasan of Dutchtown High School

4.76 GPA

Plans to attend Louisiana State University and major in Biomedical Engineering. She plans to become a biomedical engineer one day.

Jessica Landry of East Ascension High School

4.53 GPA

Plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in biomedical engineering. She plans to become a biomedical engineer after college.

Steven Pirvu of St. Amant High School

4.499 GPA

Plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in biomedical engineering. He plans to own his own company one day.

Katherine Lirette of French Settlement High School

4.0 GPA

Plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and major in psychology. After graduation, she plans to become a psychologist, psychiatrist, or attorney.

Amber Guillory of Maurepas High School

3.5 GPA

Plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and major in science. She plans to work in the medical field after graduating.

EATEL honored six outstanding graduating seniors with new laptops for use in their collegiate studies. Pictured are the 2014 EATEL Technology Award recipients (L to R): East Ascension High School recipient Jessica Landry, French Settlement High School recipient Katherine Lirette, Maurepas High School recipient Amber Guillory, St. Amant High School recipient Steven Pirvu, Donaldsonville High School recipient Kaitlyn Cayette, and Dutchtown High School recipient Hira Hasan.


EATEL, founded in 1935 and headquartered in Gonzales, Louisiana, is a leading telecommunications service provider of Internet, TV, phone, Metro Ethernet, and cloud-based solutions. EATEL was one of the first companies in the country to build its own 100% fiber network, and is currently continuing to expand the same type of advanced all-fiber network in the Baton Rouge area. EATEL recently acquired privately-held Venyu Solutions Inc., a national provider of data centers, managed hosting, cloud virtualization, and data protection solutions. EATEL’s other wholly-owned subsidiaries include Sunshine Media, a leading regional yellow pages service provider, and Vision Communications, a telecommunications service provider in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.