Congratulations to our 2018 Monsignor Spiers Service Award Recipients!
The Monsignor Spiers Service Awards are named after Monsignor Edward Spiers, the founding principal when Bishop Watterson opened its doors in 1954. Monsignor Spiers served as principal at Bishop Watterson from 1953-1971. A homecoming week tradition that goes back to 1996, these awards are given by Student Council to honor students who have performed outstanding service in both the school and the community. The Msgr. Spiers Awards honor individuals who have upheld his commitment to the Christian values of service and education.
St. Timothy School
”By serving others, I realize how insignificant my concerns are and how important others are. It has increased my ability to show compassion and understanding, and has become a way of life for me. “ In her time at Bishop Watterson, Maria has been of service to her community through a variety of opportunities. She is cantor, alter server, Eucharistic minister, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classroom aide at her parish, St. Timothy. She is a junior coach for Girls on the Run and actively assists with the Upper Arlington Special Olympics Program. Maria has been indispensable in numerous Women’s Care Center Fundraisers, Miracle League Baseball, and a Camp Invention Counselor.
During the school year Maria is a Student Ambassador as well as member of the Cross Country team and Spring Musical. Maria is also actively involved in the Prayer Club, Business Club, and helps with Watterson school masses through Eucharistic ministry and as a member of the Worship Band. Maria also holds a part time job as a caregiver, babysitter and pet-sitter. An incredible balancing act, Maria has been able to contribute over 428 hours to volunteer work.
St. Michael School
“I thank God most for making me fortunate enough to be the one He sends to serve those in need. I view each hour of my service as an opportunity to improve some aspect of a person’s life, even if I may only help them for a moment.” In his time at Watterson Dominic has invested over 250 hours into serving others. His service offers a diversity of opportunities that have truly impacted the greater Columbus community and the Diocese of Columbus. In his 4 years at Watterson Dominic has been an active volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, within St. Michael Parish, and within the Watterson community. He has served yearly on the Gospel Road service trip as well as remains an active member of the St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Society. Dominic has volunteered for the Bishops Golf Outing, The Chiller Youth Hockey camp, and various charitable races. At School, Dominic is a Student Ambassador, Senior Leader, Varsity Cross Country Captain, Varsity Ice Hockey Captain, member of the JV Track team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and National Honor Society. Dominic spent this past summer working as an intern for a congressional candidate, and continues to campaign in preparation for the upcoming mid-term elections.
“If my life is without service, then my life lacks the very Breath of God; simply, service is of such high value to me that I believe that there cannot exist a distinction in my life between when I am a servant and when I am anything else.” Ana truly pours her heart into any service opportunity presented to her. For the past four years Ana has been an active member of Student Council where she has led environmental initiatives in Recycling, led the Spring Ravine Cleaning, and chaired various charitable fundraisers including the Safe Bed and Clean Mattress program for Run the Race. Ana is an active volunteer at her parish and former grade school, St. Agatha, where she single handedly directed, produced and carried out the Spring Musical – James and the Giant Peach Jr. Ana has also participated in the Cranks Creek Christmas Mission Trip, led musical prayer at the Our Lady of Victory vacation bible school, and volunteered with the Women’s Catholic Conference. She stays active at Watterson as our Student Council Vice President, Student Ambassador, member of the Prayer Club, National Honor Society, and is a Eucharistic minister at school masses. To date, she has accumulated over 400 hours of service.
Service to Lauren can best be summed up in the following statement: “While some of my service experiences have brought me in closer contact with God than others, I focus on finding God in everyone that I serve. This allows me to live out my faith and grow closer to God by acting as He taught us to act. Service is a valuable part of my life, because it gives me the opportunity to deepen my relationship with God.” Lauren has made a true difference and impact for athletes with special needs in the Central Ohio area. She is a Co-Event Director at The Ohio State Special Olympics Softball Throw, as well as a Westerville Special Olympics Coach for bowling, basketball, gymnastics and soccer. Lauren also volunteers at Adaptive Ascents – a climbing event for athletes with special needs where she teaches kids the finer points of rock climbing. Lauren regularly volunteers in her home Parish of Immaculate Conception as an altar server and this past summer attended the Bishop Watterson International Service trip to Guatemala. In total, Lauren has given back 280 hours to her community through service.
At school, Lauren is a member of the Business Club, St. Vincent de Paul Club, Student ambassadors, and National Honor Society. She also holds a part time job at Vertical Adventures.