Four students have been honored with the Monsignor Spiers Service Award for the
2021-22 school year, announced as a highlight of Catholic Schools Week. Congratulations to John Agan, Carson King, Quentin King, and Lucy Loudon!
It’s obvious to see that service has played an essential role in John’s life. A talented vocalist, John has used his gift to sing at many St. Brigid masses and Diocesan events. Amassing more than 400 hours, John has been an active volunteer with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in his home parish of St. Brigid of Kildare, and within the Bishop Watterson Theater program.
During the summer of 2020, John was integral to the success of the Little Theatre Clothing Drive.
The COVID-19 pandemic John continued to cantor for St. Brigid Virtual masses, shoveled snow for elderly neighbors, wrote cards to nursing homes, and made sandwiches for local soup kitchens. From the time he was a freshman at Bishop Watterson, John has made it a priority to serve his community.
At Bishop Watterson, John is a Student Ambassador, and a member of Student Council, Gold Standard, the St. Joseph of Arimathea Society, Worship Band, the Paso a Paso Club, and the In the Know team as well as Secretary of the International Thespian Society.
“For me, service is an extension of myself. If I am with someone face-to-face, or even if it’s just my voice through a screen, I can reach out to others…. Service allows me to make connections with others and the opportunity to make their day.”
Lucy has done an incredible job making those connections not just locally, but nationally as well. Starting at home, you can find Lucy making blankets to donate to Nationwide Children’s hospital. At Bishop Watterson, Lucy has found creative ways to give back to activities she is already actively involved in. Weekly, you can find Lucy volunteering with the middle school honor band and in swim season timing younger children during swim meets. At her home parish of St. Brigid, Lucy is actively involved in the parish Diaper Drives, the Christmas Giving Tree and assisting with the Sunday Social.
During summer months, you can find Lucy volunteering with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as a volunteen – cleaning animal areas, assisting zookeepers, answering guest questions, and even forging a friendship between a little girl and young goat. During the 2020 quarantine, Lucy volunteered for the Audio Information Network of Colorado where she created a weekly podcast, Animal Kingdom, for blind and visually impaired learners. The podcast focused on lessons on the environment and various animal species.
The opportunity to give back to the community and serve has been an active area of Quentin’s life since he was in the 3rd grade. As a family, the Kings would spend their summer months volunteering with the Special Olympics program. As the years went on, service became a central part of Quentin, and the family’s, identity. When COVID-19 hit in March of 2020, Quentin and his brother, Carson, knew they wanted to continue serving in the extraordinary circumstance’s life had presented.
“Without COVID, [I] would not have found [my] passion for the organization Asia’s Hope.”
Asia’s Hope gives abandoned and abused orphaned children in Asia a chance at a new life. For the last 18 months, Quentin has been an active ambassador to the program, putting in more than 250 hours of volunteer time, actively planning fundraisers, and truly making a difference for the children of Asia’s Hope.
Additionally, Quentin has been a volunteer coach for a youth basketball team, continues to serve with the Special Olympics program, and this past year participated in Project Guardian Angel, a program that provided care packages to the deployed Marines of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines during their 2021 deployment to the Middle East. During his high school career, Quentin has contributed close to 300 hours of service to his community.
At Bishop Watterson, Quentin has been an active member on Student Council, a Student Ambassador, a Kairos Leader, and member of the Business Club. He has also been a member of the boys soccer team.
“My parents instilled [in me] the importance of my Catholic faith. The more involved I have become in service, the more I am aware of God’s presence… Service has become a fundamental part of my life, and a part of who I am.”
During these past ten years you can see serving the global community has been a significant part of Carson’s life. In addition to volunteering with his family through the Special Olympic program, Carson used his desire to serve his local community by helping elderly neighbors- providing lawn care and simple maintenance tasks. It was once Carson reached high school that he began to look for more opportunities to make a global impact. A participating member of Project Guardian Angel, Carson would handwrite letters to individual soldiers to include in monthly care packages. In Carson’s words, though, the most impactful experience has been his work with Asia’s Hope. Asia’s Hope provides orphaned children a feeling of family- a new home, an education, and social bonds necessary to navigate life. Working with his brother, Quentin, Carson was able to help organize fundraisers, raising over $55,000 for the organization. A junior at Bishop Watterson, Carson is an active member of the Business Club and Soccer team. With another year to go in his high school career, he has already amassed close to 270 hours of service.