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 presented 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.
Left to right: Chiara Baker, Abbey Giesler, Megan Eberts
Megan’s first volunteer experience took place when she was 7 years old- she was a grader for the Regional level Science Olympiad program, a program where most participants are at the middle or high school level. Megan has been a regular volunteer at Global Gifts since her Sophomore Service Training project, a research assistant at the Azarin Lab at the University of Minnesota, a Volun-Teen with the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and regular alter server at her home parish of Immaculate Conception. This past summer she participated in the Bishop Watterson service trip to Guatemala.
At school, Megan is a current member of student council as the Treasurer and Outreach Committee Executive advisor. She is a member of the varsity girls’ soccer and track teams, a mock trial attorney and member of the Spanish Club. She also teaches violin to grade school students during the week.
Abbey is a volunteer at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as well as a regular volunteer at Riverside Hospital. During the Easter season she makes Easter Baskets for children at Children’s hospital. She is a regular volunteer at various junior tennis tournaments, St. Jude’s Discover the Dream Event, the Dublin Irish Festival, and Ronald McDonald House, among others. This past summer she participated in the Bishop Watterson service trip to Guatemala.
At Bishop Watterson Abbey plays lacrosse and is captain of the tennis team. She is a student council representative and member of the National Society of High School. Abbey also babysits year-round.
Whether it is helping with the annual Blood drive or “Be the Match” Swab event Ellie puts her all into giving back. Ellie is an active volunteer at her home Parish of St. Brigid where she helps with various events, teaches Religious Education, and serves Mass. She regularly tutors a student with Down Syndrome and this past summer volunteered at Damascus Mission Campus. As a sophomore Ellie successfully led a Fill Up the Truck team. She stays active at Watterson as a Student Ambassador, helping with the recycling program, being a representative for student council, and is a founding member of the Best Buddies Club.
Chiara has been an active volunteer with the Bishop Watterson Worship Band and the Gold Standard a Capella Choir. Chiara actively volunteers with Our Lady of Bethlehem, is a member of the Diocesan Youth Council, the Catholic Leadership Conference for Damascus Catholic Mission Campus, as well as the St. Timothy ALPHA Committee, liturgical music ministry and Pastoral Council. She is a valuable asset to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she cantors and volunteers with the annual Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference. At Bishop Watterson, Chiara is Student Council representative and Student Ambassador.