Runnels Senior Wins State Fair Service Award
John Spillane, a senior at Runnels High School, is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding High School Volunteer Award from the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation. The award, which recognizes seniors for exemplary volunteer service at school and throughout the community, carries a $500 scholarship.
Every year, one student from each high school in East Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Livingston Parishes is selected to receive the honor. John, who is an Eagle Scout, was nominated by the Runnels administration. “John is an all-around good campus citizen,” said Jr./Sr. High Principal Dana Schlotterer. “He is incredibly humble and thoughtful and is always willing to step in and help others.”
Active in boy scouting since third grade, he planned, organized, and directed a team of scouts and volunteers in restriping the parking lot, fire lanes, and handicapped zones at St. Patrick’s Church in Baton Rouge for his Eagle scout project. As a scout, he has also assisted in nearly a dozen other Eagle Projects.
After the flood of 2016, he pitched in to help many families with home clean up and demo. He has done extensive volunteer work in environmental conservation at camps across the country. John also assisted at the funeral of Deputy Brad Garafola, a Baton Rouge police officer killed in the line of duty.
At Runnels, he is active in the Student Ambassadors Club, the National Honor Society, and the cross country and track teams. At last year’s state meet, he placed second in the 200m.
As for the $500 scholarship, he said he plans to add it to his college savings account, and though he is still undecided about a college and major, his plans do include eventually attending law school.
A “lifelong” Runnels student, John is the son of Colleen and Phillip Spillane.