2018 Mary Geist Service Award Winners

Mary Geist was an extraordinarily generous woman who was extremely active in service to her church and to Bishop Hartley High School.  After retiring from Columbus Public Schools in the early 70’s, she came to Hartley as a volunteer and was still working here until her death in 2003.

The Mary Geist Service Award is presented annually during Catholic Schools Week to individuals who have exhibited outstanding volunteer service to Bishop Hartley High School.  The first recipient was Mary Geist herself in 2000.

This year’s recipients are Keith and Michelle Smith.

Keith and his wife, Michelle have sent four children to Bishop Hartley: Madeleine (Maddie), class of 2012; Alexandra (Allie), class of 2013; Michael, class of 2017; and Audrey, who will graduate next year. Keith is a true family man who believes in Bishop Hartley’s approach in offering a holistic, Catholic education.

Although Keith graduated from Pickerington High School; he had strong friendships with Hartley students, including Matt Lucas from the class of 1981.

Keith is always willing to help. No matter what time of year, Keith is willing to focus his attention on Hartley’s needs, and he has never asked for anything in return.

He has donated hundreds of hours of labor maintaining our softball and baseball fields. Keith has also provided equipment to assist in maintenance of fields.

When we established the Bishop Hartley Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014, Keith handled all landscaping needs for our Hall of Fame dedication at Jack Ryan Field.

Keith is a long time and generous supporter of our annual Evening of Excellence which raises funds for scholarships and tuition assistance. Last year, he and his wife Michelle purchased the progressive euchre party offered as an auction item and hosted the event in their own home.

Congratulations and thank you, Keith and Michelle!