2015 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Steve E. McGill

Steve E. McGillJ.C. Harmon High School, 1974

Other Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Attended: Rosedale Junior/Senior High.

The handiwork and artistic talents of Steve McGill can be seen throughout the Kansas City, Kansas community and all over the nation.

McGill is an expert welder, mechanic and artist. He spent most of his career working as a general mechanic in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. His work entailed fixing everything from metal desks to bus doors to bleachers. Fixing equipment and structures was gratifying to him; he loved how it would bring a smile to people’s faces.

His experience of building a bicycle rack in shop class at Rosedale Junior/Senior High set the path for his future. He knew this was the kind of work he wanted to do. His high school shop teacher recommended that he take classes at the Area Vocational Technical School to earn a certification in welding. His instructor expected the best and McGill remembers having to redo a number of projects to meet his high quality standards. He gave him reasons to believe in his abilities. And the hard work paid off. His expertise qualified him for the state welding competition where he placed eighth.

When he was in the 10th grade, McGill received his Eagle Scout Award and it has remained one of his most treasured accomplishments. Scouting continued to be a big part of his life into adulthood. He saw both of his boys through the program and received a number of awards through Scouts, including Scouter of the Year and Scouting Family of the Year.

In 1992, McGill was approached by local artist Chris Duh who asked him to collaborate on a piece of metal art he was creating for Kansas City’s Kaleidoscope. This began a long-standing partnership between the two. Over the years, McGill has been involved in art projects for Children’s Mercy Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the international Three Dog Bakery chain and more. One of the works he is most proud of is the sculpture he created for the entrance of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center in 2010. It depicts “all those who lend a hand in educating and inspiring our youth.” It will forever be his legacy.