John Marshall Student Uses Talents to Inspire Others


John Marshall High School has recently been going through a series of renovations, both inside and outside the building.

While most of the renovations are near completion, the school was still missing something.

A junior at John Marshall High School and her welding class decided to make pieces of art for the walls.

Grace Stephens, a junior at John Marshall High School, had an interest in welding at a young age after growing up around her grandfathers motorcycle shop.

She decided to take a welding class finding her niche in making signs.

Once her talent was recognized she started getting personal request from teachers, making anything from small crosses to a Steelers logo.

When it comes to how she does it, Stephens says, “a person has to give you the idea. You have to then go on to the program and draw it out. You also have to know all of the measurements and make sure your lines are right. Once that’s done there is another program that maps it to the plasma cutter and it cuts it out on its own.”

While there is a lot of work behind making the signs, Grace says its something anyone can do as long as they have a passion for it.

She recently has started to share her talents with other students in her class.

“I am very proud I was able to accomplish this and I feel very good that I am one of the few women who can do it,” said Stephens.

The signs range in price, but all of the funds go back to the department.

Since the school year is over the department is no longer taking requests, but Stephens plans on getting back to the cutting board once the new school year begins.

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