SOW: Central High senior sets sights on career in wildlife management
Ross McGee is a self-described outdoors enthusiast.
In fact, he’s almost always thinking of how he can escape to the woods, possibly on a hunting or fishing trip.
“I like everything about being out there,” McGee said. “It’s wide open. There’s nothing to distract you.”
McGee, a senior at Central High School, is a Grand Junction native and said he has been exploring Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa and everything between for as long as he can remember.
An avid hunter and fisherman, McGee said he and his father often go on hunting trips for deer and elk.
His first trip when he was 10 years old netted a cow elk, McGee said.
McGee said he doesn’t plan to part with his love of the outdoors after he graduates.
His top college choices — Western State College, Montana State University and the University of Wyoming — will keep him surrounded by wilderness, and he hopes to study wildlife management.
“I’d really like to work for the Division of Wildlife,” he said.
When he isn’t enjoying the outdoors, McGee takes to the football field and volunteers with his church.
McGee said he has been playing football since middle school, and this year, he was co-captain for the Warriors at the tight-end position.
“I love the sport,” he said. “My dad is the coach.”
His mother also works as a secretary at Central High School, and his sister attends Central High as well, so there isn’t a time when McGee isn’t around his family.
“We’re all there,” he said.
This summer, McGee will make his second volunteer trip with the youth group at his church to assist mentally disabled children in Canada.
McGee spent his first trip last summer in South Dakota on an American Indian reservation painting churches and working with children.
“They were excited to see us there,” McGee said. “Life is a lot rougher there.”
Parents: Vern and Sonya
Preferred college: Montana State University, Western State College or the University of Wyoming
Where he sees himself in 5 years: working in the wildlife management field
Favorite music: Chris LeDoux
Favorite TV show: Gunsmoke
Personal hero: General Robert E. Lee
Why: “He was one of the greatest leaders of all time,” he said.
I’m most proud of: being an American