One could sense the Cyclone Pride in the room from the moment Mike Kane ’75 entered the auditorium to speak with the students in conjunction with the BWHS STEM lecture series.
Kane stressed to students how fortunate they are to be a Cyclone and a part of a special community that will support them throughout their life. He spoke about his journey after leaving Bishop Ward and what influence and impact that the people of Bishop Ward had in molding him into the person he is today.
“I had fun in high school but the Sister’s (Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth) made sure I didn’t miss a step. Sister Vickie Perkins looked me in the eye and said ‘Number 7, I’ve got my eye on you,’” laughed Kane.
Kane was one of nine siblings to graduate from Bishop Ward. Four of his siblings met their spouses while they were a student at Bishop Ward. Kane met his wife during grade school! Kane worked for 35 years at General Motors and then became President of the General laborers Local Union 1290 AFL-CIO. He has also served as County Commissioner since 2005.
Kane loves giving back to this community. He believes in spreading the message that we all have a duty and responsibility to give back to this community and to be of service to others, he believes that education is the key to change.
“I want to make sure all the kids in Wyandotte County are educated. And I try to remind everyone that it’s their job to give back to the community and teach kids the importance of having pride in your own community,” said Kane.
Kane is a natural story teller and he entertained and educated the students with his humorous stories about not only his adventures as a student here at Bishop Ward in the 1970’s but also his own life’s journey. The students enjoyed his story and his wisdom.
“I loved his stories about his high school experience. And, you could see how much he loves being from Wyandotte County and from Bishop Ward,” said Katie Breitenstein, junior.