Trevor's Story

Trevor was born on April 22, 1997, and was raised in the small community of Sheridan, Illinois.  He attended preschool at Jennings Lyon, kindergarten through 8th grade at Sheridan Grade School and completed Serena High School in Serena, Illinois.  He is a true graduate of the Unit 2 School system.  He excelled in the classroom as he realized the importance of education and loved being challenged by his teachers.  He grew up with a love of sports and participated in baseball, basketball and soccer from kindergarten through college.  Trevor was a leader and team player on the court, field and in the classroom.  Trevor had an affinity for making friends with anyone he met and would put anyone at ease.  He loved all games ranging from Magic the Gathering to League of Legends to Pokemon Go as well as video games.  He had a sense of humor that would brighten anyone’s day.  The community in which Trevor was raised was his extended family.  He was everyone’s big or little brother.  Trevor gave back to his extended family by helping in the community.  He would collect donations for the 4th of July fireworks display and would participate in the parades.  He would help with the pork chop dinners during the Memorial Day and Labor Day Car Shows.  The community members treated Trevor like family.  Trevor set goals and had dreams of helping people and was on the path to become a Human Resource manager.  He started his college career at Illinois Valley Community College where he played on the baseball team.  He rose to the challenge that academics provided him while also making lifelong friends through the process.  He graduated in 2017 with an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science.  He then transferred to Northern Illinois University where he was part of a close-knit group of classmates and friends.  The small number of students in the upper management courses allowed Trevor’s intelligence and sense of humor to shine.  Trevor also enjoyed his part-time job at Tom and Jerry’s where again, he was part of a tight-knit group of friends.  Trevor was very excited to start his Human Resource Internship at Henry Pratt Company as he was passionate about working in a position that he could use his experience and education to help people.  He had worked very hard and diligently to get to this point and start the next chapter of his schooling and career.  Trevor’s first day at his internship was his last day.  He lost his life in a termination meeting with a disgruntled employee.  

Words from Serena High School

Trevor Wehner graduated from Serena High School in 2015. While at Serena, Trevor participated in Basketball and Baseball for 4 years and soccer for 3 years.  He earned 2 varsity letters in soccer, and 3 varsity letters in baseball and basketball.  While Trevor excelled in athletics, he was equally successful in the classroom.  He always met the challenges of his classes head on, just like he never backed away from the challenges on the athletic field or basketball court.  Teachers and coaches loved having Trevor in their classes or on their teams.  He had a knack for making people smile, and his personality was infectious.  We all knew there would never be a dull moment with Trevor around.  The tragic event that took place at Henry Pratt on February 15, 2019 devastated the entire Serena community.  Trevor’s spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of every teammate, friend, coach, and teacher that was blessed to have Trevor in their lives.  In recognition of Trevor and his impact on Serena High School athletics, the Sports Boosters dedicated a new trophy case in Trevor’s memory.  The trophy case is located in the cafeteria.

Written by: Chad Baker Serena teacher and coach