Kendra Morrill and Tom O’Hare received the 2020 Marcia Wynn Award at our Parent/Board Gathering on September 29.

The Marcia Wynn Award honors parents who have been dedicated volunteers and supporters of the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.  The Justin Wynn Fund created this award in memory of Justin’s mother, Marcia.

Thank you Kendra and Tom!

The pandemic couldn’t stop us from having a great 2020 JWLA Leadership Camp on August 8 and August 9.  We held camp at the Evanston Lighthouse Beach Shelter.  We had two different groups of Wynners each day; close to 70 Wynners in all.  The Wynners safely participated in team building activities and had discussions about being a leader and the needs of our community.  They also had fun doing yoga, playing games and doing tie dye.  It was great way to start off the 2020-21 program year!


ETHS graduates Mya Allen and Nicole Mosquera were selected to receive the 2020 Catherine McKnight scholarship.  Mya and Nicole were honored at the virtual ETHS Senior Scholarship Night held on May 13, 2020

Mya will pursue her education at Reed College and will major in Computer Science.  Nicole plans to study Neuroscience in college.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mya and Nicole!

The 2019 Marcia Wynn Award was presented to Kathy McDermott and Ronda Reneau at the Parent/Board dinner on September 25th.

The Justin Wynn Fund created the Marcia Wynn Award in 2016 to honor parents who have been dedicated volunteers and supporters of the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.

Congratulations and thank you!

Pictured from left to right: Kaila Holland, Ronda Reneau, Kathy McDermott, Drew McDermott

Over the August 9-11 weekend, 56 Wynners came to the YMCA Camp Duncan for the annual JWLA Leadership Camp. It was a weekend packed with meetings, team building, plenty of fun, and very little sleep! What a great way to start the new program year!

Congratulations to ETHS graduates, Jacelyne Myrthil and Shawn Johnson, Jr., recipients of the first annual Catherine McKnight Scholarship Awards.  This fall, Jacelyne will be attending Western Michigan University and Shawn will study at MoreHouse College.

Catherine McKnight, lovingly known as “Granny”, was Justin’s grandmother and the matriarch of the Wynn family.  She was a beloved teacher in Evanston School District 65 for more than 30 years and an unwavering supporter of the Justin Wynn Fund.  The Justin Wynn Fund Board of Directors created the Catherine McKnight Scholarship in 2019 to honor both her memory and her passion for education and community service.

Congratulations to the 2011 Justin Wynn Award recipients on their graduation from ETHS this spring.  This senior class was recognized at the Justin Wynn Awards Brunch held on May 5, 2019, at the Hilton Orrington Evanston.  Their leadership will be missed in the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.

Many of the 2011 Justin Wynn Award recipients will be continuing their educations at schools that include:  Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Amherst College, DePauw University, Tufts University, and Oberlin College.  Best wishes on their journeys!

Photo courtesy of Genie Lemieux/Evanston Photographic Studios

In a ceremony at the Hilton Orrington Evanston, the Justin Wynn Fund honored the 32nd class of Justin Wynn Award recipients.  Attendees included Mayor Hagerty, Dr. Witherspoon, Dr. Goren, Alderman Braithewaite, and Former Mayor Tisdahl.

Pictured with the 2019 recipients from left to right are: Riian Wynn, Laura Wynn-King and Kelli Wynn.

Photo courtesy of Genie Lemieux/Evanston Photographic Studios

Over 200 players, from 1st through 8th grade, participated in the JWLA 3-on-3 Tournament on March 10.  A portion of the proceeds from the 2019 tournament were donated to Connections for the Homeless. Thank you to all the participants!

For tournament results, please go HERE