ONE|SEQUOIT: Steve Young


Arlenne Lozano, Tom Tom Managing Editor

“To me, being a Sequoit is pride. They named it after a Native American sign of bravery, honesty and a great deal of pride,” said 1950 alumnus Steve Young.

Born in Waukegan Victory Hospital, April 3, 1931, Young is an 82-year-old Sequoit.

Young was raised on a farm in the village of Antioch right on North Avenue, and to this day he remains a resident of Antioch. The truest definition of a Sequoit lays upon the timeline of his life. Anything and everything Young ever did is a sincere representation of a proud, responsible and respectful Sequoit; the ideal Sequoit.

Young first attended Pikeville school in Antioch in 1937. His school was taught by one female teacher by the name of Miss. Smith.

Throughout his four years as a Sequoit, he avidly participated in various school and town activities such as the pole vault in track and field, writing for the Antioch newspaper and boy scouting.

Young believes that everything he does for this wonderful town is because of his parents and their extraordinary parenting.

“Back in my day, everybody helped everybody. It made me feel good to help others out. It was a totally different world back then,” said Young.

Young was once a coach for girl’s gymnastics. When Young was a high schooler, the only girl sport available was basketball because the athletic directors believed sports to be much too extraneous for girls. This inspired Young to take on a different hobby and coach a girl’s competitive sport. To this day, Young is an incredibly supportive fan of every sport ACHS provides. He attends every single Friday night football game, where he stands on the side lines with the boys and watches them play. He comes to a lot of the boys and girls varsity basketball games. He is just a immensely supportive man.

As a student, he had a passion for science and geography. Excellent grades never left his report card and he absolutely cared to learn more than what he did in the time period at school. To get more involved in his studies and language, he took on a job at the Antioch newspaper and stuck with that same job for 59 years. As a way to expand his knowledge today, he is a Native American historical expert. He is also one of the original founders of the Lake County museum in 1947.

Young served the United States Army during the Korean War throughout 1954 to 1956. He stands as a popular Native Indian. Young began collecting Native American artifacts when he was just six years young. After his wife passed July 15, 1995 he found many interesting hobbies involving the Native American culture. Young holds over a thousand artifacts and national treasures given to him by individuals who stand at a higher jurisdiction.

Every place Young goes to, he is always handing out bulls eye caramel candies with the sweet white filling in the middle. He began handing out super bubble gum and then transitioned to the bulls eye candies. Over the years, Young has bought $65,000 to $70,000 worth of candy. He hands these out to loved ones.

Young does so much to help others out in many ways. He saves people’s lives, gives tremendous advice, supports others, lets them know that he loves them and will always be there in case they fall. Young never expects a thing in return which fairly gives him the title of a true Sequoit.

Steve Young’s story proves that once a Sequoit, always a Sequoit.