The Village of Orland Park in Chicago’s southwest suburbs honored rhythmic gymnast Evita Griskenas during their regular village board meeting on Monday June 20, 2016. Griskenas is one of the nation’s leading competitors in the Olympic field of rhythmic gymnastics.
By Steve Neuhaus and Ray Hanania
Olympic hopeful Evita Griskenas, one of the world’s top rhythmic gymnasts, was honored on Monday by Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin and the Orland Park Village Board of trustees for her amazing achievements in this extremely competitive athletic sport.
Griskenas ranks among the world’s top rhythmic gymnasts in the country and has competed in every major Olympic qualifier competition around the world.
McLaughlin and the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees which includes Trustees Carole Griffin Ruzich, Michael F. Carroll, Daniel Calandriello, Patricia Gira, Kathleen Fenton and Village Clerk John Mehalek honored Griskenas at the board meeting with a resolution and certificate recognizing her achievements during the meeting.
The meeting was held on Monday June 20, 2016 at the Village Municipal Complex.
Mayor McLaughlin and the board recognize the achievements of many of Orland Park’s rising stars which include many authors and athletes such as Super Bowl Champion and Denver Broncos offensive lineman Michael Schofield (click here to watch video interview with Schofield), and Olympic Bronz Medalist in Hockey Kendall Coyne.
Griskenas said she was honored to be recognized and vowed to continue her efforts to represent the United States in the Olympics.
You can view the entire Village Board meeting and the segment including the presentation to Griskenas by the Board and Mayor McLaughlin by clicking here.
This is a brief interview with Griskenas following the Village Board meeting.
Also, click here to listen to Evita Griskenas’ interview on WGN AM Radio on May 31, 2016.
Hanania covered Chicago political beats including Chicago City Hall while at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and later for the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, WSBC AM in Chicago, and WNZK AM in Detroit.
The recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hananiaalso received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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