Winners in essay contest announced

Citizens United in Forest Park announced Thursday, May 22 that Lauren Hunter and Ambria Mahomes are the two winners of the eighth-grade essay contest that was sponsored by the organization. Each student will be rewarded with a $250 savings bond for writing the top essays on what it means to be a “world citizen.”

CUinFP originally intended to select one boy and one girl as its winners, but were unable to do so when only female students submitted essays, according to a contest organizer. The competition was open to students from public schools, private schools, and home-schooled children. All of the applicants attend private school.

Seniors hailed for volunteerism

Forest Park residents Blanche Johnson and Therese Kilinski were among the 60 people throughout Cook County presented with a medal at the Sheriff’s Senior Citizen Medal of Honor Ceremony held earlier this month. Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart annually recognizes senior citizens for their outstanding volunteer work.

Johnson was rewarded for volunteering weekly at the Oak Park Hospital for the past 20 years. Johnson’s involvement at the hospital was so deep that she was even asked to appear in a commercial. She only recently retired from her role at the hospital. Kilinski was honored for similar efforts at Loyola’s hospital, where she still volunteers on a weekly basis.

Village sponsoring NYC getaway

The Howard Mohr Community Center is sponsoring a five-day trip to New York City in November, but must have at least 30 registrants. Schedule highlights include dinner at Manhattan’s Tavern on the Green, Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Radio City Music Hall and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Residents interested in the getaway must submit payment by Sept. 3, according to center Director Beverly Thompson.

The fee includes airfare, a four-night hotel stay and nine meals. For additional information contact the Community Center at (708) 771-7737.