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John Charneskey

Inducted 2020

Elgin High School Class of 1957


Jon, is inducted for handball. Charneskey, a 1957 graduate of Elgin High, is the only Elginite to have earned the coveted rank of Grand Master from the United States Handball Association. While this rank is only achieved by winning a minimum of 10 national championships, Charneskey has won 13 such championships through 2009. He has claimed the top honor four times in 4-wall singles play, eight times in 3-wall outdoor competition, and once in 4-wall doubles. In addition, Jon won a World Singles handball championship in 1999 and has earned 22 state handball championships in different levels of play.