District 214 among area schools to participate in 18th Annual Latino Summit

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Seventeen northwest suburban schools will participate in the Annual Latino Summit at Harper College on Friday, Nov. 16. 

More than 500 Latino high school students will participate in the anniversary event at Harper College, which will include students from each District 214 school.  The Summit aims to “reach new heights through education.”

The purpose of the Latino Summit is to improve academic achievement among Latino students and to encourage the pursuit of higher education. Through role models, the summit hopes to motivate students to stay in school and to set goals beyond high school. Additionally, it hopes to increase the number of Latino students pursuing postsecondary education. 

Students will begin the day with a flag ceremony and continue with captivating cultural dance performances.  Panel discussions with professionals, college students, and college representatives will take place throughout the day. Transportation and lunch to the summit will be provided at no cost to participants. 

Students will hear presentations by Latino professionals, college and trade school representatives, and university and trade school students. Speakers will discuss the obstacles they have overcome in order to achieve success. The inspirational and informative program will help participants begin making plans for life after high school, which is key to realizing their goals. Students will also have a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, make contacts and meet peers with similar aspirations for the future. Presentations will be made in English and Spanish.

Scholarships for interested students are made available through the Latino Summit website: http://www.latinosummitnws.org/scholarships.html. Additionally, a variety of additional scholarships are made available on this site for students to encourage the continuation of their education.  

Latino Summit Planning Committee is comprised of various representatives from each high school participating in the Latino Summit.  Latino Summit is a self-supported endeavor and each year must find funds to finance the event and the scholarships provided to deserving seniors. 

For more information or to offer financial support, whether individual or corporate, please contact Claudia Rueda-Alvarez at Cruedaalvarez@maine207.org.

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