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Meliton Chaidez, an eighth-grader from Aurora, won a regional speech contest and will represent Illinois and Iowa at the national contest with two dozen other contestants. He's also an honor-roll student and was a student ambassador and student council member. He participated in an IMSA math/science before-school program, got an award for students with exemplary characte and got a service award. Saidhis principal: "I would not be surprised to see Meliton — if he chose to — be the first Latino president of the United States. He's just that good."