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posted: 9/11/2012 2:04 PM

ECC's Latino Heritage Month kicks off

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The community is invited to celebrate Latino Heritage Month at Elgin Community College from Sept. 14 through Oct. 16, which recognizes contributions made by Latinos while creating a respectful dialogue about important issues that affect the Latino population.

The week kicks off with a breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in the Valley University and Business Center Dining Room in Building E on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive.

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The community is welcome to join the college in launching the celebration with keynote speaker Eliseo Medina, the International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union.

Medina, the first Mexican-American elected to a top post at the 2.1 million-member SEIU, leads the union's efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that rebuilds the nation's economy, secures equal labor- and civil-rights protections for workers to improve their wages and work conditions, and provides legal channels and a path to citizenship.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (847) 214-7088.

Other events during Latino Heritage Month are listed on ECC's website, www.elgin.edu. All events are free and open to the public unless noted.

Perfect ACT scores: The number of students who earn a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT is one-tenth of one percent of millions of students who take the test annually. The odds of two students from one school scoring a 36 are incalculable (for me, anyway).

But Jacobs High School in Algonquin has achieved that feat with two seniors, Issac Frankel and Chad Franzen, both earning a 36 composite score on the standardized tests.

Students take tests in math, science, reading and English. Each test is scored on a scale from one through 36 and the student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.

Among the 1.6 million class of 2011 graduates who took the exam, 704 students earned a perfect score. The average score in Illinois in 2012 was 20.6. Illinois is one of eight states that administer the test to all graduates

Larissa Chinwah covers education in the northern Fox Valley. Email her at lchinwah@dailyherald.com.

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