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12th Latino Summit for Northwest suburban students

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Thirteen Northwest suburban high schools will participate in the 12th annual Latino Summit to be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Harper College. More than 400 Latino high school freshmen and sophomores from Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Vanguard, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Maine East, Maine West, Glenbrook, Barrington, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Palatine high schools will participate.

The keynote speaker will be Jazmin Beltran, a multimedia journalist, currently working as a freelance news reporter for Univision Chicago and as an adjunct lecturer at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. Nestor Zavala, a former Latino Summit participant and Maine West High School graduate, will talk about his journey to a full scholarship to Beloit College. Artists from Teatro Luna, Chicago's first and only all-Latina theater company, will perform.

Students will hear presentations by Latino professionals, college and trade school representatives. University and trade school students will discuss the obstacles they have overcome in order to achieve success. The program will help participants begin making plans for life after high school. Presentations will be made in English and Spanish.

Latino Summit is a self-supported endeavor. For information or to offer financial support, contact Claudia Rueda-Alvarez at

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