Thirteen Northwest suburban schools, including seven District 214 schools, will participate in the annual Latino Summit at Harper College Friday, Nov. 17.

More than 300 Latino high school students will participate in the 17th annual event at Harper College, which will include students from District 214's Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, John Hersey, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Vanguard, and Newcomer Center schools.

The purpose of 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.

Lieutenant General Evelyn Sanguinetti will be offering the welcome address at this year's summit. Panel discussions with professionals, college students, and college representatives will take place throughout the day.

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 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 at www.latinosummitnws.org. 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, contact Claudia Rueda-Alvarez at Cruedaalvarez@maine207.org.