The conference marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Fourteen Hispanic students from throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties will be recognized for their academic achievement at the Hispanic Heritage Conference on Friday in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University.
The conference, which starts at 5:30 p.m., is the key event for the area's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.
The event will include a flag ceremony with area Hispanic schoolchildren displaying heritage flags from 22 Hispanic countries. There will also be dance presentations, recognition of achievement in the local Hispanic community, awards presentations and refreshments.
Dr. Jesus "Chuy" Negrete, founder and director of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Chicago, will be the keynote speaker/performer.
The conference is free and open to the public.
The students being honored and their schools are:
Julia Barhan, Austintown Fitch.
Byran Morales, YSU.
Alicia Sanchez, John F. Kennedy High School.
Alyssa Rojas, Youngstown Christian High School.
Ashley Rios, Niles McKinley High School.
Bianca Diaz, The Rayen School.
Matthew P. Arrowsmith, Campbell Memorial High School.
Lillian Rosado, Wilson High School.
Alina L. Rios, Springfield Local High School.
Ketty Irizarry, Cardinal Mooney High School.
Nicole Lopez, Liberty High School.
Lucas Gonzalez, Lowellville High School.
William J. Aponte, The Rayen School.
Dominic J. Corso II, Boardman High School.