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    JosŽ Gil of Huntingburg prayed with his wife, Lorena, and their daughters, Monica, 18, and Maddie, 14, during Mass at St. MaryÕs Catholic Church in Huntingburg on April 6. The family, originally from El Salvador, spent years apart while immigrating to the United States before being reunited to start a new life as part of the Huntingburg community. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    During an Association of Latin Americans of Southern Indiana meeting to organize for the inaugural Hispanic Cultural Festival, JosŽ gave Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner a proposal for festival plans at Huntingburg City Hall on March 2. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    While working as a janitor at Southridge High School, Lorena paused in one of the classrooms to read the Spanish phrases written on the board. Lorena said that she likes her job because she doesnÕt have a lot of dialogue with others while working. Despite learning English, she is still self-conscious about making mistakes. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    In preparation for the next Huntingburg Common Council meeting, JosŽ read notes in Spanish to Maddie so she could translate them into English at Huntingburg Public Library on Aug. 15. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    While working a food table at the Hispanic Cultural Festival in Huntingburg on Sept. 14, Maddie instructed former mayor Connie Nass how to eat an El Salvadoran cookie that Lorena made. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Upon the request of her teammates, Maddie recited The LordÕs Prayer in Spanish before a middle school track meet in Lincoln City on May 1. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Then-Southridge High School senior Grace Maxey, seated on the floor, GraceÕs sister Olivia, a junior, seated above her, and freshman Casey Lamb, right, congratulated Monica April 16 on a job well done at the previous nightÕs track meet. During MonicaÕs senior year, she was the only Latina to play varsity basketball and track. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Maddie, left, gave a smile of approval to her sister, Monica, as she got dressed for her senior prom April 20. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Lorena was overcome with laughter while entertaining guests during MaddieÕs birthday celebration at the GilsÕ home June 22. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    The Gil family worked together April 27 to pick up litter along North Jackson Street, the street that the Association of Latin Americans of Southern Indiana adopted for cleanup. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Lorena gestured with her hands while playing a body-parts guessing game with help from her teacher Mary Balbach of Dale, right, during an English class at the Guadalupe Center in Huntingburg on March 12. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    Monica hugged her dad after her graduation ceremony at Huntingburg Memorial Gym on May 17. She graduated from Southridge High School and now is studying physical therapy at Vincennes University in Vincennes. Rachel Mummey/The Herald

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    JosŽ and Lorena walked home after attending the Garden Gate Jazz, Wine & Craft Beer Festival in Huntingburg on April 20. The couple makes an effort to participate in community events. Rachel Mummey/The Herald