16 people become American citizens at naturalization ceremony

A long process came to an end for many, as 16 adults became American citizens during a naturalization ceremony.

It's a day all about the USA.

"I'm equal now, finally," said one new citizen.

After several interviews and tests, attending the naturalization ceremony is the final step to become an American citizen.

"It was long, but it was worth it," said 

Dr. Taylor is the coordinator of the Aspire Academy at Connolly Middle School. Two years ago he gave some 6th graders the chance to close the history books and experience lessons first hands by helping create the naturalization ceremony.

"They initiated this, they researched it, they designed it, they planned for it, and eventually you see it come to fruition of all that they have done," said Dr. Taylor.

The artwork, music, and essays came from students like Sabrina.

"It turned out amazing, and just doing this whole program, and doing this naturalization ceremony, it is a really great honor," she said.

During the naturalization ceremony candidates didn't become an American citizen until they read the 200-year-old oath of allegiance, which they have to read with sincerity. If they don't, they don't become an American citizen.

That wasn't an issue though; all 16 adults got their certificates.

So what are they most excited for now that they are an American citizen?

"I'm going to vote, I'll be able to vote, it's a great feeling being a part of it," said Yael Wininger.

"We are equal, loving of each other, I know because God loves to every human being," said Abdul Khan.

It's a day they'll never forget. 

15 different countries were represented at Tuesday's ceremony.
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