20 people sworn in as US citizens at Scottsdale middle school

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) - "Now it's reality, now I get to vote and have the same rights as all the rest of the U.S. citizens," Jason Ryan said.

"I feel so excited, nervous... I am so happy right now, it's not even funny how much I'm excited," Petrina Beckford said.

"It is great, my great honor... feeling really good," Surya Poudel said.

Jason, Petrina and Surya are now American citizens. They're part of a group of 20 individuals representing 20 different countries, pledging their allegiance to the U.S. at today's naturalization ceremony.

Petrina from Jamaica, says becoming an American citizen means more opportunities.

"My dream is now to finish school and I would like to be a pharmacist in the future," she said.

Surya from Nepal says he can't wait to find out what the next chapter holds for him.

"I'm becoming a new citizen, like you know, I'll be doing very good in the future," he said.

Jason from Ireland, who's been in America for 15 years, says today has been a dream come true.

"It's so cool to be here, especially at a school because I'm a teacher, and it's so cool because the students get to see the civics in action," he said.

When we asked what was the first thing he planned to do as a U.S. citizen, there was no hesitation in his answer.

"Register to vote," he said.