Naturalization ceremony welcomes 20 new U.S. citizens at Sierra Vista High School

    A naturalization ceremony welcomed 20 new U.S. citizens Saturday, Dec. 15, at Sierra Vista High School. (KSNV)<p>{/p}

    On Saturday, around 1:00 p.m., 20 immigrants from 15 different countries around the world officially became U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony inside Sierra Vista High School.

    The ceremony followed a Southern Nevada competition ‘We The People’, which challenged over 400 high school students with questions about the nation’s history, constitution and citizenship process.

    Afterwards, many of the students, their parents and teachers stayed to watch the naturalization ceremony.

    U.S. District Judge Andrew Patrick Gordon led the Oath of Allegiance, granting these immigrants their citizenship.

    “These folks are going to become new citizens of the United States of America,” Judge Gordon announced.

    An emotional and proud moment for these new citizens, they were all smiles.

    Andrea Englehart, one of the latest U.S. citizens, said, “It means everything. I’ve been here for a while now. I have a family, I felt like I belonged here from the start and I’m so grateful.”

    Some of these immigrants have been waiting more than 10 years to become citizens.

    Julia Reis, another new citizen, explained, “It's a big day. I waited far too long to go through this process. I'm excited that we're all Americans in our family.”

    This day now monumental for them and their families.

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