A Naturalization Ceremony was held late Friday afternoon in 4th Judicial District Court.
Once or twice a year, Judge John Fenn presides over one of two of his favorite Court duties. The first favorite is when he makes adoptions official, and the second is when he is able to swear in new United States citizens.
Eleven people Friday became new Americans in a standing-room only courtroom. From a native of Tunisia raised in France who has lived in Sheridan for many years, to a gentleman from Nepal, the countries represented Friday spanned the globe.
The group is: Beverly Evelyn Campbell, Canada; Manuel Corona, Mexico; Clara Rivera Gopperton, Philippines; Sophea Srey Toch Ackerly, Kampuchea; Noreta Aviles Elsom, Philippines; Tara Chandra Gautam, Nepal; Robert Dwight Hirsche, Canada; Patricia Margarita Stewart, El Salvador; Muhammad Zubair Khan, Pakistan; Aurelie Rosaire Hawkins, France; Joana Cristina Lisita Onkka, Brazil.
The eleven took their oath and Judge Fenn signed the order. As has been the custom in past ceremonies, students from Martin Luther Grammar School sang patriotic songs, and organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion presented flags and other gifts to the new citizens. The ceremony was followed by a reception.
Naturalization is the process whereby citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she has fulfilled the requirements outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act.
If you or someone you know would like to become a U.S. Citizen, learn more by visiting the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site...