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Naturalization ceremony brings in 52 new U.S. Citizens

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The ceremony included the new citizens giving an oath to the country and speeches from local high school students about the obligations and benefits of being a citizen. The ceremony included the new citizens giving an oath to the country and speeches from local high school students about the obligations and benefits of being a citizen.
It was presided over by U.S. Judge Jeffery Helmeck - who says that being able to be a part of the ceremony is something special. It was presided over by U.S. Judge Jeffery Helmeck - who says that being able to be a part of the ceremony is something special.

It was an exciting day at University of Findlay as those that have been working hard to become official U.S.Citizens finally received their certificates at a naturalization ceremony.  The 52 recipients had to go through a five step process involving tests, paperwork, and interviews before attending the ceremony, but for some, the hardest part was just the time it took to finally start the process itself.

"It’s just about waiting, it takes some time, but sometimes it’s understandable that there’s a lot of people waiting, so so you have to be at the back of the list," said Alejandro Martinez Lopez.

The ceremony included the new citizens giving an oath to the country and speeches from local high school students about the obligations and benefits of being a citizen. It was presided over by U.S. Judge Jeffery Helmeck - who says that being able to be a part of the ceremony is something special.

"It’s the highlight of my job, it’s the best thing that I do - I have a great job, but this is by far the best part of the job," said Judge Helmeck.  "Everyone’s happy, it's a joyous day, all these people are deserving and they’ve worked so hard to get here, it really is just the highlight of my duties as a federal judge."

And now, as fully fledged citizens of the United States, those that gave their oath and hold the certificate say that they are looking forward to many of the things that they can now do.

"I'm most excited about being able to vote - that’s going to be the big difference for me, being able to become involved with the government and that I can vote, and help with political campaigns, and things like that," said Laureen Turley Michel.

"A lot of people take for granted their freedom, and that’s the one thing that I love about this country; you’re free to speak, you’re free to do and be anything that you want to be, so this is one opportunity that you have in life to do that, and this country lets you that, so that makes it very important," said Lopez.

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