American dreams realized

Pictured, Waterloo High School Student Council President Jersie Few leads the new American citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance.

They came from 30 countries,  including South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Nepal, Honduras, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Burma, China, Peru, Belarus, New Zealand, Cambodia, Zambia, Ghana, Bulgaria, Burma, Thailand, Iran, Iraq and South Korea.

They had different professions: doctor, professor, retail worker, member of the Armed Forces, baby sitter, college student, programmer, nurse, teacher and nonprofit employee.

They ranged in age from 19 to 86. 

As different as they may seem, these 58 people had one thing in common: they became citizens  as part of a naturalization ceremony last Wednesday at Waterloo High School. 

“It was a blessing to be part of this,” said Waterloo Superintendent of Schools Brian Charron, who attended the event. “It makes you realize all that we take for granted being born here.”

Officiated by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the ceremony marked the conclusion of a long process for these people…>>> 

Read more in the January 23, 2019, issue.

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James Moss

James is an alumni of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he graduated summa cum laude with degrees in mass communications and applied communications studies. While in school, he interned at two newspapers and worked at a local grocery store to pay for his education. When not working for the Republic-Times, he enjoys watching movies, reading, playing video games and spending time with his friends.
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