Brentwood Students Host 50 New U.S. Citizens
Maplewood-Brentwood Patch - almost 5 years
Brentwood High School students shared in a momentous day for 50 strangers.
On April 20, the school hosted a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens who came from the Philippines, Mexico, Yugoslavia, India, Iraq, Brazil, Vietnam, and many more countries.
It was the culmination of “mix-it-up week,” Brentwood junior Nora Durham said.
“We get out of our comfort zones,” she said. “The theme was international diversity.”
One day the students took a mock citizenship test, and they were surprised. “We live here but we didn’t know all the answers.”
“It’s important for people to realize how hard it is to become a citizen,” Durham said. “What it means to these people, what it should mean for us, living here as American citizens.”
Each new citizen had a Brentwood student as a chaperone, who took the new citizens from the auditorium to the reception with homemade goodies.
Brentwood freshman, Ben Moran, was a chaperone for a new citizen from Somalia. “It’s fun to
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