Our new Spanish teacher at the middle school, Jorgeanne Barley, attended a US Naturalization Ceremony in Bangor, Maine on December 1, 2017! We had a whole school assembly on December 4th to recognize her and celebrate!
Ms. Barley writes, “After working and living in Maine for more than 19 years I finally submitted my application to become a US citizen on December 12th of 2016. I had the biometrics (fingerprinting) done in January of 2017. Then, I was interviewed at USCIS office in South Portland on November 7th, 2017. On the same day I took the reading, writing, and civic tests then, I was nominated to receive the naturalization. On Friday, December 1st of 2017 at 10:00 a.m. I received my U.S. naturalization certificate at the U.S. District Court in Bangor, ME.
The ceremony was presided by the federal judge John Woodcock Jr. He told us how proud he was for doing it. Twenty countries were represented by 28 new Americans and he listed all of them. The judge asked us to keep our culture, language, and traditions in our new country. In addition, he reminded us to leave behind any discrimination and prejudice acts that some cultures carry in their own countries since the U.S was created to banned those practices.
We took the Oath and the Pledge of Allegiance, and then sang the National Anthem. The judge asked the crowd to stand up and to give us an ovation to welcome us as their brothers and sisters.
I will cherish that moment forever because I became a Brazilian American, like my son, in the same city he was born in 2002.”
Here is the link from WABI Channel 5 Bangor coverage: