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A Moving Immigration Naturalization Ceremony

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

naturalization2Each year, thousands of immigrants are sworn in as American citizens in ceremonies across the country. In one ceremony in Alaska, a middle school’s beloved US history teacher, a native of Venezuela, received her naturalization, writes Michelle Theriault Boots of the Anchorage Daily News.

Anaely Hernandez, who grew up in Venezuela has taught in the Anchorage School District since 1997, and was sworn in as a naturalized citizen in front of 800 excited middle-schoolers. The ceremony served as a valuable civics lesson for students. District chief academic officer, Mike Graham spoke at the ceremony and described the significance of Ms. Hernandez’s naturalization. “This has to be the most relevant lesson on the Constitution I’ve ever seen,” he said. Former students attended the ceremony, declaring their support for Ms. Hernandez as “an amazing teacher,” Theriault Boots writes.

As part of her lessons, Ms. Hernandez encourages students to take the US Naturalization Test. Try your hand at the questions and answers here!