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Students get first-hand experiences in citizenship
Students get first-hand experiences in citizenship
Posted on 03/08/2019
Students on stairs at Macomb ISDA group of Utica Community Schools students recently finished a unit on government with a first-hand look at citizenship in action.

English Learner students from Stevenson, Henry Ford II and Utica high schools recently attended a recent Naturalization Ceremony at the Macomb Intermediate School District, where 50 new Americans received their citizenship. 

"It was so exciting to see so many people coming from other countries becoming American citizens and one day we will become citizens,” said Haseeb Ahmed, a new student from Pakistan.

Donald Grand, the United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, presided over the official swearing in of the new citizens, who represented 24 different countries. 

Nabaa Algburi was among a group of students who lead the ceremony in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

"I was so nervous to go up on stage and say the Pledge of Allegiance in front of everybody from different countries, but I felt so happy and proud when everyone was saying it with me," Albguri said. 

The students attended the ceremony with their teachers, Anahita Azami, of Stevenson High School; Hana Fawaz, of Utica High School and Michelle Koehler, of Henry Ford II High School.  They had recently finished a unit on American History and Government.