Everyone’s ancestors come to Worthington from somewhere else! Our ancestors may have moved here from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America or from somewhere else in North America. You may have moved with your family from another country, from one state to another, from the country to the city, or from a city to a suburb. When people choose to leave their home and come to The United States they do it for many different reasons. Some leave for opportunity, some for adventure and some to escape oppressive regimes that threaten their rights or religions. Sadly some immigrants are those who are forcibly removed from their homelands.
Last week Worthington Schools was able to partner with The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a Naturalization Ceremony at Worthington Kilbourne High School. Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
124 new citizens participated in the ceremony and they came to The United States from 39 different countries. Our new citizens ranged in age from 19 to 76 years old.
By hosting the ceremony at Worthington Kilbourne our senior students were able to attend and witness the event. Each participant in the ceremony stood-up and shared their name, their country of origin and most stated how happy they were to have the opportunity to become a citizen of The United States. Watching the joy and excitement on the faces of the participants was inspiring.
In a season where many of us are tired from a long and contentious election. It’s heartwarming to note that our country is made up of people who all came from somewhere else. That fact continues today and regardless of the challenges we face as a nation, The United States is still a place that promises opportunity for a better life. Our students at Worthington Kilbourne were able to witness this staple of our democratic process first-hand and I believe every one of them left with a better understanding of a foundational principle of our country, naturalization.
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent