Rosaura Lemus proudly displays her United States Citizenship Certificate after the swearing in ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2017.

New U.S. citizen Laura Penate.

rcilia Santamaria (left) with Peter Tovar, who teaches citizenship classes through the Northern Nevada Literacy Center.

Welcome New Citizens of the
United States of America

Fifty-nine Reno area residents were sworn in as new citizens on Friday, June 23, 2017 in a Naturalization Ceremony at the downtown Reno Federal Building. The new citizens immigrated from a number of different countries including Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea, Denmark, Pakistan and England. The new citizens were joined by almost two hundred relatives, friends and well-wishers.

The new citizens were sworn in by the Honorable Gregg W. Zive, who is a federal bankruptcy judge for the district of Nevada. Following the swearing-in, two of the new citizens spoke about their experience of becoming a U. S. citizen and how proud they were to become Americans.

Representatives from the offices of Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto as well as from the office of Congressman Mark Amodei read letters from the elected officials to the new citizens.

Three of the new citizens sworn in were Rosaura Lemus, Laura Penate and Ercilia Santamaria. All three had attended the citizenship classes sponsored by the Northern Nevada Literacy Council and presented by Peter Tovar at the Sparks Christian Fellowship. They were all very grateful for the classes as they helped prepare them to meet the requirements of becoming United States citizens.

A new series of citizenship classes will begin on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Sparks Christian Fellowship. For more information, call (775) 356-1007.

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