Windham High School Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

Windham High School Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

On Thursday, October 25, our faculty and students enrolled in the 10th grade American Studies humanities course, and upperclassmen in the school’s Political Science course were able to witness 50 new citizens from 38 nations take the Oath of Allegiance. Students pledge of allegiance

The opportunity provided by the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, fits well into the two courses’ curriculums. Since school started in September, 10th graders in the school’s yearlong humanities course, American Studies, have been analyzing the American Dream as they studied the nation’s early history and literature. For both classes, this unique experience will provide a memorable “real-world” application.

Students were also asked to write a “letter” explaining what America means to them. Brihanna Nyonga's letter was chosen to be read to the new citizens as part of the ceremony. She related to the struggles and triumphs of becoming a citizen because her father went through them as well. Miss Nyonga is a 10th grader in Ms. O'Brien and Ms. Reills American Studies class.

Brihanna Nyonga reads her letter to new citizens The U.S. District Court of New Hampshire began conducting Naturalization ceremonies at state high schools in 2016. Since then, five other schools from around New Hampshire have had the opportunity to host. This was Windham High School’s first time hosting the event.

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