350 local students to witness U.S. Citizenship Ceremony

Immigrants from 23 countries set to become American citizens

Edgewater High School in College Park will host a naturalization ceremony Thursday conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, with the support of Lou Frey Institute's Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and Citizenship Counts, a national nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona.

The swearing in ceremony will include 50 immigrants from 23 countries.

Former Congressman and founder of the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida, Lou Frey, will speak about the value of American citizenship, what America means to him, and the importance of giving back to the community.

The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Thursday and is expected to last about an hour.

Orange County Public School spokesperson Kathy Marsh says OCPS partnered with Lou Frey Institute's Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and Citizenship Counts "to create an experiential learning opportunity for students to educate them about the naturalization process and give them a unique opportunity to participate in an authentic naturalization ceremony."

More than 350 students from Carver, Discovery, and Lee middle schools will attend and witness the naturalization ceremony. Nearly 100 Edgewater High School students will also be in the audience.

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