Casady Hosts Naturalization Ceremony in Fee Theater
On Friday, March 1, Casady School hosted the United States Western District Court of Oklahoma for a naturalization ceremony.
Twenty-four candidates from 16 countries, including Jordan, Masadonia, India, and the United Kingdom, were inducted as United States citizen in Fee Theater, with the Honorable Suzanne Mitchell presiding over the ceremony.
Casady's eighth grade mixed ensemble, with students from both the band and orchestra, helped to open the ceremony with a performance of The Star Spangled Banner. Following the candidates' Oath of Allegiance, and formal welcome as American citizens, the musicians were joined by eighth grade choral students for America the Beautiful. The entire seventh and eighth grades were in attendance to witness the ceremony.
"It was an opportunity for durable learning and students to have an active role in the civic process," Mr. Kevin Hermansen, the eighth grade history and civics teacher said.
Casady's Director of Theatre, Mr. Andi Dema, was a guest speaker at the event, and addressed the new citizens about his own experiences becoming an American citizen. Mr. Dema, born in Albania, moved to the United States at six years old. He became a citizen of the United States in August of 2017.
"I have finally become a naturalized citizen of my new home," Mr. Dema said in his address to the new citizens. "Becoming a citizen of this great country that I have loved and lived in for the last 25 years is one of my greatest accomplishments. I have found, and earned, my home just as you have today."
This was the second time Casady School hosted a naturalization ceremony. The first time was last year, on April 6, 2018.