The John L. Johnson auditorium at Napoleon Central School was the site of an historic event today (Tues.). 38 residents from 24 foreign countries took the pledge to become citizens of the United States of America.
Local judges John Collier and Denise McColley participated in the event, with U.S. district judge Jack Zou-kerry’ presiding.
The new citizens of America included 6 former residents of Mexico, and another 5 from Lebanon. Iraq and Egypt also had multiple representation. Guest speakers included Sue Noon Myers from the Patrick Henry school district, a former resident of Germany. And three Napoleon grads paid tribute to the late Bob Heft for his contributions to the city, and for creating the current U.S. flag. They included Keri Lymanstall, Lisa Nagel, along with Angela Nixon.
The program included student participation from 8th graders Madison Ashbaugh and Phillip Wolf, as well as 4th grader, Tristan Stacey. The event was coordinated by Char Weber at the Napoleon administrative offices Musical performances were delivered by students at Napoleon middle and high school.