Maine middle school hosts US citizenship ceremony

More than 40 people recently received their US Citizenship in a ceremony at a school in Maine.

The Middle School of the Kennebunks in Kennebunk hosted the special ceremony for 41 of America’s newest citizens, according to the SeaCoastOnline.com.

Kurt Pelletier with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said during the ceremony, which was set up by one of the middle school’s Spanish teachers, that the citizens hailed from 14 different countries, such as Albania and the UK, reports the news source.

“At the conclusion of this ceremony, they’ll represent one country,” he said. “The United States of America.”

US Senator Susan Collins was also on hand at the ceremony and spoke about the opportunities that those with US citizenship are afforded.

Denis Riordian, a district director with the USCIS said that the atmosphere at this particular ceremony was one of the best that he’s ever attended.

“This is a highlight in all my years of participating,” he told the news source.

There are many responsibilities that come with being an American including paying taxes and voting in elections.

Another citizenship ceremony was recently held in New Hampshire, honoring a soldier who had recently returned from Iraq.