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New Citizens to be Sworn In on Lake Mead
New Citizens to be Sworn In on Lake Mead

 

A momentous day for many people will coincide with a historic first at Lake Mead, thanks to the idea of a Boulder City High School student.

At 8 a.m. Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Boulder City High School National Honor Society will host a naturalization ceremony – the first such ceremony on Lake Mead. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge George W. Foley will preside.

The 24 citizenship candidates will board the Desert Princess paddlewheel boat and sail to a point within view of the upstream side of Hoover Dam and the recently opened Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, where they will take the Oath of Allegiance on Lake Mead. The idea was first presented to officials by Hannah Dey, a student at Boulder City High School who will attend Friday’s ceremony.

The candidates are originally from 12 countries: Australia, Bulgaria, People's Republic of China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan and the Philippines. They range in age from 20 to 59 years old. Five members of the U.S. Air Force will be naturalized along with the other citizenship candidates.

“I have hoped to hold a ceremony at Lake Mead National Recreation Area for some time and was thrilled when a student approached me with this idea as part of a Boulder City High School National Honor Society Project,” NPS Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.

USCIS and NPS started a partnership in 2006 to welcome new citizens at such historic and picturesque locations, and to introduce them to some of the nation’s most significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites.

Almost 700,000 people naturalized as U.S. citizens during fiscal year 2011, including 8,505 in Nevada, 7,327 by USCIS Las Vegas Field Office, serving Clark, Esmeralda, Nye and Lincoln counties.

 

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