On Friday, Sept. 28, The Summit Country Day School hosted its annual naturalization ceremony in Flannery Gymnasium. Presided over by the Hon. Stephanie K. Bowman, U.S. Magistrate Judge, 89 people representing 43 countries were sworn in as United States citizens. Since 2013, 436 people have declared their allegiance to the U.S. through this ceremony here at The Summit.
After the Boys Scouts in The Summit’s pack and Troop 191 presented the colors, and Head of School Rich Wilson gave his opening remarks, Harold C. Schott Middle School students Maya Hajjar, James Hinton, Shannon Dennemann, Derek Kuang and Ethan Wu read Veronica Lawlor’s “I was Dreaming to Come to America.”
The citizenship ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance followed shortly thereafter. Then, the seventh and eighth grade choruses sang songs such as “America the Beautiful” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
This ceremony aligns with The Summit’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“We teach our students that diversity is good,” Mr. Wilson said. “We reach new ideas, perspectives and customs. We find that when many voices are heard, it makes us stronger. It makes us better. At The Summit Country Day School, we have more than 1,000 kids in our school and 45 of those children have citizenship outside the country, and they bring a lot of teaching and learning to the students in our country, which is why we like to have them here. I welcome you to our state, I welcome you to our city and I welcome you to our school. You are no longer strangers here. You are our friends.”