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Cardinal Stritch H.S. hosts naturalization ceremony

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The Rev. Eric Schild, president of Cardinal Stritch High School, speaks during Thursday's naturalization ceremony.

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U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp addresses 29 people who are to become new U.S. citizens.

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St. Kateri Catholic Academy sixth graders Katie Steck, 12, left, and Mason Huntermark, 12, put up flags they made at the start of the ceremony. The children made flags of the countries the new citizens had left. The flag at left is that of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the one at right that of India.

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Mariana Steffan, the elementary and middle school music teacher and a Russian emigre, talks about her journey. She became a U.S. citizen during the ceremony.

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Jeremiah Duvall, center holding flag up, and other second graders welcome the new citizens during the naturalization ceremony.

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U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp, reads the Oath of Citizenship, and citizen Mariana Steffan, originally from Russia, takes the oath with the other soon-to-be-citizens.

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U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp, reads the Oath of Citizenship, and new U.S. citizen Mariana Steffan, originally from Russia, takes the oath with the other soon-to-be-citizens.

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Melanie Tran, a third grader at St. Kateri Catholic Academy, leads attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Sofia Ollervides, 3, of Caledonia, during the ceremony in which her father Francisco Jose Ollervides, became an American citizen.

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Melanie Tran, a third grader at St. Kateri Catholic Academy, leads attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. U.S. District Court Judge James Knepp, left, and new citizen Mariana Steffan, right, hold their hands over their hearts.

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The Cardinal Stritch High School Chorale, under the direction of Tyler Lentz, left, performs the 'Star-Spangled Banner.'

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Mariana Steffan, originally of Russia, is welcomed as a U.S. citizen by U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp, right. Behind Knepp, and center, is James McGuire, an officer from the USCIS.

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New U.S. citizen Mariana Steffan, originally of Russia and now an elementary and middle school music teacher at the school, is welcomed by Rev. Eric Schild, president of Cardinal Stritch High School.

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Mariana Steffan, originally of Russia, is welcomed as a U.S. citizen by Chris Burkhart, Fort Industry NSDAR Chapter.

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Sofia Ollervides, 3, left, celebrates with American flags as her father Francisco Jose Ollervides, of Caledonia, smiles after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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Mariana Steffan,left, and her daughter Anna Cook, 29, of Akron, both originally of Russia, are all smiles after the naturalization ceremony.

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