Damascus Middle School Civics Students Take a Personal Look at Citizenship

A girl talking to a group of students.Students in Mrs. Wendy Cole’s seventh-grade Civics class at Damascus Middle School recently learned the 14th Amendment and the two ways of obtaining citizenship in the United States of America.  Because they were born in the United States, the students understood the concept that a person born in the United States is a citizen.

Thanks to Annie S., a student at Patrick Henry High School, the students now have a better understanding of the naturalization process of obtaining citizenship.  Annie visited Mrs. Cole’s class on Friday, August 18 to tell her story.

Born in Armenia, Annie was adopted and brought to the United States at the age of 2 ½.  She grew up in Glade Spring, and until she was fifteen and preparing to get her Learner’s Permit, she says her life was no different than any other American student’s life.  She told the students about The Child Citizenship Act of 2000, which expedited naturalization of children like her; however, she said she didn’t have the necessary paperwork.  After submitting “lots of paperwork” and money, she was finally able to become a citizen of the United States.  She says the ceremony was an “eye-opening experience” for her, as there were a lot of students there for the same reasons she was.  As a result of her experiences, Annie has a newfound interest in the way our government works.  As a result of Annie’s visit, Mrs. Cole’s students also have a newfound interest in the naturalization process!

Contact Person: 
Valerie Cox