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New citizens are all smiles at Beeman

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Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MELINDA ARABIS KNIGHTS, above, of the Philippines is all smiles as she is handed her documents at the end of Tuesday’s naturalization ceremony held at Beeman Elementary School in New Haven. The school’s chorus, right, sang “These Green Hills” as part of the ceremony. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

NEW HAVEN — Melinda Knights, a native of the Philippines, first came to the United States in 2009.

“Since I was small I was dreaming to come here to the United States,” the St. Johnsbury resident told a questioner at the Beeman Elementary School gym on Tuesday afternoon.

“I really, really love this country,” Knights continued. “And I am so very proud that I am here today.”

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