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Smiles & flags mark Ripton ceremony where 15 new Americans take the oath

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Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By John S. McCright and John Flowers



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CLAUDINE MASEMBE NZANZU of Congo-Kinshasa receives her citizenship certificate from the Hon. Colleen A. Brown at a naturalization ceremony held at Ripton Elementary School last Thursday. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

RIPTON — Mary Magot began a journey 16 years ago. It started in the African nation of Sudan, led her through a civil war, a temporarily fractured household and immense hardship.

Her journey — and those of 14 other people from all corners of the globe — ended on Thursday with a meandering car ride up a serpentine Route 125, near the Robert Frost Trail, to the Ripton Elementary School, where they became citizens of the United States in a ceremony presided over by a federal judge.

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