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Rice students get up close civics lesson

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A Chittenden County high school celebrated the citizenship of more than two dozen new Americans Monday.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services held its naturalization ceremony at Rice Memorial High School this afternoon. The entire student body -- at Rice -- watched as 25 candidates -- from 18 different countries earned their citizenship.   The students -- currently studying the naturalization process -- say the ceremony brought their lessons to life.

"It's pretty intimidating and it's something you may not think about if you never had to take the exam yourself, if you were just born in America and you are a citizen or your parents are citizens," said 11th grader Miranda Orcutt.

"The oath is really powerful. It's an important thing to participate in and to celebrate with the people who have worked so hard to become citizens -- and also to be mindful of not taking those rights for granted," said the school's Sarah Smith Conroy.

The school says at least nine students in the audience have immigrated to the U.S. and earned their citizenship.

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