Abington, PA - During an inspiring ceremony held at Abington Senior High School on April 5, 62 applicants became citizens of the United States of America. The ceremony was the latest in a time-honored tradition of Naturalization Ceremonies hosted by Montgomery Bar Association’s American Citizenship Committee. Fittingly, the ceremony was presided over by the Honorable Gary S. Silow, a judge of the 38th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas and proud alumnus of Abington Senior High School.
The ceremony included remarks from Mary C. Pugh, Esq., MBA President and Executive Director of Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP); Jonathan A. Grode, Esq., U.S. Practice Director of the Immigration Law Firm Green and Spiegal and Adjunct Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law; and representatives from Abington Senior High School. United States Immigration Services Officer Yvette Plant delivered the Motion for Admission of over 60 applicants before Montgomery County Prothonotary Mark Levy administered the Oath of American Citizenship. Certificates were then distributed alongside inspirational performances, staged by members of the Abington Senior High School Select Choir and the Abington Senior High School Brass Ensemble. Upon the Court's adjournment, new citizens and guests were invited to enjoy a reception with light refreshments, provided by the Bar Association.
A special thank you to David J. Walton, Esq., Chair of the MBA American Citizenship Committe; Patricia Murray, Cozen O'Connor; Montgomery County Prothonotary's Office; and the administration of Abington Senior High School, including Dr. Amy F. Sichel, Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey S. Fecher, Assistant Superintendent, Angelo G. Berrios, III, Principal, Joseph DeTato, Director of Bands, and Timothy Myers, Director of Choral Activities.
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