Six hundred students gathered in the gymnasium at Winston Campus Junior High and Elementary Schools in Palatine, Illinois, to witness a very special naturalization ceremony. On May 2nd, 2012, 26 candidates from 18 countries took the Oath of Allegiance to finalize their journey to becoming American citizens. Ms. Pauline Koffman Woodson from the Chicago Field Office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officiated at the ceremony. She gave a beautiful address to the new citizens that reminds all of us of the great privilege it is to be American citizens. Ms. Woodson encouraged all citizens to be grateful for our freedoms and rights. Finally, she reminded us that with the privilege of citizenship we also have responsibilities to the country and the world. You will hear Ms. Woodson’s inspiring words in this video.