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More Than 200 Ohioans Become U.S. Citizens In Statehouse Ceremony

219 people from 54 countries became US citizens in a ceremony at the Statehouse today.  And they were pretty pleased about it.

Sage Shahid, Maree Gavhed, Man Biswa and Augustine Ackah all became citizens today. They live in the 15-county area covered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office in Columbus.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose spoke at the event, in which the new citizens all received applications to become registered voters.

Naturalization ceremonies like this are held around the state several times a year.

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Man Biswa looks at the certificate he received at the naturalization ceremony. (credit Kasler)
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Man Biswa looks at the certificate he received at the naturalization ceremony. (credit Kasler)
New U.S. citizens listen to a speech from Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
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New U.S. citizens listen to a speech from Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
Two new citizens pose with U.S District Judge Algenon Marbley, who offered opening remarks.
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Two new citizens pose with U.S District Judge Algenon Marbley, who offered opening remarks.
A father and his children listen at the ceremony.
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A father and his children listen at the ceremony.
New citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance after the naturalization ceremony.
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New citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance after the naturalization ceremony.
A new citizen appears emotional after the naturalization ceremony.
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A new citizen appears emotional after the naturalization ceremony.