New boys in town

Two highland rams have recently gotten their citizenship


Esmeralda L. Herrera Avalos, Ruby C. Kloh, and Thomas P. Siavashi

Highland senior student, Jose Iturrios, and his freshman brother, Angel Iturrios, have recently become legal citizens of the U.S.A. They lived in Mexico for their whole lives, up until two years ago, when they moved to the USA.

We asked the boys what was the most difficult part of becoming a citizen. Jose said his parents did most of the work for him and his brother, but the test was the most difficult for him. The test includes a section on U.S. history, government, and English. His brother, Angel, on the other hand, had no problem with the test.

Becoming a citizen in the USA is a very hard thing to do, especially for those who don’t or can’t speak English. It can take more than just six years to become one and it proves to be a hardship.

Moving to a new country is especially a hard thing to do. Some people leave a home behind. Imagine moving schools and starting high school all alone and now imagine it to moving into a new country. I asked Jose what he remembered upon his arrival to the USA. Jose claimed he felt lost when he got here. Lost in a new country, new customs, and new life. Angel felt a different way: he was interested with the new things he was going to be seeing in the future. He was optimistic.

It was going to be a journey, a new experience. These two have come a long way to join us here as Highland Rams. We should be proud to have them. When you see them in the halls, don’t forget to say hi, and be nice to those around you. You never know what’s going on in their life.