On Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in St. Louis, Mo., Lizeth Ledezma of Senath took the Oath of Citizenship and received her Certificate of Naturalization.
Born in Allende, Mexico, she came to the United States at a very young age. Her father was working in the U.S., but met and married her mother while in Mexico. Shortly, afterwards the family moved to where her father was working. According to Ledezma, she has been in the U.S. for 18 years. Seventeen of those years have been in Senath.
Ledezma attended Senath-Hornersville Schools, and afterward went to work, working at a variety of jobs which included migrant farm work as well as a part-time sales representative for Teleflora.
She began working at Senath State Bank in 2010 as a secretary/teller. To help her celebrate, co-workers decorated her desk on Friday, Sept. 28, in honor of the occasion.
When asked what she had to do to become a naturalized citizen, she noted that first you send in an application. You are then notified whether it was approved or denied. If approved, the person must go through a system known as Biometrics which includes fingerprinting. After the Biometrics, an oral test as well as a written test is given and must be passed. After this, new citizens are able to attend the Naturalization Ceremony.
In closing, Ledezma shared her thoughts about the naturalization process.
"It's hard to go through all the steps. You have to study a lot. You have to be 100 percent dedicated becoming one because it's tough."
Since 2005, Ledezma has been married to Nestor Sierra and they have two daughters, Gabby and Lexi. Her parents are Sergio and Rosalinda Ledezma.