Steubing Ranch student honored at Naturalization Ceremony


Leticia Villarreal is recognized for 2nd place essay at the naturalization ceremony.

A Steubing Ranch Elementary School fifth-grade student has placed in the Celebrate America annual writing program for the second year in a row. Leticia Villarreal held a big smile as new citizens to the United States and their families filled the Institute of Texan Cultures as part of a naturalization ceremony on April 20.  The writing program draws inspiration from the wonderful ceremony with its theme, “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants.” Leticia earned second place in the public school category, earning a certificate of recognition.

Sponsored nationally by the American Immigration Council, and facilitated locally by the law firm De Mott, McChesney, Curtright, and Armendáriz, LLP (DMCA), the program received numerous entries for the 2016-2017 school year, which were submitted for judging online. This year’s judges included Christian Clark, of the Institute of Texan Cultures; Lee Hurtado, writer and social media personality; and Steve Spriester, anchor for KSAT 12 News.

“What makes this program so unique is that it inspires student to look beyond the headlines and explore what immigration really means,” said Hurtado. “And in turn, what they find and what they share inspires us.”

Leticia was given the opportunity to read her written work in front of the entire audience. The student reflected on what immigration means to her and even touched on the broader questions of the challenges facing immigrants in a new land. Steubing Ranch staff, including Principal Mario Guillen, and the Leticia’s family were proudly in attendance. Learn more about the Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest by clicking here.

Posted on 04/20/2017