Tiffany Thu Nguyen thought the U.S. Citizenship test would be difficult, so she was well prepared.
“It’s hard if English is your second language,” she said. “It wasn’t easy but I learned it. And I tried really hard and learned about the culture and how to be a good citizen.”
Tiffany, a native of Vietnam, realized her dream and became a United States citizen on Sept. 17.
“Mrs. Roberts helped me learn English,” she said, of Clinton High School ESL teacher Julie Roberts. “School provided us a lot of opportunities to learn grammar and things like U.S. History.”
In the Clinton Public School District there are approximately 250 students learning English, and 26 different home languages are spoken. CPSD offers ESL services at all grade levels.
In the spring of 2019, 31 students scored proficient on the LAS Links state test, earning proficiency in the English language.
“Clinton is a very diverse community,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “Our schools do a great job working with students from other countries, both with learning English and making sure they’re included in the school culture.”
Tiffany is a senior this year at CHS. When she returned to school after the naturalization ceremony, her classmates surprised her with a party to celebrate.
“I didn’t know they would do that,” she said. “It was really fun and emotional.”
Roberts praised Tiffany’s hard work and determination.
“She did a lot of the English on her own,” Roberts said. “She worked so hard to achieve this.”
“I was absolutely thrilled when Tiffany told me that she had taken her citizenship test and passed,” said CHS teacher Nancy Dent. “I think I did the squealing and hugging that day. I have tried to let her know she is important to me and how very proud I am that she has taken this step to become an American.”
Dent said Tiffany is “a joy to teach.”
“She is a great student who despite some language barriers has managed to thrive and excel,” she said. “I love that I have the opportunity to get to know her and her culture. It’s one of the many delights of teaching international students.”
Clinton High School senior Tiffany Thu Nguyen recently earned U.S. Citizenship. A naturalization ceremony was held Sept. 17 in Jackson.
CHS senior Tiffany Thu Nguyen (right) credits her English language teacher Julie Roberts for helping her become proficient in English.