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Gloria Quintana earns citizenship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

As of Tuesday, May 31, Gloria Quintana is now a proud United States citizen.

She has been working on the citizenship process for two years through Phillips County Family Education Services classes with volunteer instructor Linda Statz.

Quintana, who moved to America about 20 years ago, explained she needed to be a permanent U.S. resident for at least five years to be eligible for citizenship.

The civic classes she took with Statz paid off when she breezed through the citizenship questions Tuesday. Out of the 100 study questions, Quintana had to pass at least six out of 10 questions asked.

After getting her fingerprints taken and proving she could converse in English, Quintana was honored to get her certificate and be sworn in at the office in Centennial. Now she’s excited to register to vote in the next elections.

U.S. citizenship means so much to Quintana who emphasized America provides her with a “better life and more opportunities.” Quintana said becoming a citizen is in memory of her sister Yesenia Coronado who died recently. She is very appreciative of Statz as well as her boss and her family for all of their help and support.

Gloria Quintana, pictured at top left, proudly displays her new
citizenship document. With her is instructor Linda Statz and her
youngest son Eduardo Quintana.            —Enterprise photo

Holyoke Enterprise June 9, 2011