Ridgefield history students practice naturalization process

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Ridgefield -- "Why is it important for you to be a U.S. citizen? What does it mean to be a good citizen? What is your responsibility as a citizen?" Those are some of the questions students at Ridgefield High School had to ponder during a multi-part "naturalization" project designed by history teachers Gregg Ford and George Black. The students researched their own immigrant ancestors, filled out 10-page citizenship applications for them, took intensive history tests and swore a Naturalization Oath under the eyes of a Clark County Superior Court judge. Many students learned much about their own backgrounds, as well as American history. Junior Megan Driver really appreciated the application practice – because she was born in England. "I'm going to have to take this test when I turn 18, so it's been a very cool learning experience for me," said Driver. "The most eye-opening experience was discovering how much information you need to know in order to become a citizen."