261697_219184394793256_6445533_nHtoo Htoo Simon is a citizen!  He passed his citizenship test with flying colors and took his Oath of Allegiance.  Click the link to see his interview with Orange Literacy staffer Claire Davis, where he describes the process.  And check out photo gallery for pictures of Htoo Htoo with his tutor Phyllis Kessler.  Congratulations Htoo Htoo!
Elisaul Manriquez has earned his GED!   While he did well on all the tests, he was outstanding in math, where he placed in the 99th percentile with a score of 720 out of 800.  Congratulations Elisaul!
293430_260673737310988_1764344576_nMeet Myya Pulick, one of our newest citizens.  Myya was a Radiologist in her native Ukraine before coming to the U.S.  She’s an active member of our Tuesday morning conversation class at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill – and she makes the most incredibly delicious cabbage and onion rolls.  Check our photo gallery for pictures of Myya and her tutors.
A shout-out to Casio Noell – our new TV star.  Casio braved the cameras at UNC-TV/WUNC-FM’s town hall meeting – American Graduate: Keeping Kids in School – to talk about his own experience as a high school drop-out.  Knowledgeable panel, great hosts.  And Casio got the applause!
On July 4th of 2012, we celebrated our newest citizens. During the 2011-2012 program year, nine of our students–Myya Pulick, Htoo Htoo Simon, Luis Sierra, Charanjit Kaur, Ana Maria Castaneda, Paw Moo, Jeff Tshi, Joel Herandez and Khu Khu Juelah–passed the citizenship test.  Together with a group of very dedicated volunteer tutors, they put in hours and hours of hard work. It paid off. And we are so very proud of them.
427514_451858791525814_993353237_nErick Remirez is the one of  most recent Orange Literacy student to earn his GED.  And immediately after getting his scores, he offered to volunteer in our office.  At a time when most of the staff was away at training, he was a very, very welcome sight.  Congratulations Erick!  And thank you!!!
337790_459164040795289_1977586984_oAnd we have another new U.S. citizen! Kamlesh Kamlesh has taken her Oath of Allegiance.  Congratulations Kamlesh! And our thanks to Carol Holmes, her tutor.  Luckily Kamlesh will continue in our ESOL program – otherwise we would miss her far too much.