Sarah Ball Becomes U.S. Citizen

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Ball, Sarah - U.S. Citizenby Cameron Tieuli

MILWAUKEE - Thursday, Feb. 21 was a special day for Marquette University women's track and field team member Sarah Ball, as the distance runner officially became a legal citizen of the United States. Ball, a 21 year-old junior, originally lived in Barton Mills, Suffolk, England for 13-and-a-half years before her father relocated their family to Wisconsin for a job opportunity.

"I've lived here almost as long as I lived there, and I plan on being here for the future, so it made sense for me to get it done now," Ball said. "It feels good."

In order to become a legal citizen, Ball had to go through various application processes and background checks, with one of the application processes taking six months. In November, she had to correctly pass a mini-exam of six questions pertaining to questions about the United States, her last step before she would be able to be sworn in by a judge in Milwaukee.

"I got six out of six, it was easy." Ball said with a smile.

Ball is the first person in her family to become a legal citizen in the U.S., but says her father and younger brother might be close behind as well. Ball, who currently is pursuing a degree in exercise physiology, went to Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wis. 

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