Penn Yan mother, daughter become U.S. citizens

Less than two weeks before beginning her third year of college, a Penn Yan woman and her mother became U.S. citizens in an Aug. 18 ceremony at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park’s Wesleyan Chapel.

Lesly and Felisa Vasquez were among 19 people from 17 countries who were sworn in by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson. Both have been students at the Penn Yan office of Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates.

Lesly Vasquez is a 2015 graduate of Penn Yan Academy and a 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Graduate of Finger Lakes Community College, where she earned an associate’s degree in American Sign Language. She is now attending Keuka College, working on a bachelor’s degree in ASL — Interpreting. While she was a student at LVOY, Linda Fox of Penn Yan was her tutor.

Felisa Vasquez, whose husband, Hector, became a citizen in 2014, is the mother of four. She has been learning English with tutor Anne Schühle since 2013, and focusing on citizenship with tutor Karen Geyer at the weekly English Language Learner evening class.

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