2019 Student Achievement Awards Ceremony

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville and Albemarle held its 2019 Student Achievement Ceremony at Portico Church on Tuesday, to celebrate adult students working to improve their lives.

More than 80 students were recognized for completing English-language courses, obtaining U.S. citizenship, or completing 100 or more hours of instruction.

Margarita Granados received two awards for gaining her citizenship in November and for going to more than 100 hours of classes.

“I’m very happy,” she said.

Her husband, Guadalupe Granados, and her tutor, Nancy Jo Krueger helped her reach this achievement. Guadalupe said he is already a U.S. citizen and is so happy for his wife to join him.

"Now she's an American citizen but she's been working so hard,” he said. “And nothing is easy. If you want to get something, you have to work so hard."

Kreuger said it took mock interviews, a hundred potential questions to study, and a 20-page application for Margarita to gain her citizenship.

"It feels great, especially in this climate, that we're in right now as a nation,” said Krueger. “I feel really happy to be able to do it and she's so deserving. I'm really proud to have helped her."

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