WELLINGTON, Fla. - One Wellington High School graduate's future is looking a lot brighter. Not only did Cathy-Ann Norton graduate high school Thursday, she also officially became a US citizen.
"It's like a surreal moment, it's very overwhelming," she said.
Cathy-Ann came to Florida with her family when she was just 7-years-old.
She has been going through the long process of becoming a citizen, and going through high school at the same time.
She remembers the difficulty she had when she first arrived. "I spoke Jamaican… so I had to learn to speak regular, proper English. I mean I transitioned...it was a little rocky.”
A rocky path that now has been completed, opening many new paths for the future.
Her mother Euvaline Norton also became a citizen Thursday. Something they did together. "I'm very proud of her, I feel happy. You know because she has worked so hard this year."
Now Cathy-Ann’s on her way to becoming a contributing member of society; which is a big step for anyone. "It's going to be scary going out into the world, being on my own, now that I'm 18 I graduated and got my citizenship."
Cathy-Ann plans to attend Palm Beach State College, and then go to FAU to study nursing.