OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- A Marin County fifth-grader gave the keynote speech Wednesday morning at a citizenship ceremony in Oakland.
Sierra Glasheen read from an essay she wrote on why she "Is glad America is a Nation of Immigrants."
A talented ballet dancer, Glasheen spoke before 1,200 new citizens from 99 countries.
"Every time I heard a country I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that is so awesome.' I was just really happy for everyone who came," Glasheen said.
The writing contest was sponsored by the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Fifth grade essay winner gives keynote at naturalization ceremony