KC student commemorated before classmates for completing path to U.S. citizenship

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Daniel Stroade is a seventh grader at Visitation Catholic School in Kansas City and Friday is a very special day. It takes a lot to capture the attention of students on a Friday afternoon moments before the weekend. This time, all eyes were on Daniel and a piece of paper.

Daniel has had a busy two months; learning English, teaching Spanish, missing home, all while building a new life in Kansas City.

“Daniel’s dad came to me and said,'I’m going to have a special young man come from Colombia as my son and bring him to the United States of America and we want him to be at Visitation school,'” said Principal Vince Cascone as he addressed the entire student body.

It all led up to this day. 13-year-old Daniel became a U.S citizen when he signed a piece of paper.

“I love you Colombia. United States, you are my second home,” Daniel said.

“It was a long time coming. It was a year-long process to get to here today,” said his father, Steve Stroade.

The good day continued when Daniel was surprised with yet one more gift. This time from his favorite team. Daniel will attend a Sporting Kansas City practice session and meet with the team next week.

This is a day Daniel will never forget.

“I’m so happy, I can’t even explain,” he said.

Right before school let out, he led the entire student body in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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