Introducing new U.S. citizen Raquel Maldonado |

Introducing new U.S. citizen Raquel Maldonado

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comRead-Up literacy program tutor Lynn Mullen, left, and new U.S. citizen Raquel Maldonado stand proudly with Raquel's daughter Mayline Maldonado, age 8.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Raquel Maldonado of Truckee is the Nevada Countyand#8217;s Read-Up literacy programand#8217;s latest success story as she successfully completed the reading, writing and oral examinations to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Along with 1,700 new citizens, she was sworn in at the state capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 24.

and#8220;We hope Raqueland#8217;s success will encourage others to join Read-Up,and#8221; said Rolann Aronson, program director.

and#8220;Raqueland#8217;s main challenge was the oral exam, but she passed it easily after three 90-minute sessions per week for six weeks,and#8221; said Lynn Mullen of Tahoe City, Maldonadoand#8217;s volunteer tutor, who is a retired ESL and special education teacher.

and#8220;I knew all the possible questions, but I was scared that Iand#8217;d forget the answers,and#8221; said Maldonado, who is married and a mother of two daughters. Maldonado added that her daughter Mayline (8), a first grader at Truckee Elementary School, was a big help in coaching her for the test.

For more information on the Read-Up program conducted by Nevada County at the Truckee Library, contact Rolann Aronson by e-mail at