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2011 Outstanding American by Choice Event Photos

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The Outstanding American by Choice initiative highlights the importance of citizenship rights and responsibilities through recognition of the outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens.
The following are photos from events in 2011 in which USCIS presented the Outstanding American by Choice recognition.

 
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 January 29, 2011 - Bloomington, MN
   
From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas; Outstanding American by Choice honoree Gerda Weissmann Klein, Founder, Citizenship Counts, Author, and Human Rights Activist; and Alysa Ullman, Executive Director of Citizenship Counts in Bloomington, MN, Jan. 29, 2011

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From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas; “Outstanding American by Choice” honoree Gerda Weissmann Klein, Founder, Citizenship Counts, Author, and Human Rights Activist; and Alysa Ullman, Executive Director of Citizenship Counts in Bloomington, MN, Jan. 29, 2011 

 

 

 

  
   
 
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 September 13, 2011 - Washington, D.C.
   

From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Outstanding American by Choice honoree Arturo E. Howard, and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington DC, September 13

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From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas; “Outstanding American by Choice” honoree Arturo E. Howard,  USCG; and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC, Sept. 13, 2011 

From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Outstanding American by Choice honoree Joseph A. Banco, and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington DC, September 13

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From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas; “Outstanding American by Choice” honoree Joseph A. Banco, Jr. CBP; and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC, Sept. 13, 2011

 
   
   

From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Outstanding American by Choice honoree Omar Cruz, and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington DC, September 13

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From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas; “Outstanding American by Choice” honoree Omar Cruz,  FEMA; and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC, Sept. 13, 2011

 

From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Outstanding American by Choice honoree Betty Nguyen Phillips, and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington DC, September 13

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From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas; “Outstanding American by Choice” honoree Betty Nguyen Phillips, USSS; and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC, Sept. 13, 2011

 
   
   

From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Outstanding American by Choice honoree Nawar Shora, and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington DC, September 13

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From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas; “Outstanding American by Choice” honoree Nawar Shora,  TSA; and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC, Sept. 13, 2011 

From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Outstanding American by Choice honoree Aster Zeleke, and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington DC, September 13

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From left to right: USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas; “Outstanding American by Choice” honoree Aster Zeleke,  USCIS; and The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC, Sept. 13, 2011

 
 
 
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 September 23, 2011 - Washington, D.C.
   
From left to right: NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis; The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security; Outstanding American by Choice honoree Madeleine K. Albright; The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior; USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas, in Washington, DC, Sept. 23, 2011

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From left to right: NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis; The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security; "Outstanding American by Choice" honoree Madeleine K. Albright; The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior; USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas, in Washington, DC, Sept. 23, 2011  

 

 

 

  
 
 
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 October 24, 2011 - Seattle, WA
   
From left to right: "Outstanding American by Choice" honoree Alma Franulovic Plancich, Executive Director of the Ethnic Heritage Council and Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Director, USCIS; Seattle, WA, October 24, 2011

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From left to right: "Outstanding American by Choice" honoree Alma Franulovic Plancich, Executive Director of the Ethnic Heritage Council and Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Director, USCIS; Seattle, WA, October 24, 2011

 

 

 

 

  
   
 

 

Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/04/2011