Happy Trails, Keara Brosnan

Keara Brosnan, center, served as an intern and aide for the Colorado Secretary of State office's communications department. She is touring the award-winning Ink Monstr in this photo from the company.
Keara Brosnan, center, served as an intern and aide for the Colorado Secretary of State office’s communications department. She is touring the award-winning Ink Monstr in this photo from the company.

Today I say good-bye to my intern, my techie and my friend. I’ll miss you Keara Brosnan.

You know you’ve selected the right intern when you both quote the same lines from “Napoléon Dynamite,” including, “Tina, you fat lard. Come get some dinner.”

When Keara came to the Secretary of  State’s office for her interview last fall she said everybody calls her Kiki because no one can pronounced Keara. I should have taken that as a clue but I insisted we go with Keara. I found myself saying over and over again, “Key,” like a car key, “air,” like what we breathe, “uh,” as in uh huh.

By the time she accompanied Secretary of State Wayne Williams last month on a breathtakingly beautiful road trip — Hinsdale, Rio Grande and Garfield counties — he almost had the name down.

Keara, 22, graduated from the University of Denver in March with a degree in strategic communications. She is from the bay area in California.

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“I get the right to vote!” new U.S. citizen tells Secretary of State’s office

When Maria Gutilla of Peru became a U.S. citizen on Wednesday, her family showed up to cheer her on. From left to right, Zack Gutilla, 35, holding daughter Mikaela; Zack's wife, Maria, and Secretary Wayne Williams holding their daughter,Cecilia. (Photo by Keara Brosnan/SOS)
When Maria Gutilla of Peru became a U.S. citizen on Wednesday, her family showed up to cheer her on. From left to right, Zack Gutilla, 35, holding daughter Mikaela; Zack’s wife, Maria, and Secretary Wayne Williams holding their daughter,Cecilia. (Photo by Keara Brosnan/SOS)

By Keara Brosnan

Peruvian Marita Gutilla finally gets to call herself an American.

The 31-year-old was one of  56 people from 29 countries — ranging from Nepal to France to Mexico — who officially became citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony Wednesday in Centennial.

Citizenship caries many rights as well as responsibilities, which the new Americans said they looking forward to.

“I get all the privileges everyone else has,” said Yulia Aleksandrovna Penny, a 33-year-old Russian native who lives in Highlands Ranch. “I get the right to vote!”

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