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home : columnists : columnists July 25, 2017

1/20/2017 4:00:00 AM
Immigrant proud to be American on this day
Photo providedNoblesville’s Victoria Spartz and Vice-President elect Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence.
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Noblesville’s Victoria Spartz and Vice-President elect Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence.

By Betsy Reason

Noblesville's Victoria Spartz was born and raised in Ukraine and met her husband on a train in Europe.

At age 21, in 2000, she came to the United States after graduating college.

Today, Victoria and Jason Spartz will be watching President-Elect Donald Trump take the oath of office outside the Capitol as Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States.

"It's going to be very busy, but too memorable to miss," said Victoria Spartz, who shared with me her official gold-sealed invitation and, earlier this week, talked about their exciting plans.

Spartz, who is vice chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party and former president of Hamilton County Republican Women, made the trip to Washington, D.C., with the county's Republican Party chairman and Carmel City Council member Laura Campbell, and husband, Rick Campbell, of Carmel,

Spartz proudly shared with me a past snapshot of herself with Vice-President elect Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence, during Pence's run for Indiana Governor.

"I am very excited that my fellow Hoosiers are a big part of this history," she said.

Today, she is feeling particularly proud be an American.

"For someone who grew up in a totalitarian socialist republic but spent all my mature life in this constitutional republic, individual liberty has a particularly special meaning." In 2016, she testified in favor of reforming the federal law regarding immigration at an Indiana Senate hearing.

Victoria Spartz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from Ukraine, then a Master of Science degree in accounting from Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. She is a certified public accountant and is involved in public accounting, consulting, farming, real estate and teaching, as part of the adjunct faculty staff at Kelley. In 2016, she testified in favor of reforming the federal law regarding immigration at an Indiana Senate hearing.

Jason Spartz is a Noblesville native who attended Hamilton Southeastern and Noblesville Middle schools and graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in 1988.

The Spartzes are among hundreds of thousands of people who have descended upon Washington to celebrate the occasion on this rainy day.

Inaugural festivities kicked off Thursday and continue through Saturday morning.

Trump's "Make America Great Again!" Welcome Celebration on Thursday afternoon featured country music megastar Toby Keith, whose manager is Noblesville native T.K. Kimbrell.

Today's swearing-in ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., with Trump taking the oath of office around noon, followed by his inaugural address, on the West Front of the Capitol.

Victoria Spartz also shared their official invitation to attend this afternoon's Presidential Inaugural Parade.

Earlier this week, Victoria was busy getting ready for inaugural events, having her ball gown hemmed for tonight's Inaugural Freedom Ball, for which she also shared her invitation and personalized tickets. There are two official Inaugural Balls tonight at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Trump is expected to attend these balls plus an Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum, to speak and to take to the dance floor at all three galas.

Spartz felt it important to attend this year's inaugural events.

"I believe that this election was not just about a certain candidate or party but about the ideals of personal freedom, individual initiative and limited government," she said. "I was happy and encouraged to see that these ideals, which inspired our Founding Fathers and led to a lot of great achievements for our civilization, are still as valid and admired by my fellow Americans as ever."

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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