Human Interest Okla. Elementary Students Surprise Cafeteria Manager to Celebrate Her Becoming U.S. Citizen Yanet Viamontes Lopez has been the cafeteria manager at Deer Creek Prairie Vale Elementary School for three years By Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Hahn is a Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter since 2017 and has interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 19, 2021 03:28 PM Share Tweet Pin Email At an Oklahoma elementary school, a beloved staff member recently walked through a hallway full of students to chants of "USA! USA!" after passing her U.S. citizenship test. Yanet Viamontes Lopez, a cafeteria manager at Deer Creek Prairie Vale Elementary School, passed her test to become a U.S. citizen earlier this month. Dozens of students surprised her to celebrate the achievement — a sweet moment that was featured on PEOPLE (The TV Show!). "A HUGE SHOUTOUT to Ms. Yanet, our sweet cafeteria manager, who passed her test to become a US citizen!!! HOORAY!!!" a message on the school's Facebook page says of Lopez, who is originally from Cuba. The school uploaded a video showing students clapping for Lopez as she walks down a hallway, seemingly taken back with emotion. Ala. High School Janitor Who'd Been Walking to Work Surprised with New Car: 'I'm Just Thankful' Other pictures posted on social media show her waving a miniature American flag and hugging other staff members in celebration. "Every morning Ms. Yanet walks into the office and proclaims 'Good Morning, Pretty Ladies' and with a smile and a laugh she always starts the day with a positive message!" another post on the school's page said. "I am so excited for Ms. Yanet and the realization of one of her dreams in passing her citizenship test!" it continued. "We laughed that she would know more than those of us born in the U.S.A. I am honored to work with one best US citizens I know! PEOPLE According to KWTV, Lopez has had her eyes set on becoming a citizen since she was 14 years old. After receiving her green card, she had to wait five years before applying for citizenship. "You have to learn everything about the constitution, this great country, and that's all," she told the outlet. "You feel really good when you do it." School Janitor, 83, Moved to Tears as Students Throw Him Surprise Retirement Party Lopez told KWTV that she is most excited to be able to vote in future elections. "I have never before voted in my life," she said, "so this is really important for me because the vote is democracy." Catch People (the TV show!) Monday through Friday. Check your local listings for exact times or stream the show every day at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT at People.com and PeopleTV.com.