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‘America became my new home,’ Italian exchange student said


'I LIKE TO LIVE IN AMERICA'- Elonora Libe and Aurelien Ali have been exchange students from Italy and Belgium, respectively at La Conner High School this year. Now graduated, they will soon be heading home. -Photo by Marissa Conklin

Even though Eleonora Libé got sick her first days here after what seemed to her an endless flight, she is living her dream since then over the last nine months.

The senior exchange student at La Conner High School turned 18 years old this April in Washington state, away from her family. This is the adventure she chose to live back in 2020, when she saw on social media other exchange students from her country in American schools. Stressed with Italian school and eager to travel and discover another culture, she convinced her hesitant parents to leave Italy for one year and attend an...

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