Alessia Barabani, upper left, then clockwise, Kianna, Katlin, Edna and Barry Knutson.
Alessia is here as part of a foreign exchange program due to her love of travel and interest in the English language. This 10-month program brought 190 Italian students who arrived in August and will be leaving in June. The group first stopped in New York - touring the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, and Fifth Avenue - before going to meet their host families.
Alessia is hosted by Barry and Edna Knutson and their two girls, Katlin and Kianna.
Back home, she has dad and mom, Danilo and Marv Barabani, and older brother, Andrea.