Diana Parra (center) of Bogotá, Colombia, spent the school year studying in Morris. Her host parents, Jill and Terry Dybdal, hoped that Diana could help their children, Brienna and Dane, learn more about Colombia. The Dybdals adopted Dane from Colombia in 2009.

Colombian exchange student bridges cultures


MORRIS – The first thing most people think about when they hear Diana Parra is from Colombia is drugs and narcotics trafficking.

But Diana, a foreign exchange student in Morris this year, wants people to know that there is more to Colombia, and that people shouldn't be nervous to travel there.

“I talk about that kind of thing when I have the opportunity,” said Diana. “I wish they could have a different perspective about Colombia. It's my country and it's not like that.”

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune.