It would seem that Liisa Vanttinen is a typical 17-year-old student at a typical American high school. The 17-year-old junior starts for the Avonworth High School girls basketball team, and she enjoys her classes.
But, there is at least one thing that differentiates Liisa from her classmates: she is an exchange student from Helsinki, Finland, who will head back home after she completes the school year.
"I applied for the program about a year ago (through American Field Service)," said Vanttinen, who is spending the school year with Patty and Lloyd Corder of Ben Avon. She's a second-generation foreign exchange student as her mother spent a year in Boston when she was in high school.
Vanttinen had no idea where she'd spending her year in the United States when she was accepted for the program, but she's pleased that she was able to go to school at Avonworth.