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Visiting Columbian student Laura Leon performs the dance “La Guaneña” Thursday at South Whidbey High School. In all, 33 students and four teachers were part of the presentation. - David Welton / The Record
Visiting Columbian student Laura Leon performs the dance “La Guaneña” Thursday at South Whidbey High School. In all, 33 students and four teachers were part of the presentation.
— image credit: David Welton / The Record

For the past week, 37 students and four teachers from Bogotá, Colombia sang, drummed and danced in the name of cultural understanding and international friendship at South Whidbey High School. The visitors educated students about their country in Spanish classes and at an assembly celebrating the colorful heritage of the South American country.

While they had plenty of fun experiencing genuine American high school culture — including a fire drill in 40 degree weather-— they never forgot their ambassadorial duties as they shared stories about their culture and educated locals about the political changes that have brought the country a long way since the mid-1990s.

On Thursday, they presented dances and music representing various celebrations and the famous Carnival to the community.

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