Montanna Owens is spending her junior year studying in Bosnia-Herzegovina. With the help of the American Field Service (AFS) and the support of her family and her teachers, Owens raised the thousands of dollars needed for her trip, and left last September to begin her life-changing journey.
She has been studying and living in Sarajevo, Bosnia, learning the language and soaking up the culture there.
Last week, she was featured on Sarajevo's evening news about her experience as an exchange student.
"Bosnia is a small country with a big heart." Owens explained, when asked why she chose to come there. "Most students don't choose to come to countries such as these because they don't know about the country, but I was like, "Why not take a chance?"
Her foreign language teacher, Karen Strossner, says she is beyond proud of this student who takes chances.
"Montanna is halfway through her AFS year in Sarajevo and earned a “B” average in her first semester of school there. She is taking French, Latin, and Italian (all taught in Bosnian) in addition to math and history. Students in Bosnia have the whole month of January off from school, so she is spending a lot of time with her Bosnian friends. What an awesome representation of Conway High School!"