Danville-New London cross country runner Ivana Lajznerova, a foreign exchange student at New London High School, is shown Tuesday, Oct. 6, near Danville High School prior to the start of her cross country practice.

NEW LONDON — Ivana Lajznerova is effortless to spot on the cross state training course. Her effervescent smile, extended blonde ponytailed hair and lengthy strides established her aside from the crowd.

Lajznerova can’t assistance but smile. At a time when the United States appears to be to be ripping aside at the seams with political strife, which has divided the nation, and the on-heading COVID-19 pandemic, which has turned modern society into a faceless mass of men and women hidden driving masks, there is no other place in the world Lajznerova would rather be than The united states.

Lajznerova, a senior overseas trade pupil at New London Superior School, is making the most of her time in the U.S. She has witnessed lots of hardships in her time in her homeland of the Czech Republic, the place she life in Liberec, a city of 104,000 individuals. She is the 2nd-oldest in a loved ones of 9. Her mom, Petra Lajznerova, has been divorced two times. And the COVID-19 limitations in her homeland are rigorous, to say the the very least.