Valentina Tobon attended high school in Iwata, Japan, as an exchange student during the 2013-14 academic year. Among other subjects, she studied Japanese history and Japanese calligraphy. She also was taught to play the koto, a traditional stringed instrument. Tobon graduated earlier this year from Stuarts Draft High School in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and is now enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College. Tobon was born in Colombia and came to the United States with her family as a child.