Anna is the daughter of Brian
and Heather McCarron Tinneny of Chalfont, Pennsylvania. While a student
at Pennridge high school in Perkasie, Pennsylvania she applied and was
accepted to participate in an academic exchange program which allowed
her to complete her junior year of secondary school in Spain September
2016 through June 2017.
While in Spain, she lived and
attended public school in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid which also happens
to be the hometown of the famous author Miguel de Cervantes. She lived
with a “wonderful host family” and two younger host sisters.
Anna had always dreamt of
living and studying abroad to truly experience Europe through the lens
of a European. Another reason she chose to go to Spain was that she
hopes to work in linguistic anthropology one day, so she wanted to gain
fluency in as many languages as possible. While on the exchange program
she had the opportunity to visit Granada, Madrid, Morocco, Salamanca,
Portugal, and Italy.
She says the experience
taught her so much about what the world has to offer and helped her
Anna is the great-great-great
granddaughter of Patrick
“Yankee Pat” and Margaret Tinneny of Goladuff, Newtownbutler, County
Fermanagh, Northern Ireland; Greenock, Scotland and Philadelphia,