Anna Sophia Tinneny


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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 mature tremendously.

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, Pennsylvania, USA.