Summer of culture

Colleen Ryan, a Butler High School graduate, poses in Venice during her summer tour abroad.

Colleen Ryan, a graduate of Butler High School and Matthews resident, has spent her summer abroad, traveling and exploring different cultures of the world.

The senior at University of South Carolina is taking summer classes at John Cabot University in Rome. Prior to her Rome adventure, Ryan opted to take another summer course lead by a South Carolina professor in Tanzania, Africa, where she took part in an African safari, visited local tribes and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with five others, during a grueling six-day trip.

Also through her summer adventure, Ryan visited Dubai, Paris and Venice. Ryan is the daughter of Bob and Donna Ryan of Matthews.

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