Priory Senior Connor Donnelly Scores Perfect 36 on ACT
Connor Donnelly is what’s known in Hollywood parlance as a “triple threat,” only he’s even more diverse than most actors. The athlete and performer now boasts a perfect 36 ACT score that represents his ability as a student.
This fall, Connor added the captain’s “C” to his football jersey, leading the team in addition to his duties as wide receiver and safety. He’ll trade in the jersey after this season and don costumes for the stage, hoping for a role in Priory’s next production: "Kiss Me Kate." He has starred in a variety of Priory productions, including as Tommy Diljas in "The Music Man" (freshman year), Bud Frump in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (sophomore year), and Joe Hardy in "Damn Yankees" (junior year). He’s also hit the stage with the Arch City Theater Troupe, performing in "Live in Living Color!" and "The Story of Tonight."
Connor loves music, and can often be found singing at the all-school Masses and Wednesday prayer assemblies. This year, he started the Music Club for seniors interested in continuing with vocal music and performing at Mass, the annual choral concert on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and at the Spring Concert. He also plays classical guitar, and is a member of St. Louis Bella Corda, an ensemble that performs around the Midwest.
Even with school and sports and performing, Connor manages to hold down a couple of part-time jobs. He’s a “rent-a-prince” with Enchanted Events, appearing as characters at children’s birthday parties, and he sings in church choirs on Sundays.
The first time he took the ACT, Connor scored a 32. He thought he could do better, so he worked with a tutor for four weeks before sitting for the test again. He worked through problem after problem, and his persistence paid off with a perfect score of 36. He wants to study computer science after high school, and his ACT score should help pave the way to college of his choice.