Academic All Star - Chris Donnelly

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 8, 2008 at 1:41 AM EDT

"I like to know what's going on."
And whether it's on the track or in the classroom, Walton's Chris Donnelly seems to always have the right answer. This future mechanical engineer tops his senior class with an average of 98.2.
Chris says, "I like having a definite answer, not trying to interpret what a certain passage means and what it's related to and everything."
In running, the goal is quite simple as well. Beat the opponents and beat the clock. Chris specializes in the mile and is even part of the school-record setting 3200 meter relay team. He's also one of the track team's leaders, even if his leadership methods are a little different.

His coach John McClenon says, "Like some smart kids, he's kind of quirky in a way but you got to know the kid to really like him, you can't dislike him. He's just a beautiful kid to work with."
Beautiful at least on the inside... You see, this past soccer season, Chris and an opponent were going for the same ball. They got there at the same time.
"It was like the last couple minutes and we just both went for the same ball and it was against Unatego and the kid that collided with me got cut up here and it split my eyebrow open to the bone."
17 stitches later, Chris was good as new and back to work in search of the right answer and arriving at the finish line first. That attitude is what makes Chris Donnelly this week's Academic All Star. In Walton, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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