I’ve known that I wanted to go into nursing since the third grade, but I didn’t know for what. Then last year in Mrs. Hayes’s class we talked a lot about genetics. I was really into it, and at the same time I was doing different testing and genetic therapy before being diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or CMT last summer. I was really into all the different procedures and did my research. I decided I wanted to go into genetic nursing.  I want to be able to help kids; there is a lot more with kids struggling with it. I want to help them be able to learn what they can do and how to overcome stuff. There are special counseling things that I’m going to be joining next summer for kids in Pittsburgh with CMT, arthritis, and all of that. I could be a counselor and help them to overcome its challenges.

Connor is member of McKeesport Area School District’s graduating class of 2025. He takes a full slate of AP classes and is currently working toward an Honors Diploma. Upon graduating, he will have been in the Penn State Talent Search Program for seven years. Connor is currently a member of NHS, secretary for the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and competes for the speech and debate teams including a trip to state’s last year. During his sophomore year he was also junior editor of the Red and Blue Newspaper. Much of Connor’s time is spent in the music department and he can be found in the musical cast, orchestra (viola section captain) concert choir, a cappella choir, and show choir ensembles. Outside of school he regularly volunteers his time with the McKeesport Little Theater. After graduation, Connor plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a nursing degree and hopes to specialize in genetics.