I am the mom of a current ND freshman - also from Tennessee, also a Catholic school grad(FRHS in Nashville). I think the real key for you is getting that ACT score to a 33 if you can do it. I believe the average ACT for the class of 2013 was 32.6 and I expect it to be even higher for the class of 2014. Since you are taking a prep class and retaking the ACT, that's a great next step. Have you met the ND admissions rep for TN yet - is she coming to your school this fall? If not, she will be doing a presentation in the theater at FRHS at 6:30 p.m. CST on Sept. 29th and it's open to anyone who is interested(more info on the ND admissions website about that). I know that's a school night and a long drive from Knoxville, but just wanted to mention it. Meeting her and having her put a name with a face is helpful. They really like passion at ND - passion for sports, passion for the arts, passion for your faith, etc. - so show as much passion in our essay as you can. I think if you can get that ACT score up, you have a good chance.