I know that the admissions process is next-to impossible to quantify or predict. I'm asking anyway, because I want to hear the thoughts of people more experienced in this realm (even if they can't give me an answer). ========== I'm a junior. GPA is and has been 3.5-3.7 throughout high school. I am homeschooled, so I have no real class rank. I take classes online (from accredited online schools such as Stanford Online High school) and I also take classes at community colleges. I received separate transcripts from all of these places which I then compile into a total HS transcript. ACADEMICS: I'm best in math/engineering classes and I want to study Ocean Engineering at the academy. I'm taking Ap Calc BC this year, and shooting for a 4+ on the exam. I'm also taking AutoCAD and engineering classes. I have always been ahead in math classes, with grades steadily increasing (from freshman to junior year) from B+, A-, to the A+ I currently have in this years math course. (I know Navy is big on math and science) EXTRACURRICULAR: I have been participating in debate and civics organization throughout high school. I have a particular focus on fundraising and rallying high school students behind a cause to raise money for charity. I have traveled extensively every summer in high school. I went to Nicaragua twice (for a labor-intensive, language-immersive service trip). I went to Cyprus once for a 3 week program studying green engineering, desalination, and solar power. I speak Spanish proficiently and am able to get by in a 100% Spanish environment. I also am a recipient of the Congressional Gold Award, which will afford me an opportunity to speak with, and take photos with, my congressman. SPORTS: I have rowed since 7th grade. I've competed at regional, state, and national competitions. For those familiar with the sport, I have good erg times for someone of my size (lightweight). I am generally in a leadership position within the boat, in a position where I must row, steer, and motivate/direct my rowers in the boat, all at once. (bow seat in sculling boats). I also serve as an occasional coach for middle-school and novice rowers; this involves driving a launch, managing 10-25 kids handling $30,000+ equipment, and general technique coaching. This sport, among other things, has shown me how to succeed as a team, and how to lose as a team. It has also taught me how to get up at 4:30 AM every day of summer vacation when other friends were just hitting the sack after a night of partying. I do not think I would pursue rowing as a varsity sport if I were to attend the academy. ================ None of my family members were in the navy. None of my (distant and immediate) family members went to a service academy. I am (as far as my experiences in high school) mentally hardy, and I do best in interviews where I can shake someone's hand and smile. Never been arrested or had any run-ins with authority. I could receive recommendations from coaches, teachers, peers, and other leaders from my high school career. So lets hear it, crush my dreams.