Am I on the right track as a Junior?

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  1. Ectriso

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    I am looking into some feedback on if I am on the right course as a Junior. (I have read the admissions information on the forum).

    To start with, I am a junior in high school, I have over a 4.0 weighted GPA, captain of the girls varsity tennis team as a junior (unheard of in my school), varsity in javelin and discus, part of many clubs (couple of which I am on the board). By the end of my high school career I will be first singles in tennis for all four years and varsity track for three since I only started throwing sophomore year. I am also a member of the math honor society, will be part of the NHS, and hopefully spanish honor society.

    All of the classes since freshman year have been honors or AP (except electives that I had no choice) and I have maintained straight As (except for a B+ in honors english freshman year). I have not taken the SAT's yet, but am obviously planning on taking them a multiple of times this year, and will probably also take ACT.

    I did receive a not so great score: 650 verbal and 620 on math on the PSAT last year so it was not the official PSAT (shocking cause I'm a math and science person)

    My AP courses this year are: AP Biology, AP English, and AP History.

    Next year I am hoping to take AP English, AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC, and AP Chemistry, but it depends on scheduling cause it is really bad in my school. For example, I was stuck with taking Child Development this year. It makes me feel like I'm being punished for taking honors courses.

    In addition, I am also going to start a club in the near future called Aid For Military in order to raise funds and supply care packages for our military, and hopefully organize a way to have a discussion with some veterans at the school, etc.

    Finally, I have received a class rank for this year: 3/469. I do not know if this is a good rank comparable to other midshipman accepted. I belong to a public school in NJ where 99% of the class goes on to either a 4 year or 2 year college (not sure if that means anything).

    Thank you in advance for any replies. I also apologize for the long post.
     
  2. quick

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    As a senior in high school who has just finished applying and who has taken basically the same courses you took (All AP and Honors) and received about the same grades, I think you are right on track. Keep up the hard work and always challenge yourself between academics, sports, clubs, and volunteer work, they like to see this. My BGO likes that I have done the same because this balancing act is an integral part of Academy life. Bit of advice though, start training for the CFA now. It might be a bit harder than you expect. Run, do pull ups and push ups as much as possible as 75 push ups and 18 pull ups are not easy. Also, look to take an SAT prep course, it helps. Other than that you're doing great, don't screw anything up. O and one other thing, look for a lot of leadership positions THIS IS HUGE.
     
  3. osdad

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    While nobody here can say anything for sure, it appears that you're not only on the right track you're well on your way. Get those SAT/ACT scores up into the 700's and you'll be even farther down the track.

    Apply to NASS on the day apps open.

    Do you want to play tennis at the NA? Have you contacted the coach? http://www.navysports.com/sports/w-tennis/navy-w-tennis-body.html

    You sound like the kind of kid the Academy is looking for; smart, athletic, involved. Good luck
     
  4. Ectriso

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    Thank you both for your replies.

    I am taking an SAT prep course before I take the SAT. I am a female and have already started preparing for the CFA and have been able to do 50 push ups but only 6 pull ups when I ran through the test.

    I do want to either play tennis or throw javelin at the academy, but I am unsure how I should go about contacting the coaches. I have found the coaches' emails from the Navy Athletics website, but I am unsure how I would like to make the initial contact. Any advice on what to include in the initial email?
     
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    6 pull-ups are nothing short of spectacular for a gal! NICE GOING!! Keep working. Try the ACT ...my own view is that it rewards hard workers more readily than SAT.
     
  6. Ectriso

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    Thank you for the reply Whistle Pig. Strength has always been my strong spot, it is running that I have been working diligently on. The last time I timed my mile (last spring) it was at 7:19. So, I am really trying to get to 6:30. Does you have any advice on what to include in an initial email to the women's tennis and women's track and field coaches?

    Thank you.
     
  7. Whistle Pig

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    On your running, consult a running coach at your HS or nearbye ....do intervals ...sprinting quarters, walking, sprinting, etc. I've no particular insight to communicating w/ these coaches beyond NOT making initial contact via e-mail. I'd put together written information first and asking how you may proceed in their recruitment process. Give them your contacts ...phone, email, cell phone, etc. Make it easy.
     
  8. Ectriso

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    Thank you for the running tips. Regarding the coaches for recruitment, are you saying that I should write them a letter giving them my contacts? I am sorry if this might seem stupid, but I have never done this before and do not want to mess this up.

    Thank you.
     
  9. 2012mom?

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    Ectriso: As others have said, it sounds as though you are well underway in your preparation to apply. Your academic standing, athletics and CFA scores all look outstanding. It's also great that you are preparing in advance for the SAT.

    You asked about contacting Navy coaches. My daughter did that at about this during either her junior or senior year in HS. She simply wrote an email to the coach. If you want to do something more formal than that, www.navysports.com should have a recruitment form that you can fill out with your qualifications (if you haven't filled it out already). I am NOT an expert on NCAA guidelines, but I am reasonably sure that it is fine for you to initiate contact with coaches at any time. They, however, might be limited in their ability to get back in contact with you. Your HS coach should be able to help you figure out those details.

    You also made a comment about your HS being one from which a high percentage of students go on to college. While your class rank would be outstanding in any case, coming from a competitive HS makes it an even greater accomplishment. USNA (and many colleges) do consider a HS's demographics when they evaluate your package.

    I, too, encourage you at apply for NASS as soon as the application opens. My daughter had a great time during her first week at USNA. It solidified her decision that Navy was (and is) the right place for her.

    If you have not yet done so, you might find it useful to check out the web pages of your US Senators and US Representative. They should have points of contact for making application for Service Academy nominations, and they may list their application deadlines. Some Members of Congress (MOCs) sponsor Academy days, when representatives of the various Academies come to make presentations and/or answer questions of potential applicants, and their web site might list such dates as well. If your MOCs are changing based on this election, it would be better to wait until the new Members take office.

    Best of luck to you.
     
  10. Ectriso

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    Wait, so should I do email, mail, or maybe both? Would this be the proper email/letter to send?

    Dear Coach (First and Last name),

    My name is ____ and I would like to thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself.

    I have been playing tennis since 2003, and I have been first singles of my school's varsity tennis team since 2008. Now as a high school junior, it is time for me to review my options for playing tennis in college. I am extremely interested in attenting the United States Naval Academy. As soon as NCAA rules permit, I would appreciate information on how to proceed in your recruitment process.

    Sincerely,


    Contact Information:
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  11. osdad

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    I would start off with the recruiting questionnaire that's on the NA Sports site. Then send an email to the coach as you've done above. I'd add that you have completed the questionnaire and I'd include a resume that includes your academic and athletic credentials. You do have one, right? I'm going to send you a PM.
     
  12. 1964BGO

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    Basically your credentials look pretty good for a junior. Personally I would recommend you get started on taking both the SAT and ACT at least once in the near future; the exams are structured and evaluated differently and often students find one is more generous than the other for them. You will discover that several entities will want to see your scores on these exams.

    I would recommend you get your coach's permission to be your contact person for the tennis coach at USNA and include that information in your letter/email.

    Keep your focus on the courses recommended by USNA.

    Best wishes to you.
     
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    BTW, if you search some of the previous threads in this forum you will find some that have dealt specifically in prepping for the CFA. They may provide you with some strategies that will help you max it.

    Again, best wishes.
     
  14. Ectriso

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    Thank you for the response, I have a SAT prep class scheduled and an ACT book to study. I plan on taking both of them at least twice. :thumb:
     

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