Am I on the right track?

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  1. Zimmermann 45

    Zimmermann 45 Member

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    I have been wanting to apply to one of the service academies for a long time (currently a sophomore in High School) and I have had conflicting reports on whether or not I was on the right track to being a good candidate from my parents, my guidance counselor, and cadets who have visited my school. I was hoping that someone reading this thread would be able to answer this question or give some recommendations on what to do.

    Here is where I stand:
    GPA: 3.65 (unweighted) 3.72 (weighted)
    Sports: Varsity Football (1s), Winter Track (2s), Track and Field (1s)
    Clubs: Wounded Warrior Project Club (will be president next year) and Jewish Culture Club
    Public Speaking: A member of schools Model U.N. Team
    Etc:
    Former Boy Scout
    Lifeguard
    220 hours of community service with the YMCA
    I also plan on taking 2 AP courses and 5 Honors courses next year.

    I have not taken the SAT's yet (I have taken the PSAT's but my scores have not arrived) but my schools average is 1750.

    Thank You to all who reply
     
  2. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    Are you working to improve your grades, test scores, PT scores, public speaking, knowledge of West Point and the Army, and be a leader among your peers everyday? If so, you're on the right track.
     
  3. stella

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    Former Boy Scout

    Re: Former Boy Scout

    Did you complete your Eagle Scout? If not, what level were you at when you left scouts and would you be able to re-join and finish Life scout and at least start working on Eagle by your application?

    From all accounts on this board and other places, an Eagle Scout is nice to have. If you stopped scouting short of that, they may wonder why and it might be better not to include it.

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  4. Zimmermann 45

    Zimmermann 45 Member

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    I did not become an Eagle Scout. I left the Boy Scouts a few years back when I moved to a different area, but I do believe I would be able to rejoin.
     
  5. dunninla

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    Agree about Boys State, and re-engaging in scouts but only if it allows you to progress to start your Eagle Scout process in time to put that on your app. Otherwise, just list the level you achieved and that stopped when your family moved.

    Another thing is the summer 1 week programs at each academy. USMA's is called Summer Leaders Seminar, and USNA's is called Summer Seminar. It is a competitive application process. I think applications open in Jan 2013 for June 2013. Here is the link to the USMA program: http://www.usma.edu/admissions/SitePages/Summer.aspx
     
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  6. Zimmermann 45

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    After some research it turns out that One of my towns local churches actually does have a Boy Scout troop and I will be getting further information from them soon.
     
  7. xenarian

    xenarian Cadet, Class of 2015

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    Yep, that Eagle Scout is a big boost.
     
  8. navygirl89

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    Work on maintaining/ improving your GPA, don't stop any of the sports, and keep participating in all extracurriculars.
    Rejoin the Boyscouts, because they definitely like seeing that on applications, but don't let it affect other aspects of your life (ie: community service, academics, athletics etc.)

    And look at the class of '16 stats that they posted on their website that will give you insight into the kinds of extracurriculars they look at as well as a guideline for what SAT/ACT you should be aiming for.
     

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