Blue Chip Dinner

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  1. academy2014

    academy2014 New Member

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    Does anybody have more information on what it means to be invited to a Blue Chip Dinner hosted by a local chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni Association? The invitation said it was for outstanding candidates in the area. I live in a very competitive area.

    Are they usually sent to all the applicants that have their nominations or a LOA? Just wondering if means you have a pretty good chance of getting an appoinment. Thanks for your time and input.
     
  2. crs_mom

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    Are you being recruited ? Typically they refer to a recruited athlete as a "blue chip" or at least that has been my experience.
     
  3. academy2014

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    If I am being recruited I do not know it. At least no one from the academy has contacted me. However I am a very good athlete in my sports.
     
  4. attacklax17

    attacklax17 Prospective

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    Maybe they want you to talk with other athletes, because they want you to possibly be recruited? As said above, "Blue Chip" is used in sport recruiting camps meaning "cream of the crop" type players. Figures the only one I can call off my head is the Jake Reed Lacrosse camp.. ha.
    Call the Academy and ask what the dinner involves etc. But it can only be something good! :thumb:
     
  5. PositiveThinking

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    Academy2014- we attended a "Blue Chip Dinner" with our son last night. Were you there, too? The featured speaker was Capt. Klunder, the Commandant of Midshipmen. He said this is turning out to be the most competitive year yet for admissions - over 17,000 applications received so far. There were 50 candidates attending the dinner, and he said 20 of those had already been issued offers of appointment (LOAs maybe? I'm not sure). Our area represents a large geographic region and traditionally has many midshipmen accepted in each class. The highlight of the evening for our son was to meet and shake the hand of one of his personal heroes, Clint Bruce, class of '97, who played football for USNA, then went on to become a SEAL, and is now a successful businessman (featured in the Naval Academy Candidate Book). The speech he gave the candidates was wonderful! It was also very cool to see Roger Staubach walking around talking to all the candidates (another personal hero!). At the end of the dinner all the alumnae and current midshipmen came up to the front to sing Blue & Gold. It was so touching to see a frail old gentleman who graduated in the '40s singing along with such pride. It made us realize what a great honor it is to be a part of the USNA family!
     
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    Yes we were there too. We were trying to figure out who gets these invitations and what it meant for chances of an appointment. Your right it was very cool evening.
     
  7. PositiveThinking

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    I'm hoping it's a good sign for your chances at an appointment. :thumb:
    Our son is not a recruited athlete, by the way.
     
  8. 1964BGO

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    In all probability it means that the Area Coordinator for the sector of your state in which you are located recommended you for an invitation based upon his/her assessment of your viability as a candidate. This is done in my area for a Candidate's Banquet in the spring as a means to get the candidates together with the midshipmen home at that time and to provide some additional insight into the Naval Academy and the admissions process. Congratulations on being selected!
     
  9. JHORNET44

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    PositiveThinking,
    You said that Capt. Klunder said it has turned out to be the most competitive year for admission. Over 17,000 applications. Do you know if that is 17,000 people who began the application process and may not have finished, or 17,000 who completed the entire application process?

    Thanks.
     
  10. PositiveThinking

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    I'm not sure - Capt. Klunder just said "17,000 applications", but my guess would be that he meant applications opened, not completed. Maybe someone else on here has more information???
     

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