I'm currently awaiting the USMMA's decision on offering me an appointment or not. I received a 3.6 GPA and 1700 SAT in high school (graduated 2013), volunteered for several organizations, most notably at our local VA Hospital, I'm currently the team leader in the social media department for a national draft for Dr. Ben Carson for president, I was the founder and president of a club at my high school, and I'm currently attending community college while working part time and getting my private pilot's license. Those are the things I put down on my application for the most part. My main question is: do I have a better chance of receiving an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy if I'm from the West Coast (California)? I know the competition is pretty stiff if you're from New York, but I'm not sure about here. My liaison officer told me that they were trying to get for applicants from the west coast. Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks!