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  1. Pwcoyote

    Pwcoyote HS Senior. USMA 2019

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    Hello Forum Folk! I was hoping to offer a basic profile of myself and get any advice/feedback I can. I am going into Junior year

    Academic
    Unweighted GPA: 3.83
    Weighted GPA: 4.33
    Class Rank (compared to Graduated Seniors): Approx. Top 10th Percent
    ACT: Not taken Yet (receiving tutoring), scored a 27 on the Pre-ACT plan test earlier this year with a predicted composite score of 29-33 without tutoring
    SAT: Not taken Yet (receiving tutoring)
    Going on 3 Years of Latin Language
    Awarded for placing on the National Latin Exam
    National Latin Honor Society 2-going-on-3 year member

    Athletic
    HS Football: 2 years with intent to go all 4, Middle Backer
    HS Track: 1 year with intent to go 3 total, One Mile/ Distance
    HS Debate (Considered a sport by state of Arizona): 1 year with intent to go 3 total, Novice-soon-to-be-Varsity

    Leadership
    Community Service Hours: 350+
    HS Teenage Republicans Club: President
    City of Scottsdale Mayor's Youth Council
    City of Scottsdale Public Library Teen Advisory Board
    Soon-to-be-Attendee of the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security
    Vice Chairman of the Arizona Branch of the National Teenage Republicans
    City of Scottsdale Public Library Summer Volunteer
    Campaign Manager/ Board of Campaign Directors for a Phoenix City Council Candidate
    Boy's Team Charity Member
    Possibly going to be on my Congressman's Constituent Service Team
     
  2. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    See below in underline, italic and bold:

     
  3. Pwcoyote

    Pwcoyote HS Senior. USMA 2019

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    Thanks. I can surely get my SAT and ACT to be in a good range. My class load is almost entirely Honors. As for debate, I know WP doesn't consider it a sport, but it still doesn't hurt to have it. As for team captaincy, most likely not going to happen. As for pay to attend programs, it still couldn't hurt to list it.
    Lastly, my work with the GOP helps, yes/no? They are fairly hefty leadership positions.
     
  4. Dixieland

    Dixieland Member

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    Do you plan to take AP classes? Honors classes are good, but if your school offers AP classes, you need to challenge yourself by taking some AP classes. JMHO
     
  5. Grizzly

    Grizzly Member

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    Did you mean that West Point does NOT rate pay-to-attend programs highly? I am assuming that it's just a typo, but I'm curious to know, because I have been planning on pursuing some of these same types of programs, thinking they'd help my app.
     
  6. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    For the love of god, read the "what are my chances" thread.

    If you read through the last 50 of theses threads, you'll notice that they all give roughly the same advice based on info in that thread. Learn to read critically and look for answers on your own before asking someone else. That's a skill that will serve you well
     
  7. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    sorry, typo. does NOT rate highly.
     
  8. Grizzly

    Grizzly Member

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    Thanks for clarification!:thumb:
     
  9. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    Hi,

    Your work with a political group will have little objective weight in the application process.

    Activities such as Class President, Varsity Team Captain, Varsity Letter winner, Boys State, Eagle Scout, National Award Winner (not based on a test score) will significantly affect your Whole Candidate Score as they receive an objective score. To a lesser extent, club president will objectively add to your score.

    Activities such as political group participation, volunteer activities, etc. will be subjectively evaluated.

    Since you have many activities that could be subjectively evaluated by Admissions, I recommend that you send in a one page resume with your application. The West Point Candidate Activities Report (CAR) is geared to your selecting from lists of activities. Sending in the 1 Page resume will help the admissions office to give you additional points. Send this in when you complete your online CAR. Again, 1 page. Most admissions officers handle 2000-3000 files a year.

    PS. Just a word of advice on Service Academy Forums (SAF) etiquette. When you present your stats and ask for feedback and then respond to feedback with how you won't be able to achieve what the feedback said, you open yourself to be flamed by other posters (See BigBear's post). If you weren't open to changing your activities and appear to instead just be looking to receive affirmation that your current course is current, you shouldn't have come to the forums. Saying statements like, "As for debate, I know WP doesn't consider it a sport, but it still doesn't hurt to have it. As for team captaincy, most likely not going to happen. As for pay to attend programs, it still couldn't hurt to list it" appears flippant.

    Good luck during the process:thumb:
     
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  10. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    Other colleges might look upon them favorably, but not West Point.
     
  11. Soccer Guy

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    :thumb: I got tired of seeing these kinds of threads pop up before I even started my application!
     
  12. Pkirk618

    Pkirk618 Retired Army

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    You can certainly say were active in junior politics without throwing support either way.

    Hey soccer guy, what are my chances :) ?
     

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