This is most likely my last post to the forum. Our son is now a varsity baseball plebe at the USNA [Class of 2018]. As I read all of the desperate questions seeking the magic combination of academics and personal qualities that will somehow unlock the door to admission into this prestigious institution, I can only reflect our son's journey last year. In our reflection of the "process", it is obvious that all you can do..."is do your best in your academics, leadership, athletics, volunteering, etc". After all of those "best" achievements...It really is up to the admissions board to evaluate all of those attributes versus the USNA needs. Then, you wait along with all of the extremely highly qualified applicants to see if your son or daughter had the right combination of all those wonderful achievements. It is a humbling experience that still makes the extraordinary process very special. Our son was one of the 1,192 out 17,989 that got his dream "college". He was all-in with no backup place in mind. He didn't have off-the-chart standardized test scores. He was, and is, a very driven young man who is now answering his "Call to Serve". I will tell you that this special place will take your son or daughter from a child to an adult..... overnight. As a parent, you will cry from the immense amount of pride that overwhelms you. As a dad and one that seldom cries, I am incredibly proud of "his" achievement. There is much more to see as he continues on. It has not been easy. For me or mom...or him. This place takes a ton of commitment and perseverance. The Plebes are drinking from a "fire hose" right now. They are learning so much each day. It makes me tired just following his daily schedule. Again, I am writing my last post as an encouragement to all to continue asking many questions on this forum. It was a place that we spent many hours over the past 18 months. The members are outstanding. Good Luck to ALL!! Go Navy Beat Army!!