Having Problem Getting Error in DS Athletic Records Corrected

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  1. Future2LtMom

    Future2LtMom Member

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    Our DS recently completed his third year of cross country and it was his third year receiving a varsity letter. At the end of each season, the coaches host a banquet and awards ceremony for the athletes. At this year's banquet, they gave our son a certificate showing that it was his 2nd year receiving his varsity letter, NOT his 3rd. My son immediately informed the coaches of the error and they told him they would get their records and his certificate fixed. To date, it has not been fixed. DS has tried to follow up several times with both the assitant coach, as well as the head coach, but to no avail. I finally decided to get involved and sent the head coach a friendly email letting him know that DS was getting ready to start the application process for an AROTC scholarship and that the military was going to verify EVERYTHING in our son's application. He has yet to directly respond to my email, but stopped DS in the hallway at school and told him that his mother was worrying about nothing. He said that no college is going to want to see an actual piece of paper (I guess he didn't read the part about it being the military that was verifying this information, not a college). Anyway, should I keep pushing on this issue, or am I worrying about nothing?
     
  2. USMCGrunt

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    For what it is worth, I don't remember any "fact checking" on my DS' application. May be forgetting it, but just don't remember.

    Depending on the scholarship being pursued, you will need teacher/ counsellor, coach letters of recommendations. If a coach is used, he could make sure to cite the number of varsity letters in his letter.

    As far as the attitude being displayed (and the disregard of the student's feelings) that is another matter.
     
  3. philmont

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    I wouldn't worry about it either. Usually it's the high school guidance counselor that will verify his file. If it is ever questioned your son can explain what happened.
     
  4. cajuncarrier

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    Correction

    Yes!!! DS just completed the process and received a 4yr AROTC scholarship.

    Once he completed the forms online, he DID have to print it and have the principal or school counselor sign for verification. Then we scanned it and emailed to CC.

    So, I would definitely follow up.. First I would go to the coach personally. If that doesn't work, go to the athletic director, then the counselor, then finally the principal.

    The point is: not that colleges don't verify (some do, depending on the situation) it's the fact that DS worked for that letter and deserves the recognition and acknowledgement.

    It may make a difference on many things such as other scholarships (colleges, locally), school recognition, placement in graduating class (athletically) or awards. Our school gives an award to the athletes that compete/lettered in three or more sports. These students then compete for the highest athletic award where one boy & girl are recognized as the Vikings of the Year. This is the biggest honor athletically. There is even a small local scholarship that is given to one of these athletes. So, YES it does make a difference.

    Do it!! Just think of all those miles your son put in.. Would he say that about a football player?

    Good luck and keep us informed.
     
  5. Future2LtMom

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    You have no idea how badly I would like to say something! But, due to the politics involved, I don't want to take a chance of messing up DS chances of becoming varsity captain next year. I just have to bite my tongue and move on. :thumbdown:
     
  6. Future2LtMom

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    Thanks for the input everyone! I greatly appreciate it! I'll wait and see if we get a response in the near future. If not, I'll contact the athletic director.
     
  7. philmont

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    Good luck! I hope he makes Captain; that will help his application.
     
  8. Jcleppe

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    Cadet command will send your son a form that lists everything that he listed as far as EC's and athletics. This is what the school counselor/advisor will need to sign. As long as the high school counselor can varify the 3 years of Varsity your son should be just fine. Cadet Command will not ask to see any school issued certificates, basically they take the word of the advisor.

    Does seem like the coah should correct the mistake, I remember my son when he was a senior they had the banquet for Cross Country, they gave a gift to the seniors that had been on the team all 4 years. When my son was up with the rest of the seniors the coach gave the gift to 2 other students then told my son thanks for being on the team for 3 years. My son had a strange look on his face and said "Hey coach I've been on the team 4 years, I even went to State my first year" They actually had to look at their records to confirm while everyone else in the room just shook their heads. Gotta wonder about these coaches sometimes.
     
  9. Future2LtMom

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    That is hilarious (in hindsight, of course)! :shake:
     
  10. philmont

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    Gotta wonder about these coaches sometimes.

    My son's first year in XC he was awarded a trophy at the banquet for most improved. Upon handing him the trophy the coach accidentally dropped and broke it. Oh, so sorry I will replace it, she said. It was never replaced. But it was no big deal...He went on to be Varsity team captain junior and senior year. At his senior year banquet he was awarded team MVP and his trophy with his name on it was a 'girl' statue runner. And the girl MVP got the guy trophy. Well, her name was Wesley, but still. (Same coach) :)
     
  11. Future2LtMom

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    OK -- now I know what I can do for a new career! I'm going to travel around the country and interview high school kids and their families about the crazy (and frustrating) things that happened to the students while in high school. I can write a book about it and it'll be a HUGE hit! I can make a mint! :shake:
     
  12. Pima

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    Just wait until next yr with the boards and admissions. Than you will truly make a mint traveling the country and explaining the ROTC system and admissions. Now if he is applying for an SA...well than you can become Bill Gates when he finishes the process.

    A long, long time ago on this site we all use to joke about how the only way to survive as a parent was crack a bottle of wine or a beer...and that if we had been smarter we would have invested in alcohol companies.:biggrin: At lest we were pumping up the bottom line of our investment!:shake:
     
  13. kinnem

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    OK. I have to ask. What's your son's name?

    My first name is Morgan. More than once when I was meeting someone who already knew my name I was told they were expecting a woman. Although Morgan was a male name when I was a kid the girl's have definitely taken it over.

    Sounds like a mis-communication from the coach or a trophy engraver's error to me.
     
  14. philmont

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    Andy. It was probably both coach miscommunication (not specifying guy/girl MVP) and trophy engraver's error. I guess the trophy engraver
    had 50-50 odds with names like Andy and Wesley. The coach offered to have the names corrected but the kids thought it funny and liked the memento as is. Besides my son joked he would never get it back if he let his coach take it as she still owes him his most improved trophy from 4 years prior!
     
  15. Jcleppe

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    My older son ran in a big race in Spokane WA a few years ago, The Bloomsday Run 12K, about three weeks later he received in the mail a Gold Medal for 1st place in his age group, he thought it was odd because he was sure he didn't finish first.....it was the Female Age Group, he hung it on his wall.
     

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