Hello . . . my name is USNA2017Mom and I am a stalker. I have been reading the various forums for the last few years and have never posted. Why? To be honest, just by reading everyone's questions tended to answer all mine. For the last few years, I have read the posts regularly and reported the questions and answers to my family at the dinner table. I did not do this to be the typical "helicopter parent". Like most potential SA hopefuls and/or candidates my DS's other activities took priority to "cruising" the forums. I would pass on information that I thought would be helpful to him. Sometimes he followed it and sometimes he followed his own path or passion. Through this forum my DS fully realized the competition he would be facing and the current economic and political trends of the military. I have to admit that we, as a family, became very attached to LFry and were saddened with him last year when he did not receive his appointment. We also cheered like maniacs when he received a slot at the USAFA Prep school. (You would have thought he was a long lost cousin!) I wanted to take this opportunity to comment on the wonderful people that post answers on this forum. The kindness, support, and sometimes proverbial kick in the butt have been informative and extremely helpful. The posters like Pima, Christcorp and many others who continually answer questions (many times the same questions) over and over with such patience that would even have tried Job. My DS ecstatically received his appointment to USNA this past weekend (Presidential). It motivated me to join and post so that we, my family, could thank you. (Also, I know as soon as anyone posts that they received an appointment or LOA there is an increase in anxiety among parents and candidates.) I was hoping that by posting in the community introduction that this post would be taken for what it is meant--a very appreciative and gracious thank you.