Received an email today via my DS's school - here is what caught my eye... The number of applications received so far this year by this office are significantly lower than in prior years. Although the academies are also reflecting a drop in total applications, I suspect that some students are only applying through the Presidential and Senate categories. Since we work so closely with the Senate offices, it proportionately increases a student’s chances of receiving a nomination if they apply through all available sources. Any assistance that you could provide in encouraging your students who live in the 11th Congressional District to also apply to our office would be greatly appreciated. My question immediately was - are the Academies in fact receiving fewer applications? What is this based on? And interesting how the congressional office is reaching out through the high school for more applications.