Last of the Class 2017

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  1. GreyHogs

    GreyHogs Member

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    I just had to share our story.

    I have a daughter in class of 2015 and my father, brother, sister, and brother in law are all grads. My son applied to WP this year and we knew he would on the bubble. Back in March, our local Liaison was told that my son was getting an appointment. Even though he was 6th in our district, none of the 5 ahead of him were going for one reason or another so he was actually going through as Primary even ranked 6th. It appeared the stars had just really lined up for him. About this time, we also learned he had been awarded a scholar award (full scholarship) to a very prestigious Prep school for a Post Grad year...The Liaison and I knew of the imminent appointment WP but did not share with him.

    We waited patiently, but no appointment came week after week for about 3 weeks. Finally, we received a letter advising us that he was on the NWL. All of us were very confused, and all we were able to deduce was that they decided not to put through the #6 as the Primary vacancy so they could give spot to possibly a higher qualified candidate from NWL. This certainly seemed unfair to our state as we technically sort of lost a spot. A week after the NWL, sometime in April, we got a 'qualified not admitted' letter....leaving all of us even more confused! But, with the Prep school offer, I was thinking it wasn't meant to be and it would've be so hard thing to turn down their full scholarship offer even for a WP appointment. So, we were in full Prep school mode, and thrilled with the opportunity.

    Monday of this week, June 17, I awoke at 8am to find an impersonal and somewhat brash email to my son (that I assumed was part of a mass email) telling him he needed to logon to his portal and accept or reject his appointment or it would be withdrawn! My first and only reaction was anger as I thought someone had sent this by mistake maybe due to all the strange things in March and that somehow WP's system showed he had been offered an appointment when he hadn't. I then logged onto the portal and saw the 4 Admissable mailings and the huge list of requirements which had just been posted that morning! Before we could even stop reeling, the phone rang and a voice on the other end abruptly told my son he needed to accept or decline immediately. When the person that called realized his confusion she said, "You did receive a call from your Senator last week, right?" To which he answered, "Um, I just received an email about an hour ago...." And, she said, "Oh, well I sent that email and the indication was you had been notified last week..." The BFE arrived hours later, and we've since learned, not surprisingly, he is #1204 and the last appointment in the entire country.

    Our first reaction honestly was not elation or excitement but confusion and angst! With R day exactly 2 weeks away, and this news completely unexpected, switching gears was difficult and having our mindsets 100% in Prep School mode made this mental transition very hard to process. My son took about a day to quietly think about everything and woke up Tuesday, logged into his portal and accepted the last offer to round out the class of 2017. Oh, and my daughter's CLDT assignment this summer, is none other than a squad leader for Beast 1st detail, so know one is as thrilled as she is, anxiously awaiting his arrival!

    His admissions journey makes no sense at all, but seems like a bit of fate was in play here in the path carved out for him. Good Luck to all the incoming 2017s and their families. Having grown up at WP myself, and attended Rday rehearsal as a kid, and witnessed a countless number of Rday Parades, most notably my daughters 2 summers ago, I can tell you nothing can prepare you for the emotion of that day. But, it will be one of the most memorable, and exciting days of your whole life when you see these kids transformed in one day. Deep breaths!!! :smile:
     
  2. EagleScout13

    EagleScout13 USMA Class of 2017

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    What a confusing and complicated turn of events, but it seems as of the final goal was reached nonetheless. Congratulations.
     
  3. mom3boys

    mom3boys Parent

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    How exciting (and stressful, etc, etc)! Please stop by the GA table on RDay and say hello!
     
  4. GoBlue1984

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    GreyHogs,

    Congratulations! What a journey and you must be so proud. How confusing and how the emotions must have swung over the last 3 months. To expect something then not hear, then to hear No, then to get that email - how confusing... Rest assured this must be the plan for your son or that call would never had come.
     
  5. hmza

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    Congratulations

    GreyHogs,

    A memorable journey to become part of the Long Grey Line! Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

    I do not envy the task your DS has in front of him to complete the requirements on the portal but all the loose ends will come together.

    DS fellow USMA 2017!
     
  6. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

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    Oh my - what a story!
    Congratulations to your DS! :thumb:
     
  7. tug_boat

    tug_boat Member

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    Thank You!

    Wow, thank you for sharing your ordeal. I hope for the best for you and your family as he joins Class of 2017

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  8. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    Not to take anything away from your son, but wasn't the goal for class size this year 1050 to 1100?
     
  9. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

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    No
     
  10. Turn28

    Turn28 West Point Class of 2017

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    Wow! That I quite the story. I look forward to meeting your DS!
     
  11. jrobertschmidt

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    Simply incredible. What a journey. After our DS received his QNS, we poured all efforts into plan B (3 year AD at Oregon State). We've met with the cadre in preparation of the Fall term; he's met his new roommate (also a ROTC scholarship kid), and orientation and registration for Fall classes is this coming Monday. I cannot imagine then getting such last minute word on an appointment. What a hard choice that would be. Hats off to your DS for taking the time to make his decision, and the very best luck to him and your family.
     
  12. MO-KonMOM'17

    MO-KonMOM'17 New Member

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    Congrats to your family and your son. We went through a similar situation but about a week before yours. Good luck in this last week. We found out you can order the boots through the cadet store and they will overnight, if the size is available. Amazon had boot socks and liners available that we were able to get in < 5 business days. Fortunately, you had the admissables available immediately, that is a huge benefit!! Good luck!! Hopefully we will get to talk on R-day!!
     
  13. Flyboy522

    Flyboy522 USAFA 1986

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    Congrats! My head just exploded thinking about your next 2 weeks - keep us advised of your progress!
     

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