Naval academy help!?!

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Daddy_12, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Daddy_12

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    I am currently a sophomore at a highly regarded privet high school in Cleveland Ohio. And I really want to get into the Naval Academy more then anything else in the world. It is the begging of the school year and last year I ended with a 3.5. I know the is extremely low but this year I am really focused and am fore sure going to get at least a 3.8 un weighted because of my honors classes. I am currently playing 2 sports, Varsity lacrosse and Captain of JV hockey/ varsity hockey. I Am in the school news paper and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes going to be student ambassador and National Honors Society, I know The academy has FCA as well, I am also going to run for class president this year. Dose anybody have any advise for me in regards of clubs/ anything that will help me out. I also know I need good Act/Sat scores plus I do a lot of community service for my church.
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    Is Ohio a competitive state when it comes to getting into service academies?
    How should I go about getting my name into the academy as early as possible?
    And dose anybody have any tips for me?
    Thank you I will greatly appreciate and feedback!
     
  2. Daddy_12

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    Forgot to mention

    I forgot, the school is also a certified IB (international batchalloriate) program. I am not in the program, but I have mostly the same classes as they do
     
  3. Whistle Pig

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    First, congratulations for several readily apparent reasons including looking in a great direction for your future and none too soon nor late. And it's obvious that you are a stellar young man who comes from good stock and with parents who care enough to help you in your preparation for this next step and specifically in your research about what it takes to be competitive for an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Well done.

    Now to your question, there are several websites that will aid your search, helping to address any and every question you may have, if not always able to provide clear-cut answers. There are many people who can and will help you, in fact one of THE most helpful fraternal "families" you'll find anywhere.

    Here is the basic USNA site. Begin to review and study it, especially the "Admissions" tab on the left side of the screen. Make sure you look carefully at the most recent class profile posted. It does not hold specific answer for any candidate, but it provides a general picture of all those who have accepted appointments in the most recent admission season. For example, you see that 90% participate in scholastic athletics. You can already put a "check" in that column. And obviously in a number of the other primary characteristics that the Academy chooses to advocate and publicize. There are others, as well. One quick word: Don't get into the "game" of trying to get all the characteristics "checked" off or maximized. That is rarely a productive strategy. Neither should it be avoided, however, especially being only a sophomore. In other words, begin to identify and pursue meaningful, genuine service opportunities in which you can grow, contribute, lead, and flourish. Don't play 5 sports if they are not of real interest and passion. You get it, no doubt.

    Remember this ... the application, nomination, and appointment processes are NOT often analogous with application to secular institutions. You will be competing initially with both local Congressional district competition, which can and often does change dramatically from year to year. One year might find two or three Rhodes Scholars-in-training and the next year a much lesser pool. Same will be true altho to a lesser degree, at state levels.

    You ask about Ohio. The short answer is I'm not sure about competitiveness. I do know it's less competitive generally than MD, VA, FL, TX, CA, PA, NY and any number of other highly competitive states, but it is still very competitive. Do not over-estimate the "value" of being in a Midwestern State, especially in this time of economic distress. Many more are looking for ways to get an education that is "affordable" if not free. And an SA education comes at a very high, deferred price.

    Be cautious about embracing the mean statistics, especially if you're not a minority priority target. Since focused recruiting has commenced in key urban areas in order to fulfill the mandate for more minority Midshipmen, the candidate "applications" have sky-rocketed while the mean stats in some areas have gone down. Many try to ignore this reality but it is reality. What might be concluded is there are really two sets of "average" and the non-minority target is notably more stringent. Conversely if you are a priority minority, that will be to your advantage relative to the general data that you will see.

    So, that may be enough for now. Check out these two sites and bon chance. A personal suggestion of for a "next step" might be to begin to identify what needs doing, the kind of things that get measured, and have your son set up a matrix/chart that he can add to and note completion/fulfillment of steps. And start reading books about USN and USNA. I and others can help with suggestions. Here's a "must get" at your early convenience ... and there are always good used copies on Amazon and the bargain sites.

    "The Naval Academy Candidate Handbook" by Sue Ross This will really lend alot of basic guidance of the process.

    The Academy site ... http://www.usna.edu/homepage.php

    Here's another great site ... http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/naval-academy-annapolis/1387700-seeking-information.html

    Lastly, I started to offer earlier ... remember that it is statiscally FAR MORE competitive in gaining an appointment than graduating and receiving a commission. And they are both very demanding, lots of work. Now is a great time to get started. Lastly, if you are people of faith, seek your God's blessing, guidance, and assistance. Pray hard and often. This requires more than being "great" as a candidate. A great many are. Best wishes and good luck. Up up away! :thumb::spacecraft::rockon:

    And here's link to book noted ... http://www.amazon.com/The-Naval-Aca...92297&sr=8-1&keywords=sue+ross+the+candidates
     
  4. Daddy_12

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    Thank you very much for that, I appreciate it. My sisters boyfriend is in the class of 2016 and he didn't even have that much to say! Thanks for helping me out
     
  5. 1964BGO

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    I have been a BGO in northeast Ohio since 1991 and was the area coordinator for the Cleveland area from 1997 through 2009. I would be more than happy to work with you in preparing to become a candidate for the Naval Academy. Contact me via e-mail or pm so we can get started, as tempus is fugiting and there is a lot to be done. Northeast Ohio is the most competitive area of the four areas in Ohio, and the budget made it even more so in the 2016 cycle.
     
  6. Daddy_12

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    Okay that sounds great, I will email you as soon as my school lets out for the day
     
  7. MIDNDAD

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    You have gotten some excellent advice on your questions. Don't have anything to add in that regard.

    However, I suggest you take a look at your posting and in particular your spelling and grammar. First impressions are hugely important when going after something like USNA. I realize this is just a simple forum but if you were in communication with someone from the Academy or your future BGO your grammar errors would not be viewed in a good light. Just a heads-up to a potential future candidate.
     
  8. Daddy_12

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    I greatly appreciate all of the feedback I am getting! I know my spelling was not great but that is because I typed the paragraph on my small partially broken touchscreen on my way to hockey practice, and I apologize for that. I was expecting some minor, mediocre, every day advise like get good grades and stay out of trouble. I now know a lot more about what I have to do in order to better my self so that I can get into the academy. It is also stuff that I can take action and start tomorrow, like taking an extra honors class and talking to my guidance councilor. Thank you very much for the replies, and I can't wait for the next couple years
     

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