I registered here a short time ago. Our oldest has decided to pursue an appointment to the Class of 2017 at the USNA so I am trying to learn how to best provide support. I tend to research everything (drives my DH crazy) so I’ve been reading this forum and anything else I can find. Academics: very strong – rising junior, currently ranked first in the class, has taken, and plans to take, heavy duty academic load of advanced, AP and college level courses, earned 5s on both AP tests taken in sophomore year (BC Calc and European History), will attend the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in the engineering thread this fall. Athletics: no high school sports but is active in martial arts (black belts in tae kwon do – 4th degree and combat hapkido - 2nd degree; assistant instructor in both) and competitive air rifle (earned invitation to the Junior Olympics the last 2 years – wants to continue shooting at the college level). Has started a running program designed by my sister, who ran track at USNA, to get in shape for NASS and plebe summer – it won’t hurt the shooting either. ECs: coaches middle school MathCounts team; member of and tutors for Math Honor Society; member of Spanish Honor Society; member of JV Scholastic Bowl team, co-captain in sophomore year, member of varsity team junior year; volunteers for greyhound rescue group. We have a family history of service, particularly with the Navy – my dad, sister and 2 grandfathers went to the USNA. Reading over the medical issues that cause problems, I am starting to get nervous. Student has no major issues and none current or ongoing. As an infant, had recurring ear infections; tubes were placed at 15 months which resolved the problem. Tubes fell out years ago and there are no ongoing issues. Had stitches twice as a 5 – 6 year old; no permanent damage, both were fairly superficial. Had some behavioral issues in 3rd-4th grade and was diagnosed with ODD or ADHD. Went to therapy and took meds for 6 – 9 months. Has not had any meds or other treatment since 5th grade. I’m not sure this wasn’t a misdiagnosis. Had the flu in 9th grade; missed one day of school (only grade school day missed for illness). Has seasonal allergies every spring; they are not debilitating and don’t require medical attention. Treated with OC meds (Zyrtec). Otherwise, a very healthy kid. If anyone has any suggestions as to how we can help him reach this goal, I'd appreciate it. We are definitely going to leave most of it to him but I want to be supportive. Thanks for any help, MidMom2Be?