Nomination interview

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  1. Stemmom

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    My son just received a letter congratulating him on receiving a nomination to West Point from one of his senators. He has his other two interviews scheduled next weekend. Is it OK for him to call and cancel the other two interviews? Is there any benefit to going now? They can only get one nomination, right? I think I read that in our state the senators talk and make sure they don't both give noms to same kids. Thanks!
     
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    Every separate nomination gives the applicant a separate congressional "spot" to win. It is like having two or three lottery tickets instead of just one. Every MOC has one spot to fill, so you want to get one of the ten chances (nominations) to win that spot. So yes it matters, and yes, participate in every interview.
     
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    .....there may be a superstar applicant who is among the ten who got a nomination from the senator who nominated your son. That kid might win that senators spot. Whereas your congressman may not have as competitive pool as the senator, and thus your son may have better chance to win that spot into the academy. If he doesn't seek the nomination from that congressman he would lose out on that opportunity.
     
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    Oh thank you! @brovol we thought this senator only had 3 spots this year for USMA and so thiught that meant he had one of her spots for sure. I think I get what you are saying here. Thanks for the response!
     
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    Any senator can only have a total of 5 students at each academy at one time. Thus, most years each senator has only one spot available. It is essentially one spot for each class (for example, the 2020 class), but one extra on top of that. So for any class year it would be very unusual, I would think, to have more than two, unless someone dropped out, and most years each senator has only one spot. I don't know why your senator would have three spots, but probably someone who knows a lot more about this than me can comment.

    Your son may want to call the senator and see how many nominations he gave, and how many spots he has. US senators usually have candidates from an entire state competing for their nominations. My son was one of several hundred kids who interviewed a week ago, and will do the same for another senator next week (He secured a nomination for USNA, USMA, and USAFA from our congressman, but hoping to win other nominations as well). Senators from real competitive states will have far more than that.
     
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