nominations in PA

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by momsweed, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. momsweed

    momsweed New Member

    Aug 18, 2012
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    What are nomination chances for qualified grades/SATs from Pa?
    My son has started the apps to Fitzpatrick- Twoomey and Casey.
    Just got his blue -gold contact. Thanks for any direction.
    -mom of Bucks county senior
  2. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

    Sep 29, 2011
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    No one here can give you a clue as to your sons chances, because we don't know how many people he's competing against, and we don't know who he's competing against. Every state, every district, and every member of congress is different. Your son could be competing against 30 other people with 34+ ACTs and 4.0 GPAs, he could be competing against 200 other people with 28 ACTs and 3.6 GPAs, or he could be (and most likely is) competing against a mixture of both.

    So, to reiterate, we cannot give you any sort of idea. I know of a guy I competed against who had a 36 ACT, and he got a nomination. I had a 26 ACT and a 3.6 GPA and I got a nomination as well.

    The biggest point I want to make is that your son really needs to sell himself if he wants to get a nomination. He can write down that he was team captain of the varsity football team for four years, but if he doesn't expand off of that, then you leave it open for subjective interpretation. Maybe the person reading his resume was on his varsity football team for four years and his team captain was lazy and never did anything. Your son might have worked really hard as team captain and it might get brushed off, because he didn't explain exactly how he contributed to the team. Make sure your son emphasizes his strengths in his writing and during his interview (if he has one). It will make a world of difference.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck!
  3. Pima

    Pima Parent

    Nov 28, 2007
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    I agree with LFry, we are not trying to be vague, but what stats someone needed to be competitive LY has no bearing on this year because the pool of applicants will be completely different. Additionally, academically there may be stronger districts in one part of the state than another part. For example, No VA (Fairfax) is academically one of the top districts in the nation + tons of applicants, but go down to Emporia and it is not only academically different, but so is the pool size. The Emporia candidate still can get an MOC (congressional) nom that the Fairfax candidate can't due to residency alone.

    As LFry stated it can vary due just to the fact of where you live.

    If you are asking if PA is competitive regarding can you get 3 MOC noms, than it is probably in the body of the MOC's application. Typically states that spread the wealth will state if you receive a nom from 1 source we will not consider you for a nom. Several states do state on their application this information.

    That is usually a hint that the stats will be very strong because they have a high number of qualified applicants.

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