Sorry if this has been answered multiple times, just joined and I did a search of forums but didn't find anything. I'm a hopeful USNA Dad with a daughter working her way through the application process and the nominations in parallel. How many of the successful mids or parents here used an additional recommendation other than the 1 Math and 1 English teacher. My daughter has very strong academics and extra curricular but, in spite of running XC for 4 years, will probably not run a race for Varsity during her career. The thing is, she runs for a VERY fast team (2 State wins in the last 3 years) and although she runs all the many, many miles with those runners, does optional weights every week, runs all off-season through the snow and is one of the Senior leaders, they can only run 7 runners to score and she won't be one of those. However, her coach loves her and wrote an amazing letter of recommendation for her. It seems he hit on all of the topics I would imagine the Academy would like to hear, especially for someone who can't claim Varsity; incredibly hard worker, never skips optional practices like many athletes and has stepped up as a Senior leader. So, is an optional letter seen as an annoyance and not following the rules or is this something almost everyone does? Thank you in advance!