Over the max number of Nominees?

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by Angie9715, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. Angie9715

    Angie9715 Member

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    Last night, my MOC had a Public Recognition Ceremony for his SA nominees. It was a lovely ceremony, and many young men and women, including myself, were very excited to receive our official Nomination Certificates. We then all took pictures with our MOC, first as group-shots by SA, and then individually. When I looked at the picture of all the Naval Academy Nominees, I noticed there was something off. I counted the heads, and it turns out that there are fourteen of us. I thought MOCs were only allowed to nominate up to 10 people per SA. I spoke with a staff member, who told me "Four people from our district graduated this year, so that opens up four extra spots, hence the four extra nominees."
    I still don't understand, though. If there were four spots open, shouldn't it still be ten nominees competing for those spots? Has anyone heard of this happening before?

    Also, one girl at the ceremony already received her appointment to USNA, and claims she was charged to the President's slate. Does that mean I am now competing against 12 other people, instead of 13 others, for an appointment?
     
  2. bridget2019

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    It is likely that some (or most) got a congressional nomination or just a nomination from another source. Also, they could have been nominated for the other Academies, not just USNA.
     
  3. Sledge

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    Not enough info to answer your question. My limited experience with one child at one academy (USMA) last year makes me believe that these staffers don't always understand what's going on with the nomination process and/or don't convey it in the correct terms.

    Four people from your district might have graduated last year from USNA, but it would be unusual (but not impossible) if all four of them had been charged to your MOC, i.e. two might have been charged to your MOC and two might have been Presidential nominees. In any event, if your MOC had even just two slots this year at USNA, he/she could have nominated 20 kids for USNA, 10 for each slot. Or, since you said there were 14 in the picture (and we assume everyone nominated was at the ceremony), the MOC could have nominated 7 for each slot, improving the odds.

    It's out of your hands now so try not to worry.
     
  4. Angie9715

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    Ah, okay, so it's 10 per slot. From what I had read on the process, I assumed it was 10 overall. That makes more sense... and, now that you mentioned it, I hope he only nominated 7 per slot for two slots. That would be nice; a 14% chance rather than a 10% chance.

    Thank you! I won't worry too much about it anymore. There's nothing I can do but wait and hope.
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Could be that these were other people in the MOC's district who had noms, not necessarily that they had noms from the MOC. So it could be noms from the Senators, Presidential, NROTC, etc.
     
  6. Angie9715

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    usna1985, I believe these were only the noms given out by this particular MOC. Some may have additional noms from other sources, but this particular ceremony was in recognition of the students who received his nomination.
     
  7. Patriot18

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    There may be more than one slot open for your MOC, who may have nominated more than 14 people, but some nominees may not have been able to attend the ceremony. My DD will not be able to attend her MOC's nomination ceremony because she is attending college out of state.
     
  8. Spud

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    While this has nothing to do with the OP's original question, if a MOC DID have 4 slots open up they would be foolish to nominate 4 slates of candidates for that year. If they did, then for 4 long years they would have to tell their constituents every fall that "Sorry, voters, but I cannot send any of your kids to USXX Academy Admissions. My slots are all filled up and will continue to stay that way." That would go over like a turd in a punchbowl. A smart politician (thin ice here) would stagger them out such that each year he/she would have at least one slot available at each academy.
     
  9. Angie9715

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    Patriot18: Yes, there was one nominee not present at the ceremony.

    Spud: I was thinking the same thing. Four spots does not mean they should submit four slates. That's why I got confused. I really hope he didn't do that; it would be super unfair to the next four classes. Hopefully the woman I talked to was mistaken.
     

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