I am triple Q'd and nominated. My representative did not list a preferred candidate on his list, so I understand the 10 people on his list are competing against each other for an appointment. I understand that if I am not the one chosen, then I would go into a nationwide pool of candidates that the Academy will choose from. The question I have is this: Does the Academy take geography into account when it is making those choices out of the nationwide pool? Does the academy try to avoid taking too many candidates from the same district even if those candidates are more qualified than candidates elsewhere? I live in a congressional district that is academically very strong and has lots of good candidates. If I am rated superior to a candidate elsewhere, could I still lose out on the appointment because the academy is trying to balance out the class geographically?