Recommendations for an incoming HS Sophomore?

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  1. HSClassof2017

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    I am from Kentucky. I recently finished my freshman year of high school and it is my dream to attend USMA. If anyone could provide me with feedback and suggestions on how to become more competitive for USMA acceptance, it would be greatly appreciated!

    -I am very athletic, I would have no issues on the physical test. 1 minute pushup test I can do 68 pushups and 68 situps. I run the mile in less than 6:45

    -I have 4 year varsity letter in 2 sports. I was a varsity athlete as a freshman in both football and lacrosse.

    -2014 Lacrosse State Champion. (Freshman Year)

    -3.71 GPA, unweighted (Unaware of my class rank) 94.3 Average

    -Member of Latin Club, Latin Club representative.

    -Member of Student Council

    -School House Representative

    -Member of Honor Council

    -I take all honors classes, AP World History as sophomore

    I think I can be a team captain in football and lacrosse. Also, I am considering playing sports at USMA.(I don't know if that would change chance of acceptance)

    If anyone knows how competitive I am for acceptance at USMA, please tell me. Any feedback on what I can improve on?
     
  2. Seawings18

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    Change "Member in/of" to "(Leadership Title Here) of" for some of the clubs you are in. Taking the initiative to hold leadership or officer positions, anything whether it be President or Secretary or Treasurer, in the clubs you are in will show leadership outside of athletics. Strive to make your resume a well rounded one, showing leadership across the board in all the EC's you are involved in, but don't try to be President of everything either; that could be an overload and be counterproductive. It's up to you to find out how much you can balance given the time you have in a day. When you are a junior be sure to max out on the SAT/ACT and apply for the Summer Seminar for any academy you think you will apply to. Be sure to practice the CFA's basketball throw every so often because it is a somewhat... different for a lack of better terms... exercise and may be an obstacle down the road.Keep reading the forums; you'll find lots of great advice here that collectively serve as the staples of the Academy/ROTC application process. And try to enjoy high school the best you can because believe me it will fly by fast! Good luck! :thumb:
     
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    Nice to see a fellow Kentuckian!
     
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    Best of luck and welcome!
     
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    Have you looked at the "What Are My Chances?" sticky at the top of the USMA page? Look at the type of activities accepted cadets did. What about community service or the like?

    You said you have a 4 year varsity letter in 2 sports but you just finished your freshman year. How is that possible? Remember, nothing you did in middle school counts when applying to West Point.
     
  8. HSClassof2017

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    I was on varsity as a freshman. I am assuming I won't get cut, lol.
     
  9. Dixieland

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    So not quite a 4-year varsity athlete yet.........maybe say "My goal is to be a 4-year varsity letterman in 2 sports."
     
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  11. Pima

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    Typically, bumping a new introduction thread is not going to get you the advice you are probably looking for. I would suggest to you to follow Dixie's advice research the chance me threads instead of bumping this one.
    ~ You are are only a rising sophomore, time is on your hand.

    Meanwhile also take the PSAT if you can this fall. The PSAT rule of thumb is add a 0 behind that score and it is @ the area you will be at for your SAT. If you can't take the PSAT sign up for the ones starting in the spring,
    ~ The PSAT is the only way you can become a NMF.(Nat. Merit Finalist) This is something colleges look at, and when it comes to plan B, NMSF/NMFs typically get a nice chunk of merit money. Plus, you can place it on your resume. Thus, when you add that with a ROTC scholarship the out of reach $$$$ college now becomes a player in the decision factor.
     

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