Hello! I am currently a junior in high school, and I'm hoping to enter the Class of 2021 at USNA. I applied to NASS already and now I'm just waiting. I am aware that the whole application process for USNA begins in April, so like many, I am beginning my roller coaster journey. Since the "whole person" is looked at, I was wondering if I'd have at least a shot at being offered an appointment (I know this is in no way a guarantee, but I just want some opinions). Below are my stats: 9th Grade: Physics 1: B Advanced Algebra (Algebra 2): A- Humanities (English combined with history): B+ 10th Grade: English: C- World History 2: D- Spanish 1: A- AP Chinese: A- Geometry: A Chemistry 1 Honors: 98 NJROTC: A- I have not taken the SAT yet, but my PSAT scores are math: 620, and reading + writin:g 670, totaling for 1290 out of 1520. Since I have not completed my junior year yet, I'll just list my classes: AP Chemistry, Computer Science, Precalculus Honors, English, Spanish 2, U.S. History 2. My school does not offer honors credit for English, history, or language classes. However, there are AP courses available for those classes. Extracurricular: I have never looked into the USNA until about a month ago, so I haven't prepared myself for it and therefore I am extremely lacking in extracurricular activities. NJROTC: I'm on drill team during sophomore year as well as this year (unavailable during freshmen year since I was at a different school), but I hold no leadership position. I'm planning to work in the summer, and most likely during my senior year. I haven't played any sports, but I am looking into the spring sports now, and will play a fall and/or winter and/or spring sport next year too. In terms of "tips and suggestions", I'd like to know what factors go into consideration when admissions is deciding whether or not to offer an appointment. For example, are females more preferred than males? Does race play a role? What if the applicant is the first to go to college? Does it matter if the applicant's family is wealthy or poor? Citizen by birth vs. naturalized citizen? In my case, should I stick to one sport and do my best in that sport (I won't be on varsity anyways since I'll be just starting) or should I play a sport every season? What kinds of leadership positions are the SA looking for that can be done outside of school-related activities (e.g. manager at work, lots of community service hours)? Should I join clubs? For jobs, is there a specific field that I should work in? I will aim for a leadership role in NJROTC next year (very likely since many senior cadets are leaving the program), but I'm not counting on being the class president due to the fact that that position is usually fulfilled by someone "popular" and well-known. I'm sorry for such a long post. I tend to overthink and over-worry, and I'd like to get as much information on my hands as possible. I know I have a lot of questions and to be honest, I am satisfied if just a few is answered. The overall question is just: How can I improve my chances? Thank you all for reading and helping!