West Point rep at HS award ceremony

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  1. Ontario

    Ontario New Member

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    My son school called and asked me if a West Point rep will be present at the HS awards ceremony to present him with his nomination. Does anyone know if this is possible and if so what is the process to get a rep at the ceremony.

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. 845something

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    Contact the FFR and ask them if they can attend.
     
  3. whitewolf

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    Yes, contact your FFR. My DD along with another candidate were given a lot of recognition at the HS awards ceremony. It was very moving and was an eye-opener for a lot of the parents there whose children also received scholarships but had no idea the depth of the USMA.
     
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    My son's FFR did this last night at his high school
     
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    I like to try to get a Grad to do the presentations, especially one in uniform.
    This year our MOC did some presentations which was a special event for the school and the appointee.
     
  6. FlyBoy1993

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    Our son's MOC did it, and it was excellent. Proud moment for all.
     
  7. ArmyDad28

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    Our RC coordinated for a FFR (COL, AD) to be there in uniform. Made us proud of DS, but more so, a great recruiting tool for future potential applicants. He did a great job explaining what the appointment meant, what was expected, and the value of the appointment (the scholarship $) We had several parents come up and ask for information.
     
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    My sons' two ALOs came to their graduation (from an online cyber school) and had a great presentation. The boys then received a standing ovation!
     
  9. dream19

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    We, too, are planning on the presentation for DS at his graduation. Question is - where or who was the letter sent to- DS or the presenter, since we haven't received BFE yet? I guess there would be no point having the presentation if there were nothing to present.
     
  10. buff81

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    Your FFR can get one. If you don't have a FFR, you can contact the RC or the technician for your region and ask for one.
    Did he just accept? You should get the BFE within a week of accepting.
     
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  11. dream19

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    No, his portal was updated 3 weeks ago, and started receiving information during the first week after that. We live overseas, which might be the reason for no BFE yet, but it's quite a long time passed already. DS said all the necessary forms can be found on the portal, but I still feel he might miss something from that BFE. Is he right?
     
  12. 845something

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    @dream19 it wouldn't surprise me for a BFE to take three weeks to get to an APO. Not sure if you are AP or AE, but here in the pacific, we've had plenty of slow deliveries this year with even normal size letters taking a month (both my kids have spring birthdays) sometimes.

    As far as missing something, you are both kind of right. Everything that your DS needs to show up for R Day is on the portal. But the actual appointment certificate in a nice cover comes in the BFE and you definitely can't do without it. You'll find that most grads still have theirs somewhere. If it doesn't come in the next week, tell admissions and they'll send another so you have it. It might not make it for a graduation awards recognition; however, the RC can send a PDF copy and the FFR (if there is one) can probably come up with an Army awards cover (the green ones that the appointments used to come in as well) to cover down.
     
  13. dream19

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    @845something Thanks for caring to answer! That sounds a viable plan, and I have taken note of each step to rescue. Hopefully, I will get the BFE in time for the ceremony, but in case it doesn't, I don't need to panic. Thanks!
     
  14. bookreader

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    @dream19 - In case you don't yet know, there are a few very active FB pages for the parents. Being a part of them may help you feel a bit more connected to West Point (esp since you are so far away) and they are an excellent source for information about what you son/daughter will need at WP and also what they will experience there.

    Facebook pages:
    West Point Class of 2019 Parents
    West Point Moms
    There is also a Dad's page (I'm guessing that it is called West Point Dads)

    Also, there is a page for the class of 2019 cadets. The cadets have been busy getting to know each other on that page.
    Meanwhile on the Moms page, we have been busy trying to clarify exactly what our cadets will need to bring for R day and beyond. Tons of good advice.
     
  15. dream19

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    Thank you @bookreader for reaching out to help, which, as you can imagine, I SO need, and in more aspects than most moms there. Actually I have recently joined FB parent group too, but like to seach the forums for questions that might have been answered here. FB is new to me, and I need to learn how to search for past information there, so I don't ask stupid questions already asked and answered.

    Thanks again, and your kindness is greatly appreciated!
     
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  16. mom3boys

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    Just under the banner picture on the right, there's a little box that says "search this group." That's how you search the facebook groups for past information. You can also click "members" and then on the drop down choose "administrators." You can then ask a group administrator a question in a private message.
     
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  17. dream19

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    Thanks @mom3boys for the tip! I just got on facebook, and it took me a while before finally finding that little magic box. It worked great, and I was able to get some information I needed at this time. Will go back again to read more.
     
  18. BlackKnight2016

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    Just heard this at our Washington State Parents Club event for new 2019 joining parents, that our state FFR's are trying to line up the 50 year connection class from 1969 to help make HS award presentations. I thought it was such a great idea, I wanted to share the concept here to see if other states could try to work the same idea. Wouldn't that become a great tradition to meet your 50 year class connection and be presented with your award.
     
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