My older son is a rising senior about to start the college app process, and I'm aware of what people consider "hooks" for some schools- international/national awards or honors, underrepresented minorities, first generation, development cases (large donors), published research, being the kid of a celebrity , etc. To my surprise, I've heard people mention hooks on these forums and wonder what kinds of things are hooks for service academy admissions? Are they different than hooks for regular college apps? I'm aware that a hook can't override the foundation needs to be there - test scores, grades, fitness, leadership, extracurriculars, etc. -- so what could possibly be considered a hook? Wondering about this for my rising freshman USAFA-hopeful.