What are my chances?

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  1. SD Academy Bound

    SD Academy Bound Member

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    Academic Achievements
    - 3 year 4.0 honor role student
    - Class rank 3 of 372 (4.2 GPA)
    - Member National Honor Society
    - William Hines Principal Award
    - Accepted to USMA Summer Leaders Seminar
    - Accepted to USAFA Summer Seminar
    - Chadron Inter-High School Scholastic Contest Participant

    Athletic Achievements
    - 2 year "Spirit of West" Award (Baseball)
    - 1 year letter winner (Baseball)
    - 2 year Special Teams Player of the Year (Football)
    - 2 year letter winner (Football)
    - 2 year JV Hardest Worker award (Wrestling)
    - 2 year letter winner (Wrestling)
    - 3 sport letter award (letter in 3 sports in one academic year)

    Civic Involvement
    - Learn and Serve program (40 hour community service/internship based program) taken twice
    - Volunteer Little League Baseball Umpire
    - Football camp instructor
    - National Honor Society (Volunteering required)
    - Junior Leadership Program Rapid City
    - Attendant of Fountain Springs Community Church

    Work/Job Experience
    - 2 years maintenance worker Meadowbrook Golf Course

    Leadership Positions
    - Freshman class president
    - Sophomore class president
    - Junior class president
    - 3 year baseball captain
    - 3 year JV wrestling captain
    - 2 year football captain

    here is a basic resume. I am ready
    to send off my packet for the cong recommendation. Jw how I look?
     
  2. mmb5

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    Looks great to me. How is your academic concentration in math and science, and in honors and APs? And how are your standardized test scores?
     
  3. SD Academy Bound

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    ACT - Composite 29
    Math- 29
    Science- 27
    Reading- 30

    AP US History, Adv English 11, Precalculus
    Next Year : AP Eng and AP Calc
     
  4. mmb5

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    Test scores could be better. Get a practice book and really work at it. Take the tests a couple of more times. Try the SAT as welL as the ACT. USMA will take your highest scores, so you have little to lose. Good luck!
     
  5. SD Academy Bound

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    Will the scores i have now make me uncompetitive??
     
  6. sterling

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    here are the scores from the 2012 profile as you can see how you stack up. Our son's MALO said it is easy "you can stop taking the test when you get it perfect"
    American College Testing (ACT) Assessment Program Scores*

    Range Eng Math Sci Reas Read
    31-36 31% 25% 19% 46%
    26-30 43% 58% 46% 41%
    21-25 24% 16% 33% 13%
    16-20 2% 1% 2% 0%
    11-15 0% 0% 0% 0%
    Mean 28 28 27 30
     
  7. Dadandgrad

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    I just returned from a week of MALO training at USMA. Here's my feedback:

    I agree with the above advice on retaking the ACT's. It's defninitely a test you can study for and improve at. West Point will "superscore" your test so if on one ACT you do well on math and on another you do well on reading you get the best of your scores picked out. That's a good deal that no all schools do. The rest of your resume looks great. West Point is looking for young men and women who are scholars, athletes and leaders. It's looks like you have the whole package. I would also recommend applying to ROTC so you have a "plan B." Sometimes that can help get the DODMERB (physical exam) process started sooner and it can be one of the more time consuming parts of the admissions process. Do everything you can to get your application complete as soon as possible. Talk to your teachers before school lets out so they can write your recommendations over the summer. Get your transcripts from the school. The earlier you get your application submitted the better your chances (the early bird sometimes get the worm). I hope you are able to attend both USMA and USAFA summer seminars. That will help you make a decision. My son went to USMA, USAFA and USNA summer seminars last year and he is reporting with the USAFA class of 2014 on June 24! You also have the advantage of living in a state with less knowledge of the service academies. We have the same thing in Wisconsin. Good luck!
     
  8. SD Academy Bound

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    Thanks dad and grad! What exactly is needed for the teacher recommendations? I haven't heard anything on that.
     
  9. mmb5

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    For this year's class, candidates needed recommendations from English, Math, and lab science (physics or chemistry) teachers, preferably junior year. USNA requires 11th grade English and math teachers. I don't know about the other academies.

    It's not a letter (although you will probably need one or more of those for nomination applications). Sometime over the summer, USMA will open the candidate portal, and you will be asked to enter email addresses for the three teachers. They'll each get an email with a form to fill out.

    If you can get teachers lined up before school gets out so that you have email addresses and can get the forms completed over the summer, you may be in a better position.
     
  10. AVT

    AVT USAFA 2015

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    Does USAFA require letters or a form to fill out?
     
  11. Dixieland

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    You will need teacher recommendations for your MOC nominations. Try to line them up before school is out because everyone scatters when the year is over. Give them a postage-paid envelope to mail them to you when they finish. It will save you a lot of tracking down and trying to meet up with them.
     

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