Hey prest, thank you, I appreciate it. As for your question, I will respond in parts (character limit). As you probably know the academies seek candidates who do not simply excel in a specific avenue, but rather those who are well-rounded and competitive in academic, physical, and leadership disciplines. Every cadet or midshipman had a strong high school transcript, played sports (still do), served the community through extracurriculars, and somehow displayed leadership in their endeavors. On top of medical qualifications, all candidates are judged in those categories, and while I do not know exactly what combination of traits made me stand out, I can list a few credentials to put it in perspective.