I just finished my freshmen year of high school, and my goal is to attend West Point. I'd like some opinions on my chances of being appointed. I know that nobody on these forums can definitely tell me if I'll get accepted or not, but any advice would be appreciated! Academics: GPA: 4.0 unweighted 4.38 weighted As for the SAT and ACT, I haven't taken them yet, but plan to take them first during sophomore year, and I also plan to take them multiple times to get the best score I can. Activities: Not many extracurriculars that matter much for West Point, other than extracurricular sports, freshman year. Next year, I plan on stepping it up big time. I'm planning on joining JROTC, as well as the JROTC Raiders, Model United Nations, and National Honors Society. I will be a part of the yearbook editing team. This summer, I also plan to rack up many volunteering hours. Athletics: -Basketball: I have played basketball since 2nd grade (8 years). I'm not very tall (5'6) so I've always played on a separate team outside of school. -Football: I've played football since 5th grade (5 years). Again, due to my stature, I have played on a separate team outside of school. -Spartan Races: Spartan Races, if you don't know, are a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 to 5 miles to marathon distances. I run two to three races annually, ranging from 5 to 10 miles, and train all year round. -Golf: Not considered a very "athletic" sport, but I figured I'd add it on anyway. -JROTC Raiders: "the Raider Team practices physical and technical skills at both the individual and team levels. They perform tasks that may be found in a conventional army unit such as the Physical Fitness Test, 5Km Runs, Rope Bridges, Land Navigation Courses, and First Aid." (Sophomore year) My concern is the athletics portion. I've read that 90% of Cadets were on a varsity sports team or team captain. The problem is, I play sports outside of school, so I wouldn't have a varsity letter. How important is the actual varsity letter vs participating in many extracurricular sports? I was considering cross country, but they run 5-8 miles daily, which seems way out of my league. I typically run 8-10 miles per week, not daily! Any opinions, advice, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!