Advice to make my application stronger

lilajm

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As a junior in high school my application is about to begin and I am quite eager to start it! These are my high school accomplishments so far and I was wondering if this is a strong background. But I am mostly looking for advice to make it stronger! Anything helps, thank you so much!


I am a Varsity Wrestling Captain and a Varsity Baseball player. I am a member of my high school's Health Academy where I received training in leadership, communication, and responsibility. From this Academy I completed all the academic and clinical hours (75 Hours) to become a Certified Nursing Assistant where I served the geriatric community and had the responsibility of caring for a group ranging from 5-8 patients. I have taken courses in STEM such as AP Physics and AP Calculus as well as many other AP courses. With these courses I maintained a 4.4 weighted GPA (3.8 non weighted). In my class of about 550 students I rank within the top 10%. I also completed about 200 hours as a camp counselor. In terms of the ACT, here are my scores:


English: 30

Reading: 32

Math: 29

Science: 30

Composite: 30
 

Kierkegaard

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Try to improve your ACT scores as they are weighted quite heavily, and maintain your GPA.
 

knights3

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You have so much time to work on your act. Definitely try to take I️t again and improve.
 

usna1985

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You may also want to try the SAT. Some students perform better on one standardized than on the other and USNA will take your highest scores from either. If you've already tried the SAT and seem to do better on the ACT, then disregard the above.:)
 

Johnathan

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Try to raise ACT MATH and ENGLISH a little higher if you can like ( 34-35 ) . My son took the 4 time and made it 34 in math and 35 in English. He had 8 AP classes by Junior year. His GPA is 4.65 .
He is also CO for his NJROTC unit. He is in now. And so will you.
 

thunderheadc6

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focus on adding leadership skills to your resume, team captain- holding an officer position with club -boosting your ACT- my son raised his English score 5 points - Was appointed Co -Captain of his Varsirty Cross Country team and held and officer position for Student Government - he just received an appointment for the class of 2022
 

navy2022VA

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With all these being said about leadership and scores, remember variety is valuable! They look at the whole candidate, and seeing as your scores are already pretty solid, variety can push you past that hump. For instance, being a lead in a musical and playing varsity football, or excelling in guitar as well as holding a job can be just as important as a 33 ACT. Don’t leave out details, but remember don’t sign up for clubs just to fluff your resume.. they will see through it. But if you have leadership positions and/or have been in a club, sport, or job for a long amount of time, that can go a long way! Also try to incorporate possible military in your family if you have any.
 

peppypea

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With all these being said about leadership and scores, remember variety is valuable! They look at the whole candidate, and seeing as your scores are already pretty solid, variety can push you past that hump. For instance, being a lead in a musical and playing varsity football, or excelling in guitar as well as holding a job can be just as important as a 33 ACT. Don’t leave out details, but remember don’t sign up for clubs just to fluff your resume.. they will see through it. But if you have leadership positions and/or have been in a club, sport, or job for a long amount of time, that can go a long way! Also try to incorporate possible military in your family if you have any.
I appreciate this advice! Great stuff!
 

peppypea

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You may also want to try the SAT. Some students perform better on one standardized than on the other and USNA will take your highest scores from either. If you've already tried the SAT and seem to do better on the ACT, then disregard the above.:)
I SO agree with this! My DS took the ACT twice and it was scary, to say the least. We finally convinced him to try the SAT and the difference we night-and-day. He went from not being even considered on ACT to eligible to apply with the SAT.
 
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