Hello everybody! I am a Junior in high school and a future canidate for the United States Air Force Academy. An evaluation on my standings right now would be awesome, and any tips/ suggestions would be a huge help. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you guys! Where to begin! I think just some leadership and other facts that would help my elidability would be good to start: -Two Varsity sports (football and lacrosse) -Assistant coach on my little brother's lacrosse team - Big Brother for the Big Brothers and Sisters Organization -My twin and I run a regional section of Nike Re-Use a shoe, which collects used shoes to create playing surfaces in less fortunate areas (going on three years) -Full time job at local Supermarket Market Basket, who do write letters of recomendation -40 hours of volunteering at the Local Veterans Administration Hospital over the Summer- -My Father's best friend is a Colonel and former F-15 and F-117 pilot, and has a good relation ship with the Head of Admissions, both of whom could write letters of recomendation. When it comes to academics, I have been very consitent. I kept a steady GPA last year, at about 3.6, and scored in the state NEWA in the top 3 percent for both math and reading. I am in advanced math, and will be taking one AP class this year and one college class, pre calculus, and mulitple Ap's senior year. However, freshman year is what has me concerned and I was hoping you could help me with. Although I am never one to make excuses, feshman year was incredilby difficult due to a family tragedy/ My little brother, Drew, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in late spring before freshman year. An immuno-defficiency like disease, almost every day was spent carting my brother to Boston, where he stayed for a few days until he came home.Unfortunately, he would typically catch another fever within just a few days and have to go back. This made my freshman year quite turbulant, especcially when my parents were gone for days on end or returning late at night consistently, shuffling watch over my little brother as he recovered from chemothereapy and a bone marrow transplant, and parental guidence, in which is incredibly important, especcially during one's freshman year, was nearly non-existant during that fall, most of the winter, and the spring when my little brother was in the ICU for nearly 2 weeks. In which I feel is my most important leadership role so far, my twin and Iorganized a benefit concert in just two short weeks that was attended by nearly 500 and raised well over $8,000 dollars for uncovered medical expenses, transportation costs, and various donations to Boston Childrens Hospital. I manged to squeek out with a 3.0, and honors in two classes. I have never been proud of my freshman year, and I abhor excuses and try everything possible to refrain from them, but I realie this did effect in ways I pray I fix before I apply to the Academy. I would appreciate your feedback and insight on what to do about my poor freshman year, and how I can make up for it academically. I hope it does not effect my chances considerably, but I underdtand the situation and I am putting my best foot forward to correct it. I thank you for reading this, and I am excited to see back from you. Questions Is Summer Session a key aspect in the process? If I recieve straight A's my junior year up until application (which I am on track to do), will this sign of improvement greatly help my chances? How important is improvement when looking at an applicant's profile? What should I aim for on the SATs and ACTs? Thank you!