Hello Everyone I am an incoming Junior interested in applying to the USNA. I've noticed during research that most of the applicants have a varsity high school letter. I was a varsity runner during Junior High, but after an injury I added over a minute to my mile time, and recovering from the injury I was devastated by my new scores. (My time went from the 6 min area, to the high 7/8 minute mark.) I realize that that time is horendous. However, I am an AP/Honors/Gifted student with a relativley high GPA (3.76). I am also a 2nd degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do, which I have participated in for over 7 years. I teach at my academy as an assistant instructor. I am also Captain for my school's Color Guard team (flag spinning, drill rifle/sabre), and a member of a Regional Gold Medal (Champion) Winterguard (competive, independent form of Color Guard.) I have many hours of volunteer and work experience, as a personal assistant, event worker, concessions worker (for school functions), and volunteer for my Band Program (playing flute for over 7 years.) I am a current comittee member (and soon to be President) for my school's "Writing Club" which encourages elementary and junior high students to pursue writing, by publishing a literary magazine every year. I will be applying for National Honors Society in the coming months, as well as preparing for the ACT, which I hope to achieve a 32 or above on. I am currently working through my injury in an attempt to strengthen myself physically and lower my mile run time (hoping to go in the < 7 minute area. Though I don't have a varsity letter, I feel that my extra curriculars are strong, and will get stronger through my Junior and Senior year, as I participate in, and establish clubs at my school and continue to compete in my independent sports. Will the fact that I do not have a varsity letter eliminate me from the running, or is my martial arts experience and competitive color guard decent enough for application? Thank you all for your help!