Hi! My d. is a Naval Sea Cadet and loves the program. Their summers are filled with wonderful opportunities ---(called advanced trainings) that they need to do for promotions. One of them is the Summer Seminar, and the Sea Cadets actually reimburse you the tution (not airfare)if you complete it successfully (after your junior year) (Next year for her) However she's decided she wants to study abroad starting towards the end of her senior year (possibly southern hemisphere) She doesn't want to miss her sports eligibility or cut short her Sea Cadet experience either. As she's been partially homeschooled we can delay her graduation until after she returns from study abroad (where she'll enroll in a foreign high school) However at this point she would be eligibile to go to the summer seminar next summer, even though we will be delaying her HS graduation. Would this somehow be a problem? I've noticed that people are getting their candidates kits that fall, and she would be really not ready to apply due to her leaving the country. She might be considering applying for when she comes back (don't know at this point) but she definitely wants to go to SS. Would attending SS and not graduating on time be somehow misleading and make you look bad? It's just that the foreign schools won't accept you if you already have a HS diploma---and she wants the immersion and homestay experience plus attending school in that country. And she doesn't want to cut short her own HS experiences, either, so she's going as an 18 y.o. (not as many country choices, but she's happy with a couple of them) She already has studied other languages (one for 9 years) so she's not lacking--but she's good in them, and younger is always better to learn languages! So--should she take advantage of the opportunity to do NASS? Or should the spots be for kids applying that fall? Thanks!