When I applied to SLE I looked like this:
32 composite score ACT
Model UN Officer with awards
JV and Varsity lacrosse with scholar athlete awards
Interpreter for mission trip to Honduras, mission trip assistant coordinator for return trip
Church group officer
National Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society
Self-taught multilingual (Spanish, French, Louisiana Creole, some Italian, some Portuguese, some Mandarin)
And some other nice things that aren't as big
And on April 12, 2016 I opened my portal and saw I was not selected.
In the very last three hours that the Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) application was open I applied and got in. I got selected for NASS and went and had a great time. For a while I was discouraged from seeking out USMA but my Blue and Gold officer encouraged me to look at all my options. When summer was over USMA was my number one pick and I got notified I was the principal nominee of one of my Senators to USMA. My profile hadn't changed all that much when I applied for nominations, though. SLE serves a lot of different purposes and one of those purposes is marketing and letting kids try things out. If they see that you are a great kid from a military family in a military location with a lot passion for USMA and the Army then you might not get selected because they feel like you'll apply to West Point no matter what. But that other kid who might be on the fence about it might get the push to carry through with the whole process because SLE was the experience they needed. Apply to all of the summer seminars you could afford if you got in. I'm pretty sure even some military colleges like the Citadel and VMI have "summer seminar." Show your passion and determination! I got a p-nom and an appointment and I didn't get into SLE. Don't sweat it!