Congratulations on the falcon scholarship! It is the golden ticket and you should be proud. I am a Falcon Scholar that attended NWP in the fall and am in my second semester back at home. I received my appointment a few weeks back and feel a million times more prepared for the academy than I would have been last year as a senior. Before you choose a prep school, call the ones you are interested in. I called nmmi and NWP and I’m glad I did- no doubt NWP was the best experience of my life. Why? NWP taught valuable study habits such as time management, physical fitness and memorization through a strict schedule and memorizing 1400 vocabulary words throughout the time I was there (20 a day, 6 days a week). The schedule includes classes all day, (math, English, vocab, Chem, physics) and study halls before and after dinner until 10 at night. There was no talking, working together, or music during study halls. In study hall, you studied because the classses were hard. In addition, the Durbeck’s are amazing people and want the absolute best for their students. Give them a call sometime and you’ll know what I mean. Second semester is tough, but the skills I learned at NWP help me everyday. I’m attending community college and while the classes aren’t as difficult as NWP, it gives you a chance to use all the study skills and habits I spent all fall perfecting. It’s like a free trial before the academy. A few more things about NWP. The WiFi is terrible, so it forces you to work together and learn from your peers rather than just googling everything. Remember how I said you can’t work together in study hall? If you want help, you have to make time either on the weekends or another part of your day, further promoting time management. I was in subpar shape when I arrived, but Mr. D has an amazing training program and I left in the best shape of my life. Lastly, I met some of the best friends of my life. Stuck on a mountain with virtually no leave and no car and no cell service, it’s like a family. Good luck in your decision!