My DS was recently received his appointment to USMA. He has accepted and actively preparing for the summer. Last year (junior year), he was STRONGLY encouraged to attend Boy's State as it would be looked upon favorably on his application. He applied and attended last June. I found it very interesting to learn that 3 students from his Boy's State "city" have also received appointments as of last week. With 3 students from his "city" gaining appointment, I think this information is somewhat telling. I've seen threads questioning the importance of attending Boy's State. I thought this information might be helpful for those questioning whether or not to attend. Clearly, our experience dictates that attendance certainly doesn't hurt. All 3 students ran for office. One student was elected to a local position. The other two ran for state level offices, but did not get elected. All 3 noted this on their application. Good luck to all. Hope this information is helpful.