I have some issues here, and I would like to ask your advice: 1. Are volunteer hours necessary to get into the Academy? 2. Are sports necessary? 3. Does your autodidactic education have any bearing on your chances of admission? 4. How much does class rank figure in the admissions process? 5. Any tips on how to persuade my parents to a) get committed to Church and b) let me go across the street so I can run on a roughly one mile (highly trafficked) path before I give it another go? 6. What methods of training have worked the best for you? Thanks ahead of time.