Hello, I am only a sophomore at the moment but am set on going to USMA and was wondering if anyone can give me some advice on nominations. A family friend mentioned that it is a good idea to try to get introduced to your congressman or senators and to contact them early. He even mentioned that I should try to get some local politicians who know my congressmen to introduce me. I also read a little bit about contacting nominating sources prior to applying in The West Point Guidebook (by Sue Ross), but it has been awhile since I read that so I may not remember it perfectly. However, when I went online to my nominating sources' websites it sounded like they discouraged any communication outside of the application process. I think I live in a competitive area (Central California), and I want to do everything possible to get a nomination and ultimately an appointment, but I haven't seen much discussion on this topic and don't want to do anything that will either be viewed as "cheating" the process or that will actually harm my application. Thoughts?