DS is a homeschooled junior (attending his CVW as I write this!). I learned about Boys State through this forum. When I contacted the Registrar he told me they were interested in reaching out to our homeschool community to recruit kids for Boys State. DS had his interview a couple of weeks ago, and we were told that he is an alternate. I am highly doubtful that anyone would drop out at this point, making it unlikey for DS to attend. My question is whether saying he was an alternate holds any weight toward his WCS. Is it simply a yes/no question on the candidate application as to whether he attended, or is there room for him to indicate that he had been selected as an alternate? Our local American Legion has never selected a homeschooled student for Boys State. To be honest, I'm not sure if they understood how to distinguish his leadership experience from the more typical traditional high school student. So, for example, if a high school principal nominates "Johnny", who is the class president, plays on the lacrosse team, has a 4.0, etc., how does that correlate with "Homeschooled Jimmy" who is the Color Guard Commander for his Sea Cadet Division, the Alpha Company Commander, plays intramural sports because the public schools don't allow him to play on their teams, and has a 4.1 while dual-enrolled at the local community college? In other words, it's not really apples-to-apples, and by the selection committee's own words, they were "reaching out" to the homeschool community since this is new territory to them. DS tried to represent this information in his interview, but since I don't know how it went, I'm not sure if he succeeded. But that's okay, I'm used to it. I'm more wondering if it helps DS at all that he was an alternate.