Our daughter has been asking questions about the Academies since her older brother is going through the application process. One issue that she has is that she was diagnosed with spondolysthesis at age 10, and had corrective surgery at 11. The surgery involved using a live bone graft from her hip to fuse her L-5 and S-1 vertebrae together. She has no problems since the surgery other than a 6" scar on her lower back. She is now a healthy junior in high school, and plays varsity volleyball, club volleyball and varsity track. Her stats in academics are very competitive for the Academies. My question is, does the surgery mean an automatic DQ? I would thing so, but I thought I would ask here before I tell her that it isn't possible.