Don’t read too much into not getting a SS invite
…. We live 85 miles from Gate 1, and DD would spend time there during Lacrosse camps from a very young age …. I am sure that they had a “File” on her …. No SS invite for her, and she was bummed, but it didn’t matter anyway.
My sense is that it is very much a spread the love around kind of thing … get PR out to the far reaches and attract a Diverse demographic too, which is “Extremely Important” to the mission.
Anyway … work hard, eyes forward, don’t look left or right, and keep your foot from evil … and good things will happen.