So I've been told that a lot of students who get accepted to West Point are like school presidents, or part of the school gov't, or like valedictorians etc...but is that like necessary to get in? Also, I've been told that varsity sports is basically a must, but also that being team captain will be more helpful. The thing is, almost all the captains of varsity sports at my school are seniors. Will West Point know if I become a captain during my senior year after I send my application? Is being a captain a must? While doing a school varsity sport, is it also helpful to do sports outside of school (like shooting, fencing, etc)? And does West Point prefer a sport? Or do they accept anyone who meets to their expectations academically and is a varsity team member of any sport? Is it also good to become leader of a club? Lastly, I've been told that a congressional nomination is a must, but what if my mom is related to a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of another country; am I able to get him to send a recommendation letter? and get accepted with only that letter?