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FCHS LSA 2024

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I am currently a freshman, about to be a sophomore in high school. What are some things that could boost my chances of getting in. Right now, I currently have an unweighted GPA of 4.0 (I don't know what rank or what my weighted GPA is). I have played softball for 7 years, but due to covid, couldn't play for my high school team this year. I do Lincoln-Douglass Debate, and I received 3rd place in regionals. I am pretty in shape, but I am still training so that I can work towards maxing out on the CFA.

Some questions I have are:
1. What are some volunteer opportunities that have leadership roles tied into them?
2. Are there any classes/electives to take during High School that would boost my chances (my school as NJROTC, should I take that for two years)?
3. Should I find another sport to involve myself in other than softball?
 

phil61526

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what are your plans B through ZZ - no matter how good you are there is a very good chance you'll need then

are you good enough to play D1 Softball and at a position the academy might need, that could be a huge help

good luck
 

emberglow

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I would recommend pushing yourself academically. Take some honors and AP classes when those opportunities arrive. West Point likes athletes so if you think you could manage doing another sport that would be ideal. Cross country looks good on applications because it shows that you can run long distances. As for volunteer opportunities, I was able to found a community service club at my school which I am also the president of. In this club my friends and I implement various drives, fundraisers, and projects that help my community. I think that this has helped the leadership portion of my application.
 

jl123

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  1. Go to website westpoint.edu and read all of admissions section
  2. Attend a briefing if there is one in your area - the presentation will be helpful and you can meet your RC. You don't have to be a Jr/Sr. Go as a Freshman/Sophomore
  3. Academic: The most important courses are Math, English Composition, Physics, Chemistry. Try to take these at the most rigorous levels available (AP, Honors, etc.). Plan to take Math all four years. Study for the SAT/ACT and take as many times as possible.
  4. Leadership: The best activities are those associated with your high school; there are automatic WCS points for typical high school activities. When you do things outside of high school, you have more explaining to do. Get involved in school activities where you can attain a leadership position - Class Officer, Captain of sports team etc. Plan to attend Boys/Girls State. Attendance provides excellent WCS points and is a great experience. NJROTC is good. Debate is good, leadership position on debate team better. Softball is good, if you like it - West Point has a Women's Softball team. Get on Varsity team and try to be Captain.
  5. Start now developing the physical capabilities necessary - running, pushups, pull-ups
 

FCHS LSA 2024

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I would recommend pushing yourself academically. Take some honors and AP classes when those opportunities arrive. West Point likes athletes so if you think you could manage doing another sport that would be ideal. Cross country looks good on applications because it shows that you can run long distances. As for volunteer opportunities, I was able to found a community service club at my school which I am also the president of. In this club my friends and I implement various drives, fundraisers, and projects that help my community. I think that this has helped the leadership portion of my application.
I have taken AP Human Geography and am set to take AP Psychology and AP European History, along with Pre-calc/Math Analysis next year. I am also taking chemistry. Would this set me up on the path for academics if I continue to make A's?
 

emberglow

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I have taken AP Human Geography and am set to take AP Psychology and AP European History, along with Pre-calc/Math Analysis next year. I am also taking chemistry. Would this set me up on the path for academics if I continue to make A's?
It definitely couldn't hurt. As long as you put the effort in and strive for a high GPA, you're good.
 
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