This is getting exciting. DS has been named an official candidate at Navy and now at Air Force as well. His B&G interview has just been scheduled. Would welcome comments / advice concerning my middle son's chances at admission to a service academy. Navy or Air Force would be his first choice but he is also impressed by the others. He is very interested in engineering and aviation Here is a summary of his stats and a few brief other factors. he is a rising Senior. Unweighted G.P.A. 4.0 Class rank 1 (out of 32, we are in a tiny town) PSAT 206 Will be National Merit commended but not a National Merit finalist in our state SAT 2060 Math 700 Reading 720 Writing 640 Class President freshman and sophomore years Beta Club (an honor society) School President Jr and Sr year Candidate for state Beta club president (came in second) Math team state qualifier 3years (5th in state freshman year, 2nd last year, State Champions this year) National qualifier in beta club science competition (compete in nationals this summer) 4 sport letterman Football (all-district defensive tackle this year, Basketball, Baseball and Track (regional qualifier in discus as soph. 11 varsity letters by end of Jr, year. Should get 4 more Senior year) Acted in district champion one act play freshman, Soph and Jr. year All star cast at district, bi-district and Area this year Play Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Mock Trial Lead Attorney Chosen to be a Texas NASA aerospace STEM scholar by our state representative Attended the Broyhill Leadership Academy in South Carolina last summer Worked last summer on the work crew at a summer camp and hasbeen promoted to Jr. Counselor for this summer Helped organize a water drive to take water to the Oklahoma tornado victims. Filled a whole trailer and delivered it. Serves meals at a local homeless shelter On Church youth advisory counsel and plays and sings in church praise band Started and contribute to a blog along with older brother who is in college State finalist in beta club talent contest last year. Played Bass and sang. Loves outdoor sports rock climbing, hiking, rappelling, water sports Vital- 6'1" 194lbs Athletic...the fitness test should not be any problem except maybe pull ups (he is pretty big, not fat but big) Excellent (20/15) vision Disadvantages- We are from a very small town. The only A.P. class at our school is calculus and he took it he has taken all the honors classes offered but not many are. I worry about getting a nomination because in our congressional district are large towns and our new rep. is from the urban part not the rural part. I am unsure about the political part of getting the nomination. He could not volunteer at his office because it is more than an hour away. Anything else we can do?