Hi, This is my first post. I am a high school teacher, completely ignorant of the USNA application process, and here out of curiosity. One of my students received a LOA in December, and recently received a nomination from one of the Congressmen in our state (NJ). Over our recent Easter break, she was devastated to find out that she was not accepted into USNA. This strikes me as odd and I was wondering how often this happens, and why, etc. I know that her grades did not drop off, I have her in my AP class and she works as hard as ever while senioritis sets in among other students. I wrote her recommendation letter, and wrote to both of our senators, she's the kind of student for whom it was difficult to keep the recommendation letter to only one page. Top 5 GPA, good grades in 4 AP classes, 3 sport varsity athlete, student council president, unquestionable character.... you name it, she has it. If anyone can shed any light, I would be appreciative. She's been dreaming of USNA for years and I am just curious to know what may have happened... since the "A" in "LOA" stands for assurance... but in this case apparently not? She's pretty upset over this so I don't want to pepper her with questions, I am just asking out of my own curiosity and concern for one of my best students. Thanks in advance for any responses.