All right, so basically, at the end of my sophomore year (last year), I felt as though I was pretty much on track for the whole west point application trail. I was just outside of the top 5% of my class, had a good PSAT score (212), was class president, and had lettered in two sports, cross country and track. This year, however, I seem to have bitten off more than I can chew. I'm now in 3 ap classes (the rest are honors) in addition to sports, student council, church (youth group leader, confirmation leader, and head of a local chapter of a charity), debating, the school paper (contibutor, not editor, unfortunately) and the local board of education, on which I am a student representative. The first quarter of my school year, I basically crashed; i got on average 4 hours of sleep a night, which signifigantly affected studying/ doing work, and my grades began to fall. Usually, I have mostly A's, with one B+. So far this year, i have mostly B+s, 2 As, and a C in ap chem (I'm doing better this quarter, though). I decided not to drop out of any of my courses because I thought that, well, I need to learn to handle this kind of pressure. But, I'm kind of worried that when I apply for SLS in december, I won't have enough time to make up for the ground I lost the first quarter of this year. Basically, what does USMA see when you apply for SLS, and what do you need (class rank, PSAT, etc.) to get in? I think I may have made semifinalist for the national merit scholarship, but I won't know until I get my scores. I'm hoping, though, haha. Oh, and I did an internship this summer working on a documentary of Martin Luther King, Jr's time in my town, I'm not sure if that would help with admissions or anything. Thanks, I know this is kind of long, but that kind of describes how my life is organized right now, in a way.