Senior S attends a competitive public boarding HS here in the South. Last spring we made the rounds of campus visits at top NE LACs, and he is applying RD to several. One of his favorites (which has had essentially no attention from students at his school in past years), sent a rep to visit the HS last week. S missed the visit; he had multiple music and sports conflicts which he apparently thought were more pressing (possibly because we had already visited the LAC campus). Last year this college did not send a rep; we think the visit may have been scheduled because S had expressed interest. To top it off, the rep had emailed S to remind.
We think S may have just thrown away his chances at this college. His scores and grades are in the ballpark and he attends an excellent HS, but his no-show at the info session certainly does not demonstrate interest. He IS interested, but he's a dreamy kid who doesn't always see the big picture.
So--all you veterans/experts out there: any suggestions on how to salvage this? Is a note to the rep in order? How should S explain? Should he request an alumni interview? Is all lost? Spouse thinks perhaps he should not apply at all. It wouldn't matter so much except that this school is his second choice. We are attempting to be supportive from a distance without helicoptering, at which we seem to be failing.