I am a junior, who will be graduating in 2015
So these are my stats:
GPA: 4.9 weighted, 3.9 unweighted
SAT: 2190 (710 Reading, 680 Math, 800 Writing) (I am taking another SAT to improve my Math and Reading scores)
ACT: 34 Composite (35 English, 35 Math, 35 Reading, Science 32, Writing 9)
World History (4)
European History (5)
Spanish Language (4)
11th Grade (No AP Tests taken yet):
3 years volleyball (1 on varsity)
1 year basketball
2 years yearbook (1 as editor)
2 years Junior Statesmen of America (1 as boardmember)
3 years Science National Honors Society (1 as boardmember)
2 years Academic Decathalon (Team Captain)
2 years Quiz Bowl (Starting Player and Vice President)
1 year Magic Club (Founder and President)
Freelance writer published on Bleacher Report 22 times
Staff writer for animation review website
In the process of publishing a light novel with a Japanese publisher
Internship with California State Assemblymember, worked in PR and media
Upcoming internship with CAUSE (An Asian Business League), working in PR and media
Hired as a stage magician for birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, etc.
100+ for local volunteer organization
Founder of Cards for Kids, a local volunteer organization involving teaching magic to elementary school children
3-5 Hours a week volunteering at a local senior home, preforming magic for assisted living patients, with one large monthly show
Boys State Delegate
Leading Scorer for Academic Decathlon, 5th highest score in school history
AP Scholar with Distinction
Does anyone have any recommendations for what I could do to help my application stand out?
I am family friends with the former Deputy District Attorney and a current California State Assemblymember, so should I try to get a letter of recommendation out of him? The internship I mentioned above was with him, and I've known him personally for my entire life, so he would probably have a lot to say about me.
Also, my parents know someone on the Board of Trustees at Amherst. Does anyone know if those kinds of connections are actually helpful or not? The person we know said she would put in a good word for me if I needed it, but I am dubious as to how much that could help.
Please, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!