I am a Junior attending a college preparatory high school that is ranked 4th in the state of Idaho and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. I have had an immense level of interest in the Naval Academy since 8th grade and almost every morning I wake up thinking about it as my motivation to get through the day. I am just curious as to what my chances are of getting accepted into the Naval Academy based on my accomplishments in high school as of right now, and what I plan to do.
Freshman year - I took all honors courses and ended with a 3.8 because I had an 89% in math(not a fantastic year but every year after gets better), I was on the debate team and participated in track and field long distance. I also attended a church that got me many hours of community service. This year was the year I joined the Civil Air Patrol. Not many opportunities were around for me this year. I applied for the United States Naval Academy Summer STEM and was accepted, and I did that the following summer. This year I came 120/530 classmates, so not the best.
Sophomore year - I transferred to the school I currently attend and joined the Cross Country team. I then did a running club and shortly after did my second year of track and field long distance. I also achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant in Civil Air Patrol and began leading an element this year. I took all honors, except 2 of my classes were freshman required credit classes for the school. I also got in contact with the BGO in my area, and had a chat with him about my future hopefully at the Naval Academy. I participated in many community service events via my church. This year I also began the class of Arabic 1 which was a very demanding class. Overall, despite my 2 freshman required classes, I came 65 out of 200 of my classmates and ended both semesters with a 4.0 GPA. I took the PSAT and unfortunately scored a 1050 which I know is really bad but I was not thinking the test was a big deal so I did not try my best, and trust me I have guilt and learned my lesson. I ran for junior class secretary and sadly, I lost by a few votes. Over the summer before my junior year, I worked as a lifeguard at my local water park and am attempting to achieve the position of head guard.
Junior year (so far) - I have began my journey through the world of the IBDP. I chose to take the hardest math class offered for the IB at my school (math analysis SL 1) and am currently holding the highest grade in the class 1 quarter in. I also chose to take IB Biology HL and am taking two other HL classes which are Language and Literature as well as Anthropology. All other classes are SL as my school recommended we only take 3 HL’s and 3 SL’s. TOK is starting next semester, and this semester as my electives I am taking Arabic II and College and Career Readiness. I am also taking IB Spanish and it is proving quite hard to maintain an A in as I am also doing Arabic (but I am holding onto the A as much as I can). Cross Country season ended and I was a minute off of lettering, so I am hoping I can do that next year and if I go to enough practices I am hoping my coach will give me the title of team captain. Team captains are given a certain amount of runners to give advice to and lead basically. Also, I took the PSAT again and feel confident with my score but haven’t gotten it back yet, and I am all signed up for the ACT and am studying as much as I can. I am almost halfway done with my first IA for IB Biology HL even though it is due next year. I also passed the selection phase for the Leadership Boise Academy and now have an interview that I am going to do very well on as I am prepared as can be. I am planning on doing a workout plan each weekend with my brother that is in the military so that I can pass my CFA (Candidate Fitness Assessment) with flying colors, and will be doing an advanced running club over the winter, then right after jump into track, and then as soon as that ends I will be beginning a summer swim team as well as cross country preseason. So far I have a B in Arabic II which should go back up to an A in a few days when he puts in a large essay I did, and I have a B in Language and Literature HL because of a group project that did not go as planned, but this grade should go up as soon as I finish another essay I am working on regarding a local issue in my state that I am going to try to get published. As far as Civil Air Patrol goes, I have not attended a meeting for a while because of the lack of coordination, respect, and organization I had noticed. This year I was also accepted into the National Honor Society and am getting many hours of community service from that, and I go to a new church that has a program called “Impact” which is basically a student lead community service project, which I am getting many hours from as well and putting them towards my required CAS hours for the IB Diploma. Also, I will be applying for the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar when January 3rd comes around. I will also be running for Senior Class Secretary when elections roll around. I will be taking the CFA once the summer swim team concludes. I have been searching for as many leadership opportunities as I can that I can reach for and am still in the middle of that process.
Senior year (what I am planning) - I am planning on joining the Young Americans for Freedom club (YAF) hosted by my Arabic teacher. This is a conservative, political club held at my school. I will hopefully letter in Cross Country and even be a team captain if God permits. I will also be taking Intro to Academy Leadership and Advanced Academy Leadership which are classes offered at my school. I will still be in the IB, and will be in all the second year classes including Math Analysis II SL (Calculus, etc) and IB Biology II HL and will be taking my IB exams and finishing my EE, CAS, IA’s, etc. this year. I hope that I will be able to get back into the Civil Air Patrol and rank up a few more times and continue my community service and leadership there.
So, what do you think my chances are with what I’ve done and with what I plan on doing?
Thanks for reading the long post and for your time and advice! (Please excuse any typos, it’s late at night here and I am typing on an old iPhone that has auto correct, which never works well)