So sorry for the late reply! I was an in-state student! My ACT was a 33 and my GPA was 4.0 (my school doesn’t do weighted GPA.) For EC’s, I was captain of the quick recall team, involved in a student led service organization that I was also President of for 2 years, President of NHS, heavily involved in theatre outside of school, and helped plan my school’s annual walk for autism research. I also attended the KY Governor’s School for the Arts in Drama the summer before my junior year and the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program the summer before my senior year. However, I do think the additional honors/competitive scholarship essay was a really important part of my application! I definitely recommend writing that essay and then sitting on it for a bit before submitting. The interview was also important, in my opinion. I hope that helped! Let me know if you have any more questions!