- He took his "candidate fitness assessment" on Sunday, Sept. 21. We finally found a middle school that had all the facilities needed--a basketball court, pull-up bars, and a track, all in close proximity. Thankfully Nathan is not even an inch taller though, or the pull-bars would have been too small for him to dead-hang without his feet touching the ground. The CFA consists of 6 events, done in order, with specified start, stop, and rest times. It is designed so that you have finished the first 5 events and started on the run within 30 minutes. First is the basketball throw, which is weird (you kneel and hurl a basketball with one hand as far as possible), but Nathan read some good posts about how to improve this event by using physics and your core. Second is pull-ups, then the shuttle run, and then sit-ups. Next is push-ups, and last is the mile run. Nathan had taken a practice CFA at the USAFA Summer Seminar, and he did pretty much the same here as he had done there, except that one was not run as an official one, so there was more rest time in between events. He did well, and yay--that was the last big thing to finish for his USAFA application!
- He got word that he is "qualified" from the DoDMERB board, which means he passed all his medical stuff. They ask a ton of questions on all the paperwork you have to fill out before the actual appointments, so you have to dredge up stuff from long ago. In Nathan's case, it was a contact allergy to metal he had when he was really little. I had to sew material over the snaps on his onesies so he wouldn't break out in a little rash, but we never saw a doctor for it or anything. And more recently, he had a rash when wearing a cheap watch from Walmart. So DoDMERB wanted clarification on that. Fortunately, he didn't have to see a doctor or anything, just write about that in the follow-up paperwork they sent. We were glad that they didn't have any further questions, and that he is medically cleared now! That qualification is good for 2 years, and it is good for all the service academies, as well as ROTC.
- He interviewed with our congressman's nomination panel Wednesday night. He thought it went well. He felt prepared for the questions, and he felt he was able to get across the points he was trying to make. I think he is becoming more comfortable interviewing, what with all this practice he's getting! He has an interview with a senator coming up as well. I thought they had to interview everyone who put in an application, but that doesn't seem to be the case for the senators, only the House of Representatives member. So it seems like this interview is definitely one of those "It's an honor to have made it this far" deals, since there were over 700 applicants, and possibly as few as 45 interviewees. We haven't heard from the other senator, but actually, it doesn't sound like the VA senators give nominations to people who already have Presidential nominations, so it is probably a moot point anyway. But more good interview practice, for sure!
- He's taking his very last SAT on Saturday, missing a cross-country meet to do so, which does not make him happy. But then he's done with high school standardized tests, except for APs in May! Yay!
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Verity has had a lot of attention lately; let's talk about Nathan now!