CONGRATULATIONS! Class of 2019 nominations are in and 100% of the Greystone class has earned at least one nomination!
For those candidates seeking an appointment to the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, or the Merchant Marine Academy, they must obtain a nomination to complete their academy application requirements to be considered for an appointment. The Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination as part of its application process.
Unlike any other academy preparatory school in the nation, Greystone requires candidates to apply to all nomination sources for which they are eligible. All candidates will apply to their congressional representative from their home congressional district, their home state senators, and the Vice President – a minimum of FOUR nominations! Additionally, eligible students will also apply for the Presidential nomination (one application is sent to each academy to which they are applying).
What separates Greystone from all other programs is the amount of detailed oversight that the Greystone Staff provides for each nomination application. To ensure completion of this task before starting the UofO academic year, Greystone begins working with each candidate during the summer training process in June. Students participate in a series of online GoToWebinars in the comfort of their own homes during this period. Each session is designed to address every component of each nomination package requested by each nominating source and then work with the candidates on their applications. Most new college freshmen may be occupied with “other” things (distractions). Greystone students are busy completing the administrative requirements necessary to apply for all nominations. Completing these tasks over the summer enables the Greystone students to focus on their academics once the University of the Ozarks academic year begins. This is key to enhancing a student’s academic performance so that our University freshmen can be as competitive as possible!
Since the Greystone program’s start in 2004, 99.98% of all Greystone students have earned at least one academy nomination. Most Greystoners earn multiple nominations. For every nomination earned, the qualified candidate is afforded one opportunity to present his or her academy application package to the academy admissions board. Without a nomination, a candidate cannot be delivered to the admissions board, making the nomination a critical key in the appointment process. For that reason, Greystone is dedicated to the creation, perfection, and submission of each candidate’s nomination packages.
While finalizing their nomination packages, each Greystone student receives a list of questions that have been compiled from many years of student nomination interviews. These questions, along with a series of documents that each student writes over the summer, help the candidate realize what attending the academy means, what their service commitment means, and what their future as a military officer means to them. Through this process, the student develops a strong sense of self-confidence, self-respect, and self-esteem, which is essential to each Greystone candidate’s success.
Before their nomination interview, all Greystone students will be presented before a formal board comprised of senior military officers, University faculty and staff, and community leaders. The board members will ask the candidates questions and then evaluate their responses. Each board member is asked to write an evaluation that will be briefed to the candidate by the board after the interview is complete. The performance evaluations allow each board member to grade the candidate on their appearance, poise, and composure in how they answered each question. The intent is to provide candidates with a means to identify areas that need immediate attention and reinforce those exceptional areas. The Murder Board is a professional “Dress Rehearsal” for the actual nomination interview, whether in person, over the phone, or a video teleconference.
Clearly, given our students’ success rate earning their nominations, Greystone students are truly prepared for their nomination interviews. How a candidate presents themself to their nomination board means everything when it is time for the board to determine who receives their nomination. As they say, you only get one chance to make a great first impression. At Greystone, we are very serious about the entire nomination process, and therefore, our students are prepared to impress not only those on the nomination board but all who they meet and interact with during their year at Greystone. Greystone students know that as academy candidates, more is expected of them professionally. Therefore, our candidates must begin and sustain a process of professional development and maturity. These characteristics will signify to all they meet and interact with that they are academy material and worthy of full consideration for a nomination and appointment. Greystone students don’t dream about going to an academy – they live it every day. Much is expected of them, but much is earned by those candidates who are serious about competing for their nominations and appointments
If you are searching for a prep school that is entirely focused on putting forth all effort to assist you across the broad spectrum of the nomination and academy application requirements, then you should seriously consider Greystone.