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Speaking Engagement -Fire up for Scouting

Builing Fire for Speed

I will be speaking this Wednesday evening at Boy Scout event, Fired Up For Scouting. Looking forward to sharing my story. See Details below

Army ROTC Scholarship

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Last year, I started my journey to attend college and I applied to all the service academies and civilian schools and finally for the ARMY & NAVY ROTC Scholarships. Although,

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Our Yucaipa Youth Commission got to visit the new El Dorado park here in Yucaipa. It is a nature preserve with trails for hikers, horse back riding or bicyclist. It

Kitty Hawk Air Society

Kitty Hawk Air Society

I received my official Kitty Hawk Air Society certificate. The Kitty Hawk Air Society (KHAS) is the Honor Society for the AFJROTC program. The purpose of the KHAS is to

Appointment to Unites States Merchant Marine Academy

I am honored by the Appointment to Merchant Marine Academy.

I am honored to have received an appointment to United States Merchant Marine Academy. I wanted to personally thank Congressman Paul Cook for the nomination to the academy. However, since I have

Speaking Engagement -Fire up for Scouting

Builing Fire for Speed

I will be speaking this Wednesday evening at Boy Scout event, Fired Up For Scouting. Looking forward to sharing my story. See Details below

Fired Up For Scouting

Army ROTC Scholarship

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Last year, I started my journey to attend college and I applied to all the service academies and civilian schools and finally for the ARMY & NAVY ROTC Scholarships.

Although, I signed my letter of intent for the United States Naval Academy Prep School at the Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island. It is interesting to see what could have happen.

Last week, I found out I was awarded a full ARMY ROTC scholarship to the University of Texas in San Antonio. I also received acceptances to Texas A&M and UC Riverside.

I mention in a earlier post I also received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.I am curious still curious if I will receive any offers from Air Force Academy or West Point. They are supposed to notify us by April 15th.

It was neat getting the letter below.

 

Full Scholarship to University of Texas.

Full Scholarship to University of Texas.

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Our Yucaipa Youth Commission got to visit the new El Dorado park here in Yucaipa. It is a nature preserve with trails for hikers, horse back riding or bicyclist. It is truly beautiful and only about 1 mile from my home.

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Kitty Hawk Air Society

Kitty Hawk Air Society

I received my official Kitty Hawk Air Society certificate. The Kitty Hawk Air Society (KHAS) is the Honor Society for the AFJROTC program. The purpose of the KHAS is to further instill cadet Leadership and Teamwork qualities. In a manner similar to other Honor Societies, “Kitty Hawkers” are required to maintain a 3.0 weighted GPA with no grade below a “C”. Specific KHAS objectives are: to promote higher academic standards; be of service to the school and community; promote excellence, integrity, and initiative; develop leadership ability; encourage academic excellence, and further educational development in post high school years. KHAS members also serve in key leadership positions throughout the corps.

I had the honor to restarting this program at Yucaipa High Schoool

Kitty Hawk Air Society

Appointment to Unites States Merchant Marine Academy

I am honored by the Appointment to Merchant Marine Academy.

I am honored to have received an appointment to United States Merchant Marine Academy. I wanted to personally thank Congressman Paul Cook for the nomination to the academy. However, since I have accepted an appointment to United States Naval Academy Prep School, I will be turning down this appointment and I know someone else will have the honor to attend this amazing school.

Mr Friend King Scooby Samaniego

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I adopted King Scooby Samaniego
At the age of seven. Yes, I named him after King Kong and Scooby doo and I chose him, while we were at the Redlands animal shelter he was the only one who didn’t bark, a black German Shepard/Rottweiler mix . Cage number 9.

I grew up with King teaching him simple tricks like fetch, sit, high five, and go to bed(but all he would do was lay down). He always whined but never barked unless there was an intruder. My favorite memories of him were when he would roll over on his back and I would scratch his belly.

My only regret is not taking him on a camping trip. The last thing I wanted him to experience.

With him gone now, the house feels a little less happy, a little more empty, just like the feelings of our hearts.

Some people have told me that King left because he sensed I was too was soon going to be leaving. His job as my dog was done. If this is true , it is not fair: for Bella, for minie(his gf) or for the rest of the family.

When he passed, I never have cried so much and felt more pain than any loss.
Inside I feel abandoned, anger, sadness and emptiness. But I know we will soon be together in our next life.

RIP King,
I will always love you.
-Andrew

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Pre-Pop Nye Training

And the winner is....

We had our pre-pop nye training and Chili Cookoff this weekend. I was teaching the scouts map and compass. It was a great 3 day campout. I got to give out the Rhino Presentation award to the Ice Hawk Patrol. Congradulations to Icehawks.

Redlands Daily Facts Paper

Andrew Samaniego of Yuca... U.S. Naval Prep School

Andrew Samaniego of Yuca... U.S. Naval Prep School

 

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Yucaipa News Mirror: Yucaipa High School senior accepts US Naval Academy Prep School offer

Yucaipa High School Senior Accepts US Naval Academy Prep School Offer

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Yucaipa High School Senior Accepts US Naval Academy Prep School Offer

Offer to Texas A&M

I got my offer to my 1st choice civilian school. But I decided to take my Naval Academy offer.

Just found out I was accepted to Texas A&M. I would have been honored to be part of the legendary Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. However, I signed my letter of intent already Naval Academy Prep School.

I got my offer to my 1st choice civilian school. But I decided to take my Naval Academy offer.

I got my offer to my 1st choice civilian school. But I decided to take my Naval Academy offer.

The Making of an Officer – USNA (VIDEO)

USNA Midshipman

I found this great documentary called, “The Making of an Officer,” at the United States Naval Academy. It is great insight what I have to look forward to for next 5 years.

 

 

Signed my acceptance letter to USNA

USNA Prep Offer ready for the mail.

It’s official I signed my acceptance letter to the United States Naval Academy Prep School. Upon satisfactory completion of the 10 month program, I will become part of the Class of 2019 at the Academy.

The USNA was always my first choice, and there is no reason for me to wait.

Signing my USNA Prep Offer

Signing my USNA Prep Offer

USNA Prep Offer ready for the mail.

USNA Prep Offer ready for the mail.

Naval Academy Class of 2019

I was appointed USNA Prep School.

Just got the best Valentine gift ever from the Dean of Admissions of The United States Naval Academy. I will be attending the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School.

I was accepted to the United States Naval Academy Prep School in Newport Rhode Island.

The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) is located on Naval Station Newport in historic Newport, Rhode Island. The Naval Academy Preparatory School is the Navy’s fourth oldest school; only the Naval Academy, Naval War College, and Naval Post Graduate School are older.

The mission of the Naval Academy Preparatory School is to enhance midshipman candidates’ moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the U.S. Naval Academy. The ten-month course of instruction at NAPS, lasting from August through May, emphasizes preparation in English Composition, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Information Technology.

As long as I complete the program successfully, I admitted directly to USNA for the Class of 2019.

After attending my candidate visit weekend at Naval Academy in the Fall, I learned a lot about Prep program and in all honestly I really wanted to attend the prep program first. I know the extra 10 months of academic work will help me exceed at the academy. Every cadet that went to program talk about how great it was, so I can’t wait to leave this summer.

Now it’s time to enjoy my last 4 1/2 months of school, family, and friends.

My dream has come true. Thank you to all my friends, family, and supporters for encouraging me and believing in me.

Keynote Speaker at California BSA’s Inland Empire Council Award Dinner

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I was honored to speak at the California Inland Empire Council’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner last night the Moreno Vally Conference and Recreation Center.

I was asked by Paul Foster, Mayor-Pro Tem of the City of Redlands, and Executive Board Member of the CIEC council to speak at this event.

The title of my speech was, “What Being an Eagle Scout Means to Me.”

Grand Opening Ceremony of El Dorado Park in Yucaipa

Yucaipa ROTC Color Guard

On Friday, I led the  Yucaipa High School Color Guard at the Grand Opening to El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. It was amazing 300+ acre park in Yucaipa in the foothills before Oak Glen. It was a nice surprise when Matt Knox, Congressman Paul Cook, District Coordinator, congratulated me for my recent nomination to the academies at the event.