Archive for August 2013

Heading back to Annopolis


That is right, I am going back to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

I received message from the USNA and it said:

We would like to offer you the opportunity to spend a weekend at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. …This visit program is offered to only select group of candidates. You will have to opportunity to attend classes, participate in sporting activities, lodge in the dormitories, and tor the excellent facilities at the USNA.

Originally I didn’t think I was going to be able to attend due to cost airline tickets back to the East Coast (not cheap).

But my parents told to register for the program and let them figure out the plane tickets.

So I have been confirmed for the weekend of October 17-19th.

I keep you all posted.


Medical Qualified :-)


I just heard few days ago that my Department of Defense Medical Examination came back as “Qualified.”

That is best possible news I could have received.

Now back to studying for ACT.



Blue and Gold Officer Interview for the Naval Academy

This was Mr. Riojas during my Naval Academy Blue and Gold Interview.

Yesterday, I had my Blue and Gold Officer Interview with Mr. Riojas in my home. I was a little nervous, but Mr. Riojas was a great guy and made the interview very comfortable.

He is the father of a Naval Academy graduate. His daughter graduated this year and is now going to flight school in Florida.

My interview was almost 3 hours long. All my Boy Scout, Scoutmaster and Board of Review interviews made this interview easier than I thought. Thank God, for scouting.

The Naval Academy want’s to make sure they have a good picture of us as candidates, so it is the Blue and Gold officers to be the eyes and ears for the Naval Academy.


This was Mr. Riojas during my Naval Academy Blue and Gold Interview.

This was Mr. Riojas during my Naval Academy Blue and Gold Interview.

Dean of The Naval Academy Visits with Andrew Samaniego

That is hard to believe, but that is what actually happen.

Last week while, I was in Devil Pups I received an invitation for a rare opportunity to visit with Dean Latta, The Dean of Admission for the United States Naval Academy.

So my parents had to leave from our Yosemite camping trip 1 day early to make sure I got to this meeting, that was held at Congressman Mark Takano office in Riverside.

I was expecting to see at least 50+ people at this event and was surprised to see only 6 total candidates in the room and their parents.

He spent almost 3 hours with us explaining the process of getting admitted. I was even more surprised when Dean Latta mentioned he wanted to speak with me one-on-one and he pulled out my file and told me what was good and what I need to do to become an even stronger candidate.

I truly appreciated this rare opportunity. Thank you Dean Latta.


I am leaving Congressman Takanos office after some one-on-one time with Dean Latta

I am leaving Congressman Takano office after some one-on-one time with Dean Latta

Summer Finale: 31 Mile Backing in Yosemite and Climb Half Dome

On the top of half dome.

My summer vacation comes to a close. I just spent the last 4 1/2 days doing a 31 mile backpacking trip through Yosemite National Park with my Boy Scout Troop 11 and my parents and my 6 year old little sister.

On Day 3 of the hike we climb to Half Dome after 1 hour hike up to sub dome and then to the bottom of the cables. I just got on those cables and pulled myself up and reach the top Half Dome.

What an amazing experience to be in such a beautiful place.

We ended the day with a 10 mile trek to the Yosemite Valley, although it was all done hill it was one of the toughest hikes and yes, my sister did all 31 miles of hiking including climbing up half dome.

What an awesome summer. Here are just a few things I completed in our short summer vacation:

  • United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar – 7 Days
  • California Boys State Program – 7 Days
  • Air Force JROTC Summer Leadership School – 7 Days
  • Marine Corp Devil Pup as Eagle – 14 Days
  • Yosemite 31 Mile Backpacking Trip – 4 Days

School starts in 14 days, so I need to start studying for ACT exams.