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Accepted to US States Air Force Academy Prep


This afternoon I received an email that I was just accepted to US States Air Force Academy Prep School at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. I was curious that I had not heard anything. This was the last military academy that I had not heard from after applying to all five.

Although, I am completely humbled and honored by the offer by the US Air Force Academy. I have already accepted my officer to Naval Academy Prep School and have to report to Naval Station, Newport Rhode Island on July 22, 2013


US Air Force Academy Prep School

US Air Force Academy Prep School

Army ROTC Scholarship


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.

Congressional Nomination Interview – Done

Andrew Samaniego

Today, my dad drove me up to Apple Valley to do my congressional nomination interview with Congressman Paul Cook’s office. There were 3 military representatives along with a local community leader and a member of Congressman Cook. I felt good after the interview and they said we should find out the results in a few weeks.

So now I am finally finished with applying and interviewing to 5 Service Academies, 9 colleges and two ROTC scholarship interviews.

The waiting game has begun and now it’s time for him to just enjoy that last 6 months of high school.

Andrew Samaniego

Andrew Samaniego

Murder Board was a success.

"Murder Board" - This was my prep for my congressional interview.

Just finished up my “Murder Board.” It was a great “mock” interview to prepare for my congressional nomination interview.  I got some great advice on how to improve my interview. I ready for tomorrow Congressional nomination interview with Congressman Paul Cook office. Thank you to Woody AndrewsEamonn McGloin, and Charlene Varela and my Dad for helping put this together.

"Murder Board" - This was my prep for my congressional interview.

“Murder Board” – This was my prep for my congressional interview.

Reminder don't shake my legs.

Reminder don’t shake my legs.

Congressional Interview with Col. Paul Cook

Nomination Panel Interview with Paul Cooks Office

I was just notified that my congressional interview with Col. Paul Cook(ret) office is on January 4, 2014.

I am excited about this interview and looking forward to sharing with the panel my desire to serve my country. The one thing that has prepared me for this interview has been the last five years of interviews with the Boy Scouts. Every rank advancement we had to do a skills review, scoutmaster interview and board reviews. Thank God for scouting.

I am planning on doing a “mock” board review with the help of some of the scout parents to help me better prepare for my nomination panel interview. I am going to trying to get that done in next couple weeks.

I am asking for nomination to Naval Academy, West Point, Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy. My application to all the academies is complete except the Merchant Marine Academy. I have few more items to finish up this next week on the Merchant Marine Academy.

Here is the letter I received from Congressman Cooks office.


Nomination Panel Interview with Paul Cooks Office

Nomination Panel Interview with Paul Cooks Office


JRROTC Nomination to Air Force Academy and Vice Presidential Nomination

VP Nomination

It’s been a really busy week working towards my post high school educational plans.

I took my Army ROTC scholarship interview at Pitzer College in Claremont, California on Thursday.

Then yesterday, I found out when I logged into my Air Force Academy Admission site,  they received a JRROTC nomination that I sent in a few months ago. That was pretty exciting, hopefully I will get awarded that nomination. I also submitted my Vice-Presidential nomination online and still waiting to hear from Congressman Paul Cook office for my congressional interview.

I know I still have a long way to go to get admitted to any of the military academies. I have been planning on my backup plans as well.

I have submitted applications to 8 other colleges just in case I am not admitted to any of the academies or their prep school programs.



JROTC Nomination Recieved at Air Force Academy

VP Nomination

Vice-President Nomination was submitted today

Congressional Nomination Turned into Congressman Paul Cooks Office

Dropping off nomination at Congressman Cooks office in Yucaipa.

I just got home today, from my Naval Academy 4 day visit. It was a great time and learned a lot about the Air Force Academy. However, it was cold all 4 days, the temperature during the football game last night was 13 degrees.

I will be posting pictures of the trip, on my blog.

Today is a huge day.

I came straight home from the airport and went to Congressman Paul Cooks office to turn in my congressional nomination package. It is one of the single most important things to do while applying for the academy, without, the nomination you cannot be accepted to any academy.

The only other nomination I need to finish is the Vice-President nomination.

This was my congressional nomination package.

This was my congressional nomination package.

Dropping off nomination at Congressman Cooks office in Yucaipa.

Dropping off nomination at Congressman Cooks office in Yucaipa.

Air Force Academy Pictures from my visit

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Here was just few of the pictures I took at the Air Force Academy during my visit.

Air Force Academy Day 2

Air Force Academy in Snow

Today is Day 2 at Air Force Academy. People here are great and chill. So this is short post because I have no WIFI here, I just got internet access for a few minutes. Looking forward to cold football game tomorrow, Air Force vs San Diego State. It is supposed to Snow.

Air Force Academy in Snow

Air Force Academy in Snow

Redlands Daily Facts Newspaper – Our Town Section

Samaniego In our local paper November 10, 2013

I saw this in the Redlands Daily Facts. Last Tuesday, it always nice to see someone recognize some of your accomplishments.

Samaniego In our local paper November 10, 2013

Samaniego In our local paper November 10, 2013


Local Senior Stays Busy on His Way To Military Career

Andrew Samaniego - Yucaipa News Mirror
Andrew Samaniego - Yucaipa News Mirror

Andrew Samaniego – Yucaipa News Mirror

Air Force Academy Interview is complete

Andrew Samaniego Air Force Academy Interview

I went to the home of the Air Force Laison Officer Col. Alejandre for my official Air Force Academy interview. It was a great interview. It lasted just under 2 hours.

He was really impressed with my resume and said it always helps the ALO with their reports back the academy. I just need to submit my Candidate Fitness Test and finish up my essays for the application and my application is complete.

I just have three more interviews I need to complete, my West Point, Navy ROTC, and Army ROTC interviews.

Air Force Academy has moved up my interview date

Present Arms!

I got message from my Dad that the Air Force Academy wanted to moved up my interview date from January to next week to be considered under their early notification program.

I am here at the Naval Academy having amazing time at candidate visit weekend.

I get home tomorrow, I have speech on Sunday at church and then I am attending my friends, Jonathon Stanley, Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday.

Congressman Paul Cook Service Academy Night in Yucaipa

Samaniego wearing Midshipman Hat at Service Academy Night

Last Night, Congressman Paul Cooks Office had a service academy night at Yucaipa Community Center. The local representatives from the Naval Academy, West Point and the Air Force Academy where at the event.

It was a surprised to see my Naval Academy, Blue and Gold Officer, Don Riojas at the event. The last time I saw him he was interviewing me for the Naval Academy.

I had a chance to speak to Col. Leja. He is the local resident that was the first student from Yucaipa High School to attend the Air Force Academy and I also found out he started the Air Force JROTC program at Yucaipa High School.

He is now retired from Air Force and is an American Airline pilot.

I was really surprised to see how few students show up to this great event. I honestly believe that more people need to find out about all the service academy and what a great opportunity it is not only to get unbelievable education, but more importantly give us a chance to serve our country. I would like to come back to my community in the future and promote the service academy to our youth. I will put that on my wish list.

At the Naval Academy table, Mr. Riojas had a hat from the Naval Academy, and I got a chance with his permission to try it on, and it was a perfect fit.

Is this picture below a look into my future? I hope so? But for now it is a sit an wait for the admission to go through my file and make a decision.

I will just continue working hard at school, swim team, scouts, and keep taking the SAT and ACT exams.

Thank you to Congressman Col. Paul Cook, Ret., Matt Knox, and Jan Leja for putting this event today.

Samaniego wearing Midshipman Hat at Service Academy Night

Samaniego wearing Midshipman Hat at Service Academy Night

Trip to Air Force Academy Canceled Due To Government Shutdown!

Air Force Academy

I got the email from the Air Force Academy. That due to the current government shutdown they have cancelled my 4-day visitation to the Academy. I was ready to go, and all my teachers gave me my homework assignments. But it is a no-go!

They did reschedule the trip to November 19-22th. Hopefully the government is back up and working by that week.

I still have my official candidate visit plan for the Naval Academy in two weeks. I just hope that it is not cancelled as well. I know my Congressman Col. Paul Cook is doing his best to get us going again.