Archive for Congressman Paul Cook

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.

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.

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.

It’s Official: Congressional Nomination

Congressional nomination to West Point, Naval Academy, and US Merchant Marine Academy

I just got my official letter from Congressman Col. Paul Cook (Ret.). I received a congressional nomination to United States Military Academy (West Point), the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

I am excited, humbled, and grateful for the nominations. I know this step gets me closer to my dream of becoming officer in the United States Miltary.

I received a JRROTC nomination to the Air Force Academy few weeks ago so I have been nominated to all the service academies.

For those that may not understand how nomination works, receiving a nomination to the academies does not guarantee you an appointment to the academy. However, not having a nomination you cannot be admitted to a service academy if you are selected. So I am closer to possibly being appointed.

Thank you Congressman Paul Cook, and huge thank you to Jan Leja and Matt Knox at Congressman Cooks office.

Thank you to Eamonn McGloin, Woody Andrews, Charlene Varela, and my dad for helping me with my prep for the nomination interview and for all those that took the time to write recommendation letters: Mr. McGloin, Col. Dente, Mr. Foster, and Col. Maldanado.

Congressional nomination to West Point, Naval Academy, and US Merchant Marine Academy

Congressional nomination to West Point, Naval Academy, and US Merchant Marine Academy

The waiting is the hardest

Congressman Col. Paul Cook, Ret., California District 8

It has been two weeks since my congressional nomination interview with Congressman Paul Cook office in California District 8, and I am still waiting for the results, sometimes that is the hardest part.

I know someone in my district who recently found out he was nominated to USNA and West Point. I was happy for his nomination it must have felt great finding out.

Hopefully, I will know my results soon. I know January 31 is deadline for the service academies to get results.

On a different subject, the other day I got TWE (Tiny White Envelope) from the Naval Academy and that kinda of scared me.

A TWE is usually a bad thing, typically a kind rejection letter. Luckily, it was just Naval Academy informing me that the Vice-President received my request for Vice-Presidential nomination.

So I sit here fingers crossed I get my nomination to my primary choice the United States Naval Academy, however, any nomination to any academy is a complete honor.

“Patiently Waiting”

Congressman Col. Paul Cook, Ret., California District 8

Congressman Col. Paul Cook, Ret., California District 8

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.

Murder Board Today at 11AM

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What is Murder Board? I learned about it at Greystone Prep School website. The Murder Board is a professional preparation for the actual congressional nomination interview.

I decided I like to do a practise interview that will happen today.

My Dad helped me get few local professionals from our community to ask me questions that where asked to other Service Academies candidates.

My congressional nomination interview with Congressman Paul Cook office is tomorrow at 3pm.

I think this will be great practise to see how I can have the best congressional nomination.

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Congressman Cook, meet and greet in Yucaipa

Congressman Paul Cook at Yucaipa Meet and Greet.

Last night, my dad and I spent evening at Yucaipa Community Center where Congressman Col. Paul Cook (ret), hosted his first meet and greet since becoming the congressman for our district. It was standing room only. I got a chance to talk with Congressman Cook, and he wished me luck in my upcoming nomination interview with his office in a few weeks.

I was sitting with my ROTC Instructors, Col. Maldonado and Tech. Sgt.

Mayor Denise Hoyt at the event as well. Did you know that Mayor is one my assistant swimming coaches and the counselor to my Yucaipa Youth Advisory Committee.

 

Congressman Paul Cook at Yucaipa Meet and Greet.

Congressman Paul Cook at Yucaipa Meet and Greet.

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

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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.

Andrew

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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.

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.

 

Samaniego chosen as delegate for Boys State

Samaniego chosen as delegate for American Legion Boys State.

This morning my dad opened the paper and saw this article in our local paper, The Yucaipa News Mirror, posted about my selection into Boy’s State Program.

It is a huge honor to learn more about how our government works and looking forward to maybe some day following steps of my congressman, Col. Paul Cook of the 8th Congressional district.

Samaniego chosen as delegate for American Legion Boys State.

Samaniego chosen asdelegate for American Legion Boys State.