Sam’s Smart Decision


Sam with her certificate of commitment.

Sofia Mattera, Staff Writer

The seniors are headed off to college, while Sam Schaumloffel is on her way to the Naval Academy.

Sam, a 2023 graduate, is taking a different path than her peers. While many are attending colleges around the country, Sam decided to commit to the Naval Academy. In the beginning of July  she will start her training at the Academy. 

“I chose the Naval Academy because I wanted to become a leader within our country while also getting unique experience for college life. I wanted to go to a place where I can be both academically and physically challenged,” she said. When Sam went to visit, she also felt a strong connection with the other shipmen.

Requirements for the Naval Academy are very different from requirements for regular colleges. Sam explained, “I had to take a fitness test, medical exam, a congressional nomination, and fill out a specific application.”

After the Academy, Sam plans to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Navy or Marine Corps. She said, “I am interested in becoming a Naval pilot, nuclear engineer, or a surface warfare officer.”

Although the change might be difficult and take some adjusting, Sam is excited to pursue her career and can’t wait to see what the future holds! Go Navy!