ARTICLE BY - Captain Karl Falken

HOUSTON, Texas – On August 8, 2014, TX-179 has two cadet members, C/1Lt Alexander Huff and C/1Lt Samantha Branum, who have graduated high school and are matriculating onto college. Both see their time in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as helpful and pivotal in preparing them for higher education.

Alexander, or “Alex” as he likes to be called, graduated this year from Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. He has been accepted to Texas A&M University, Galveston campus. There he is enrolled in the Marine Transportation degree program. Following graduation, his goal is to become the Captain of a Cruise Ship and eventually be on the corporate team of a cruise ship company. Alex credits his mother, Elena Huff, with inspiring him with the vision to attend college. He adds that CAP gave him opportunities to develop leadership skills, personal strength, and practical experience in teamwork and military culture. These have helped him prepare for the independence and self-discipline necessary to succeed at the college level.

His advice to college bound cadets is “Do more and go out of your way to accomplish the things you want. Be creative and enthusiastic.”

Samantha, or “Sam” as she likes to go by, graduated from the Texas Virtual Academy. This is a fully online ResponsiveEd® charter school that is accredited through The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Southern Association of College and Schools Council (SACS). She plans to attend the University of Houston (UH) where Sam is enrolled in the school of Mechanical Engineering.

Her long term career goal is to become a mechanical engineer and design more efficient machines. She’d like to work at either NASA or Lockheed-Martin. Sam has wanted to go to college as long as she can remember, and credits her parents with being very encouraging and motivational in her endeavors. She adds that CAP is one of the main reasons she received a full ride scholarship to the University of Houston. Through the Cadet Programs in CAP, she was inspired to join the military. As a result she applied for and received a full Navy ROTC scholarship. Because of her application to UH and the high test scores required for ROTC, she was competitive for another scholarship she also received called the Tier One. Aside from the scholarship, CAP has taught her numerous skills, such as discipline, time management and leadership. Sam attributes part of her success to this.

Sam advises college bound cadets to study for the Scholastic Assessment Test, (SAT[1]) to achieve the best scores possible. Those scores will matter in the long run. She also said that 1Lt Salvatore “Torre” LoDolce and Maj Alyson White, the squadron commander, have been amazing mentors. They are the ones who inspired her and taught her what real servant leadership looks like. Without them, she believes she definitely wouldn’t be where she is today.

 

Alex Huff

Alex Huff

Alex Huff

Alex Huff

Maj Charles R. Walters & C/1Lt Samantha Branum

Sam Branum

Sam Branum

Sam Branum

 
 

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