Midshipman 1st Class Jacob Wirz ’13 graduated in the top one percent of his class from the United States Naval Academy in May, receiving bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics with a minor in Chinese.
He was also commissioned as a U.S. Naval officer and is the top Surface Warfare Officer select (SWO) in his class of approximately 1,062 midshipmen. Jacob will now attend the University of Oxford, where he will pursue a master’s degree in global governance and diplomacy. Following his studies at Oxford, he will serve as an SWO aboard the USS Porter, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
During his time at the Naval Academy, Jacob served as the president of Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society. He also co-founded the academy’s Constitutional Society, a forum dedicated to civil discourse and debate. Additionally, he served as the VIP Director for the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, the largest undergraduate foreign affairs conference in the world. He was also selected as an Undergraduate Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Jacob participated in the Midshipmen Action Group, which is an active community service group.
During the course of his Naval Academy training, Jacob interned at the Center for Naval Analysis, travelled to Israel on a military cultural-immersion program, and participated in additional military trainings including ground, submarines, and ships on the U.S. West Coast and in Europe.