Committing to Leadership

Scripps Ranch resident Jake Danzer was recently sworn into the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) Class of 2021. He was on the varsity water polo and varsity swim teams at Mt. Carmel High School, and will be competing on the USCGA swim team.

“It is an honor to be accepted to the Coast Guard Academy, and I look forward to not only earning my bachelor of science degree and competing on the Bears swim team, but also serving my country in the United States Coast Guard,” shared Jake, who also attended Creekside Elementary School and Meadowbrook Middle School. His family lives in Stonebridge Estates, and his mother, Lisa Danzer, is the principal at Stone Ranch Elementary School.

The USCGA is located in New London, CT, and is the smallest of the country’s five military service academies. Admission in highly competitive, with fewer than 400 acceptances from a pool of over 2,200 applicants. Like his classmates, Jake receives a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend for a five-year service commitment to the Coast Guard upon graduation. All graduates are guaranteed a leadership position as a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard.

Jake added, “I realize this is not the typical college experience that I’ve signed up for, and I’m excited to receive my education and training alongside other cadets from all across the United States.”