Haw graduates from Coast Guard Academy with high honors

Haw graduates from Coast Guard Academy with high honorsFormer Ridgecrest resident Jacob Haw was among the 2020 graduates from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he completed his journey with high honors.

Jacob was born to Johnny and Maida Haw in Davao City, Philippines. He attended Sakya Academy and Stella Maris Academy before moving to the U.S. with his family, including sister Merielle Haw, at age 7.

After moving to Ridgecrest he attended Richmond Elementary School, Murray Middle School and Burroughs High School, where he graduated in the top 10 in his class. He was also captain of both the city swim club and his school team. He was voted California Division 3 Male Student Athlete of the year.

After graduating from high school, Jacob entered the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The program places an emphasis on academics, sports, and military leadership. Jacob earned a bachelor’s degree with high honors in operations research and computer analysis, played club water polo for three seasons and swam varsity for one season, and served as a board member for the Asian Pacific American Council for two years.

Some of his most valuable lessons learned were from overcoming adversity in the three pillars, including the long nights spent studying with friends, practicing water polo in the Thames River, or planning morale activities during the government shutdown of 2019.

Since joining the Coast Guard, Jacob has been on the Barque EAGLE, USCGC HAMILTON, and USCGC WASHINGTON, indoctrinated the Class of 2022, and worked with the Selective Service to analyze their current methods and improve them. His next assignment is to serve as a Deck Watch Officer onboard the USCGC STRATTON in Alameda.

Pictured: Merielle, Jacob, Johnny and Maida Haw. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-06-05