Academic Spotlight: Jack Timberlake, Naval Academy

Jack Timberlake will join an esteemed group of men and women in July when he starts his college career at the U.S. Naval Academy. It’s a privilege the 18-year-old does not take lightly.

“Getting into a service academy is a very long and stressful process followed by a rigorous four years of military training and high-level schooling,” said the Waubonsie Valley High School senior. “Anyone considering it should understand what they are getting into and truly want it.”

And Timberlake does.

His grandfather Ray Davis and his great uncle Jack Cummings both graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in 1947.

“It allows me to continue a very long family tradition of serving in the military, a line that has been traced back to the Revolutionary War,” Timberlake said. “It is a very proud and humbling feeling to know I’ll be telling similar stories to the ones they once shared with me.”

The Naperville teen was nominated by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville).

“I am proud to be nominating 21 talented young men and women to attend a United States Military Service Academy,” said Foster in a written release. “Their dedication and commitment to serving our country is a model for us all. I am honored to represent them in Congress and to nominate them for this opportunity.”

Timberlake said Waubonsie “did an incredible job preparing me for this upcoming phase of my life.”

“The teachers are incredible; they all truly want every student to succeed at their highest potential no matter what level of classes they are in,” he said. “Waubonsie also has so many opportunities to stay involved, whether it’s in a sport, club or any extracurricular activity. There really is something for everyone.”

Waubonsie Valley teacher Steve Skorup has known Timberlake since his freshman year, and said he is not surprised by the appointment.

“Jack is one of those students who serve as a reminder why someone has gone into a teaching or coaching career,” Skorup said. “Jack was always a hard-working type of person, but I have been able to watch him grow and mature into a candidate the Naval Academy would accept.”

Principal Jason Stipp shared the sentiment.

“Jack is one of the many students that make Waubonsie Valley High School such a special place,” Stipp said. “In watching him compete as a wrestler and take great pride in his studies, I have always been impressed. We are proud of him and his future service to our country.”

Timberlake will report to Annapolis on July 1 for Induction Day. He hopes to major in mechanical engineering or systems and weapons engineering.