June 8, 2011
When Nick Birger made his commitment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 2007, he said he was determined to give it his best shot.
His best shot has turned out to be a pretty good one. Birger, 22, a graduate of Belleville West High School, recently graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with highest honors, including the Order of Merit and won two years of graduate work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University studying international and government affairs.
He graduated with a 4.0 average with a degree in political science. He is the son of Barnard Birger Jr. and Karen Leskera.
In the academy's 2011 Program for the Presentation of Prizes and Awards, Birger's name appears 13 times for superior leadership, highest standing in the professional courses, highest cumulative military professional quality point average and highest in order of merit, among other honors.
He excelled on the tennis team where he was the 2011 Patriot League Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He broke the Navy and the league record with 73 victories in doubles competition in his four-year career. He was team captain as a senior.
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