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YHS 2008 Co-Valedictorian Akel Hashim accepted for PhD program at the University of California – Berkeley


Akel Hashim
Photo courtesy: Mr. Hashim, used with permission.



– 2008 YCS Grad Akel Hashim gets accepted to UC Berkeley for Doctoral Degree
Akel Hashim has received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship to pursue a doctoral degree and has been accepted for admission into the University of California-Berkeley to pursue this training. Hashim will be focusing his research on plasma physics. This is quite an achievement for a Yelm Community Schools (YCS) grad!

Hashim told the Yelm Community Blog, “This is an incredible opportunity to get my PhD from a world-class institution, and because I have my own funding [via the NSDEG Fellowship], I will have my choice of research advisor and project.”


– About 2008 Yelm High School Co-Valedictorian Akel Hashim
As reported on this Blog in 2009:
Akel Hashim and Charlotte Seidel were co-Valedictorians in the 2008 Yelm High School (YHS) graduating class, both achieving a 4.0 GPA. Mr. Hashim gave a moving graduation speech to his fellow classmates challenging them to take the education and experiences they acquired here in Yelm out into the world and soar to new heights.
Click here for Hashim’s inspirational speech.

After graduating from YHS, Mr. Hashim was the recipient of several scholarships and chose his undergraduate work at UW in Seattle. He told the Yelm Community Blog in early 2009 that he intended to get a PhD in Physics, specifically quantum mechanics [his focus has now changed from quantum mechanics to plasma physics]. Hashim added, “Simply put, I decided it comes down to what I want to do, not based on the job market, because I can always create wealth.” He graduated after majoring in Physics, Spanish and Astronomy.

Akel is the son of Yelm residents Rosalie Saecker and Bill & Suzanne Hashim. His sisters Sahalie and Sarrah are also YCS grads.


– Editor’s note:
This is huge news for Yelm Community Schools in truly demonstrating what our local students can do with a great attitude, focus and intent. Hashim’s 2008 graduation speech spoke of his class’s potentials and he always said he would go for a PhD in Physics. He is accomplishing exactly what he stated was his goal almost a decade ago.
BRAVO and congratulations to Akel and his entire family!

Posted by Steve on May 2, 2017 at 12:05 am | Permalink

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