WHS graduate earns degree from UW, academic accolades
A Washougal High School valedictorian recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington.
Darcy Akers, WHS class of 2011, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering.
Akers received the 2015 Neil & Ann Hawkins Award as the top student in the CEE department, and was also honored with the 2015 College of Engineering Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence.
For the Dean’s Medal, students are selected from among those nominated by department chairs and evaluated on criteria including grades, rigor and distribution of courses, research experience, extracurricular activities and leadership.
A member of Engineers Without Borders for four years, Akers has assumed progressively larger roles in the organization. As the international project director, she managed a project in a rural Guatemalan community, which involved leading her team, authoring extensive technical reports, and managing interpersonal relationships on the ground in Guatemala.