1999 Phase II Scholars

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Phase II Scholars attended their second Summer Study at the University of Washington in July of 1999. During that session they worked closely with University faculty; in small groups they studied genetics, computer science, and technical communication. Throughout the year they continue to communicate via the Internet and participate in DO-IT activities, projects, and internships.

[Picture of Katrina] Katrina, '98 Scholar
My name is Katrina. I live in Bothell, WA. I'll be a senior in high school this fall. My disability is a traumatic brain injury from a bike accident at the age of five. My interests include art, history, science, and especially geneology. I enjoy helping others through difficult times by sharing my experiences and being a positive example. I work for an organization called Think First, promoting the use of bike helmets and seat belts. In May, I began an internship with Disability Resource Network, doing data entry and Web research.

[Picture of Eddie] Eddie, '98 Scholar
My name is Eddie. I am a senior in high school in Spokane, WA. I am on the golf team and president of the chess team at school. I am also involved in Future Homemakers of America (FHA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

[Picture of Shavonne] Shavonne, '98 Scholar
My name is Shavonne and I am 18 years old. This spring I graduated from high school. I live in New Orleans, LA where I have been diagnosed with glaucoma, an eye disorder. For fun I like writing poetry, reading books and acting.

[Picture of Matt] Matt, '98 Scholar
My name is Matt. I'm going to be in the 11th grade this fall in high school. I like doing high school Knowledge Bowl. My disability is a mobility impairment. I like all kinds of science and math. Having a computer and Internet access has been really great because I write really slow, but I can type really fast.

[Picture of Chris] Chris, '98 Scholar
My name is Chris. I am 16 and live in Redmond, WA. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexsia, and Dysgraphia. I enjoy chatting, hanging out with friends, playing pool, and cracking jokes.

[Picture of Chanon] Chanon, '98 Scholar
My name is Chanon. I live in Neenah, WI and graduated from high school in the spring of '99. Currently I am attending University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, majoring in Psychology, and with the possibility of minoring in English. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. Some of my interests are writing short works and poems and performing modern and ballet dance. I received four different writing awards on short pieces that I have composed. Last June, I was given a dance scholarship to go to the Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels adult workshop held in Ohio. DO-IT is a wonderful program for students like myself, who have disabilities and are seriously considering higher education.

[Picture of Marissa] Marissa, '98 Scholar
My name is Marissa. I'm 18 years old and this year I graduated from high school in Des Moines, WA (not Iowa). I have Cerebral Palsy. I'm looking forward to attending my first year of college this fall, starting out in a community college and then transferring to a university. My interests are in computer science and creative writing. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry, but most of all I take life as it comes to me, follow my dreams and have fun!

[Picture of Justin] Justin, '98 Scholar
My name is Justin and I graduated from high school in 1999. I live in Woodinville, WA. After taking a year off I will be going to college. At home, I like to play computer games and go on-line and talk to my friends. I like to go for walks and go bowling. I also like to go camping and fishing. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I would like to become a computer programmer.

[Picture of John] John, '98 Scholar
My name is John and I am a junior in high school in Washington. I have two brothers and two sisters and I am the youngest of the whole group. I participate in the Drama Club and the Knowledge Bowl team at my school. I was born with Spina Bifida which basically has caused me to be partially paralyzed from the waist down. My favorite activities include reading, computer games and role-playing. I hope to pursue a career in biology after I graduate from high school. The Internet has been very valuable to me in looking up information and communicating with my friends and relatives. DO-IT is helping me prepare for my college education.

[Picture of Crystal] Crystal, '98 Scholar
My name is Crystal and I am 17 years old. I live in Portland, OR. I am visually impaired. I am a senior in high school. I enjoy being around my friends in my free time but I don't get much of that. I love football, movies, and music. I plan to become a child counselor or a teacher once I graduate from college. Maybe I'll do both.

[Picture of Reginald] Reginald, '98 Scholar
Hello, my name is Reginald and I have Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD makes it hard for me to pay attention and stay focused on whatever I am doing. I am eighteen years old and I live in Albany, GA. I like to talk to girls, swim, play soccer, be in the band, and, most of all, make people laugh. There's nothing better than a well placed joke. After high school I plan to go to college and study to become a physical or occupational therapist.

[Picture of Khrystal] Khrystal, '98 Scholar
Hi, my name is Khrystal. I live in Spokane, WA where I graduated from high school this year. My disability is Dyslexia. I have four brothers and two sisters. I work at Shopko as a sales representative. I also work at a day care called Kid City. I plan on going to school to get my masters in early childhood development. I enjoy playing softball, volleyball, and basketball, and being with kids.

[Picture of Michael] Michael, '98 Scholar
My name is Michael. I just graduated from high school this June and I will attend the University of Alberta this fall. I am 17 years old. My disabilities are Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), neuromotor deficits, central auditory processing difficulties, Dysgraphia, and Dyslexia. My interests include computers, video production, other multimedia, disability issues and advocacy, behavioral sciences, public speaking, debate, having fun with friends and singing. This year I took private voice lessons from an opera singer and headed up my own acappella group at school. I believe that the challenges that we take on in life are ongoing battles we must face; those who succeed have found a way to win. For my next challenge I plan to take on the path toward becoming a pediatric psychiatrist.

[Picture of Silas] Silas, '98 Scholar
My name is Silas. I am 16 years old and will be a junior in high school in Washington State. My disability is a visual impairment. In my spare time I enjoy playing video games. In the future I would like to program or design computer games.

[Picture of Jessie] Jessie, '98 Scholar
Hi! My name is Jessie. I am going to be in the 11th grade in high school in Seattle, WA. I have Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My Dyslexia slows my reading speed down and also makes writing difficult. This means I have to allow more time to complete school work and tests. I am interested in foreign languages and medicine. I enjoy taking ballet class, and running track and cross country. I try not to let my disability hold me down and instead focus on finding alternative methods, learning from it, and compensating in other areas.

[Picture of Todd] Todd, '98 Scholar
My name is Todd. I will be a senior in high school this fall. I live in Bothell, WA. My disability is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My hobbies are playing games such as video games and Magic the Gathering (card game). I am currently involved in football, wrestling, and track.

[Picture of Arnell] Arnell, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Arnell. I have just graduated from high school in Washington State. My disability is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and I don't remember things that well. I enjoy math. In my spare time I like listening to Prince's music and doing stunts on my bike. The computer and the Internet help me to do school work.

[Picture of Nichole] Nichole, '98 Scholar
My name is Nichole. I'm in 12th grade. I live in Sumner, WA and I have a brother, mom, and dad. I love playing tennis, swimming, painting, and talking. I have Dwarfism, Scoliosis & Kyphosis, and Metatrophic Dysplasia. I also have no cartilage in any of my joints, so yes it's very painful. I am in an electric wheelchair, but I can walk. I love math. This year I'm going into trigonometry and pre-calc. I love astronomy and marine biology. I have the Internet at home and my own PC, so it's nice to be able to talk to people from different states and countries. DO-IT helps to give me physical independence and college experience.

[Picture of Lindsay] Lindsay, '98 Scholar
My name is Lindsay. I'm from Spokane, WA where I graduated from high school this spring. My disabilities are a hearing impairment and learning disabilities. I love gorillas and other animals. I also like to write poems. I enjoy computers.

[Picture of Corey] Corey, '98 Scholar
My name is Corey, and I graduated from high school in Washington State this year. My extracurricular activities include football, peer mediation, auto club, tech club, fish and roses club (this is a special program, combining biology with construction, aquaculture, and horticulture), and being the Cleveland Web master. Whew! My disabilities are Tourette's Syndrome, panic disorder, and epilepsy. The epilepsy causes me to lose consciousness and information stored in my head. Tourette's and anxiety problems have caused a number of social difficulties. My scientific interests are chemical engineering, biology, botany, and theoretical physics. The single most important benefit of my computer usage is that it allows my teachers to read my assignments - my handwriting and spelling are atrocious. Other benefits are being able to maintain organization (one of my biggest problems) and keeping me entertained (Believe it or not, I actually LIKE doing system setup). I made my computer swear at my dad too!

[Picture of Abe] Abe, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Abe. I am 19 years old and I will be a senior next year. My disability is a visual impairment. I live in Edmonds, WA with my parents, sister, and brother. I like reading, lifting weights, biking, playing the drums, and listening to music and books on tape.

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[Picture of Bliar] Blair, '98 Scholar
My name is Blair and I'm from Rigby, ID. I enjoy programming, model rocketry, and puzzles. I am interested in robotics and engineering.

[Picture of Emily] Emily, '98 Scholar
My name is Emily and I am from Orlando, FL. I am 17 years old and I'll be a senior in high school. My disability is Cerebral Palsy and I get around in my power wheelchair. I use Power Secretary and a laptop computer at school. My favorite class is English. Some of my hobbies include reading mythology and science fiction, surfing the Net, and e-mailing friends.

[Picture of Kimberlee] Kimberlee, '98 Scholar
My name is Kimberlee and I live in Gilbert, AZ. My interests include biology and education. I love science. I love animals and doing labs. I love math. I am in the 12th grade. I am active in lots of clubs and sports. In the Continental Drift Club, we exchange students from around the world. In Anytown we help other students and discuss multicultural-related topics. I am a manager of Highland High School track team and I know CPR. I also like to travel. I think I'd like to be a teacher or a model. I have mild Cerebral Palsy and I KNOW THAT WON'T STOP ME FROM DOING ANYTHING THAT IS HARD FOR ME.

[Picture of Justin] Justin, '98 Scholar
Hi everyone. My name is Justin. I live in the Central Adirondacks, NY. I am 18 years old and am going to be a senior in September. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. My science interests are in the fields of ecology and environmental studies. My hobbies are hiking and mountain climbing. One of my mountain climbing goals is to climb all 46 highest peaks in the world.

[Picture of Amy] Amy, '98 Scholar
My name is Amy. I'm 18 years old and I live in Minnesota. I graduated from high school this spring. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I was involved in drama at my school. In my spare time I enjoy basketball, swimming, and going to movies.

[Picture of Maggie] Maggie, '98 Scholar
Hi, my name is Maggie. I live in Cocoa Beach, FL. I will be a senior this year in high school. I have a learning disability. In my spare time I participate in my high school's flag corps and in Winterguard. I am also involved in High School/High Tech and the Beta Club. I have a summer internship at NASA. When I graduate from high school, I hope to major in chemical engineering. Working on the computer has helped me in school and in everyday activities. DO-IT lets me see what a college is like and what is expected of me.

[Picture of Brian] Brian, '98 Scholar
My name is Brian. I live in San Diego, CA. I'm in 12th grade in high school. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I took AP Calculus and AP Physics last year. I am a manager of the varsity football and baseball teams at my school. I have participated in many sports. For example, when I was young, I played little league, karate, and track and field. My favorite sport is baseball. I also have my own Web site. My motto is "Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something."

[Picture of Landon] Landon, '98 Scholar
My name is Landon. I live in Washington and I will be in 12th grade this fall. I have Methamalonic Acidemia which makes me not able to walk. I would like to become an accountant. I have been keeping track of my own stocks. I like computers, coin collecting, cards, legos, and Nintendo.

[Picture of Jessica] Jessica, '98 Scholar
My name is Jessica and I'll be in 12th grade in high school in New Mexico. My disability is Dyslexia. I enjoy drama. My hobbies are playing on the computer and hanging out with family and friends.

[Picture of Nick] Nick, '98 Scholar
My name is Nick. I am 18 years old and I graduated from high school this spring. I enjoy math, science, and computers. I enjoy watching Sports Center and hanging out with my friends. I participate in track, wrestling, and swimming teams. I am a huge sports fan and I love a good football game (Go 49ers). I hope to attend college and have a productive career.

[Picture of David] David, '98 Scholar
My name is David and I am a 12th grader from Portland, OR. I have one younger sister and one wonderful dog. I am an active member of my local Unitarian Youth Group and the MAC Club teen committee. I have congenital stationary night blindness as well as some motor deficiencies. I have interests in physics and chemistry. I am also interested in accessibility! I have an Accessibility Guide at my Web site. My hobbies include watching sports and surfing around on the Internet. I use a laptop at school to type all my work because I have poor handwriting. I couldn't survive without it. I hope that DO-IT will ease my transition to college and continue to support me through college and through the rest of life.

[Picture of Jeffrey] Jeffrey, '98 Scholar
My name is Jeffrey. I live in Kansas. In 1985 I was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare neurological condition in which the motor movement center of the brain deteriorates. This year I graduated from high school where I was Co-President of the Science Olympiad Club and a member of the Math and Spanish Clubs. I was one of the top ten in my class and I was chosen to speak at graduation. As a junior I was accepted into the National Honor Society. I am interested in all aspects of science, especially geology, earth science (plate tectonics) and paleontology. I also enjoy all sports. In fact, I played seven seasons of soccer while I was still mobile. I have been taking Karate lessons since 1986 and continue this activity from my wheelchair. DO-IT and the Internet give me access to new sources of information and knowledge to help me at school.

[Picture of Buddy] Buddy, '98 Scholar
My name is David (Buddy). I'm from Alaska and I graduated from high school this year. My disability is quadriplegia. I like baseball and hanging out with my friends, and I think "TV rocks."I have strong interests in computers and science.

[Picture of Wesley] Wesley, '98 Scholar
My name is Wesley. I live on a farm between the towns of Wolbach and Cedar Rapids in Central Nebraska. I am totally blind and will be a senior in high school in the fall. I am interested in computers, the Internet, and in physical science. I have learned some valuable lessons from the DO-IT program, and have become more aware of what disabled students can do in scientific fields through it. Some of my extracurricular activities include playing trumpet in our school's band, being on the speech team, and taking part in the Youth Leadership Team at our school. Some of my hobbies include surfing the Internet, e-mailing my friends, reading books and magazines, and listening to music. Next fall I plan to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and major in computer science. I may also take some broadcasting classes. This summer's DO-IT program allowed me to rekindle the friendships I started last year.

[Picture of John Pal] John Paul, '98 Scholar
My name is John Paul and I live in Montana. I am in 12th grade and 17 years of age. I like to do a lot of outdoor sports like skiing, hiking, biking, and mountain climbing. I'm deaf. I lost my hearing when I was 11 from a sickness. I'm a nice guy. I get along well with others. I'm also funny. I enjoy math, science, English, and history, but foreign language classes are kind of hard. What I mostly like to do is outdoor stuff, but I want to be a dentist after college.

[Picture of Jessie] Jessie, '98 Scholar
My name is Jessie and I live in Washington State. I will be a senior in high school. I have Cerebral Palsy and, as a result, use a wheelchair to get around. I enjoy Tae Kwon Do and traveling. I like math, science, and working with computer graphics. The Internet has allowed me to seek out and use reference materials via the computer. It has also allowed me to meet new people and keep in touch through e-mail. DO-IT continues to assist me in achieving my goals.

[Picture of Ivan] Ivan, '98 Scholar
My name is Ivan. I live in Timonium, MD. I graduated from high school and I will be attending St. Mary's College of Maryland in the fall. My disabilities are Cerbral Palsy and a learning disability (LD). I have interests in biology, chemistry, and physics. I was involved in the Mock Trial, Latin, and Key clubs in high school. In my spare time I enjoy watching baseball and listening to music.

[Picture of Hank] Ronald "Hank", '98 Scholar
My name is Hank. I'm from Spokane, WA and I graduated from high school this year. My disability is blindness. The DO-IT program is helping me prepare for college. Having the computer helps me get research information for school work as well as have fun and learn what's out there on the Internet. Some of my hobbies are listening to old-time radio shows and making my own radio shows for my 250-foot radio station.

[Picture of Dustin] Dustin, '98 Scholar
My name is Dustin and I live in Carmel, a northern suburb of Indianapolis, IN. I will be attending Ball State University in the fall. I have Dyslexia, which affects my spelling the most. I enjoy all sports including baseball, basketball, running, volleyball, and swimming.

[Picture of Isaiah] Isaiah, '98 Scholar
My name is Isaiah. I graduated from high school this year. I live in Oregon. My disability is Spinocerebellar Degeneration. My hobbies include travel, writing and reading.