'96 Ambassadors


[Group Picture of '96 Scholars]

DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with the younger DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and careers.

David | Cheri | Daniel | Lucas | Maria | Michael | Rebecca | Anh | Travis | James | Kevin | Dana | Joshua | Zachary | David | Chris | John | Katrina | Jodi |

[Picture of David] David, '96 Scholar
My name is David. All my friends call me Trek. I am 20 and a college student at Eastern Washington University, majoring in microbiology. In what little free time I have I like to sleep, watch TV, play on my computer, and hang out with friends in the dorm. I hope to one day get a Ph.D. in either bacteriology or virology and teach at the college. I was an Intern at Summer Study '99.

[Picture of Cheri] Cheri, '96 Scholar
Hey there. My name is Cheri and I am from Iowa. I am a paraplegic as a result of a farm accident when I was one. I am very active in wheelchair track and I attend the University of Arizona to race and major in molecular and cellular biology. My goals are to someday be a physician who works with disabled children, and to win gold in the Paralympics in Sydney in October of 2000. I was an Intern at Summer Study '99.

[Picture of Daniel] Daniel, '96 Scholar
My name is Daniel and I'm 20 years old. I live in Connecticut. In 1990, I was in a bicycle accident in which I hit my head. My head was X-rayed and a brain tumor was found. After an operation to remove the tumor, I could do absolutely nothing. Now I can do almost anything that other kids can do, except that my balance is a little bit off. I love computers. I taught myself programming when I was ten and I like making programs in Visual Basic. I am now a junior at Eastern Connecticut State University where I am majoring in computer science. Someday I hope to get a job doing computer programming.

[Picture of Lucus] Lucas, '96 Scholar
My name is Lucas and I am in my third year at Western Oregon University. I am pursuing a B.A. in public policy and administration. I'm heavily involved with student government; I volunteer at Nite Court; I play a lot of golf; and I study occasionally. The DO-IT program has been a foundation of growth for me and I am deeply indebted to the program for the priceless opportunities it has offered to me.

[Picture of Maria] Maria, '96 Scholar
My name is Maria. I'm from Maine, born in 1980. I am deaf, profoundly deaf. I will be in my second year at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, in Rochester, New York. I like to play softball and volleyball and to read Harlequin romance books and mysteries. My interests are in mathematics and science and I want to be a veterinarian, doctor, or marine biologist. Even though I am deaf, I must believe that I can do it and try it.

[Picture of Michael] Michael, '96 Scholar
My name is Mike. I am 19 and from Maine. I attend Pacific Lutheran University. I love computers, music, sports, and anything else fun! I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which can result in problems in school. Most of my teachers are understanding enough for me to still do well. However, if it weren't for computers, I would not be half as far along as I am now. I appeared in a DO-IT video on designing accessible Web sites, was an Intern last summer with the DO-IT program.

[Picture of Rebecca] Rebecca, '96 Scholar
My name is Rebecca. I was born in California and I am a sophomore at San Diego State. I am working towards a major in political science and a minor in journalism. I've had Cerebral Palsy since birth, affecting my limb motion, hearing, and eyesight. My hobbies include hanging out with my friends, listening to music, writing lyrics, and reading.

[Picture of Anh] Anh, '96 Scholar
My name is Anh. I attend the University of California at Berkeley. I'm a junior and am pursuing a double major in political science and business/economics. I'm planning to start an e-commerce company in a couple of years. I have Larsen Syndrome, which affects the joints in my body. I use an electric wheelchair.

[Picture of Travis] Travis, '96 Scholar
My name is Travis and I am blind. I live on a farm in Nebraska. When I am at home, I usually help on the farm with feeding our hogs or with the irrigation of our corn. I was an Intern in the summer of 1998 with DO-IT. Last summer and this summer I worked as a computer consultant intern for the state of Nebraska. This fall I will be a sophomore at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in computer science and will possibly minor in accounting or finance.

[Picture of James] James, '96 Scholar
I'm James. My disability is Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by a medical accident when I was two months old. I have a sister, Tiffani, and a brother, Aaron. I graduated from high schoo last yearl. I am considering attending the University of Pittsburgh. I hope to open a business, like a restaurant. My interests are football, television, and mathematics.

[Picture of Kevin] Kevin, '96 Scholar
Hello. I am Kevin. I am blind. I was born and raised in Nebraska. I graduated from high school in 1998. I'm most likely going to study physics or history in college. My hobbies, or the only things I do so that I don't die of boredom, are reading, origami, and hanging out with my friends. In addition to DO-IT Scholars, I participate in the NASA Space Camp program.

[Picture of Dana] Dana, '96 Scholar
I am Dana from Massachusetts. I like to cruise the 'Net, play soccer, swim, play volleyball, and play my bass. I will be a sophomore this fall at Landmark College in Vermont. I want to do something with computers and graphic design as a career. I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and LD (learning disability) which makes it hard for me to write and understand certain things. My best subjects are science, math, and history. My worst subject is English.

[Picture of Joshua] Joshua, '96 Scholar
My name is Josh and I live with my family on a dairy farm in Iowa. I, along with my younger sister and brother, have Muscular Dystrophy. In my free time I like to explore the Net, chat, listen to music, and design Web pages. I graduated from Hawkeye Community College in May of 2000 with an AAS in Horticulture Science. I own a small nursery and garden shop with my mom. We specialize in water gardens and hostas. Besides helping customers, ordering merchandise, advertising, and handling the bookwork, I also do some landscape designing.

[Picture of Zachary] Zachary, '96 Scholar
My name is Zachary, and I attend Pennsylvania State University as an honors student, double-majoring in computer science and mathematics. I hope to return a portion of the magnanimity granted me by developing adaptive technology. I was an Intern for DO-IT the summer of '98.

[Picture of David] David, '96 Scholar
My name is David and I attend Eastern Oregon State College. My particular disability is "full" Albinism, which includes lack of pigment in the hair, skin, and eyes. Consequently, I am extremely sensitive to light and burn easily in the sun. I also have a vision loss which came in the Albinism packet; I have the approximate acuity of 20/200, which can make life interesting at times. For hobbies, I like computers, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and playing video games.

[Picture of Chris] Chris, '96 Scholar
My name is Chris and I am majoring in computer science at the University of North Dakota. I may be transferring to North Dakota State this fall. I have had a profound hearing loss since I was born. I enjoy fishing, except for the mosquitoes that are irritating here in North Dakota! This summer was my second year working as an intern at Minot State University. I spend most of my time surfing the Internet. I was an Intern in 1999 at DO-IT. I look forward to future involvement in the DO-IT program and to hearing from everyone on e-mail.

[Picture of John] John, '96 Scholar
My name is John and I live in Indianna. I graduated from high school in 1997 and now attend the College of Southern Idaho, majoring in English. I have Cerebral Palsy due to lack of oxygen at birth. I use a wheelchair. I do not have good use of my hands and my speech is limited. I run my motorized chair with a head switch, and access the computer with a switch using my right elbow. My hobby is collecting movies and CDs.

[Picture of Katrina] Katrina, '96 Scholar
My name is Katrina. I'm a senior at Augustana College, double-majoring in English and art. I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when I was six years old, but I try not to let it slow me down. I have always enjoyed sports and have taken dance lessons since I was three years old. I have completed two half-marathons and two triathlons. I hope to continue to improve at the activities in which I am involved and never let my disability infringe upon the abilities I posess. I was an Intern in Summer Study '99.

[Picture of Jodi] Jodi, '96 Scholar
Hi! My name is Jodi and I will be a senior at Idaho State College. I am pre-med with a minor in Spanish. I have eight sisters, two brothers, and two dogs. I have mild Cerebral Palsy which affects my lower extremities. I am so lucky to be a part of the DO-IT program. DO-IT has opened up many opportunities for me. Through DO-IT I have learned so much about myself and others with disabilities. The past two months I have been volunteering at a hospital in Ecuador.