'98 Ambassadors


[Group Picture of '98 WA Scholars]

Washington Ambassadors

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.

Jessie | Matt | Chris | John | Silas | Arnell | Katrina | Eddie | Shavonne | Chanon | Marissa | Justin | Crystal | Reginald | Khrystal | Michael | Todd | Nichole | Corey | Abe

[Picture of Jessie] Jessie, '98 Scholar
Hi! My name is Jessie. I am going to be in a senior in high school in Washington state. 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 allot more time to complete school work and tests. I am interested in foreign languages and medicine. I am on my school's cross-country and track team. Running helps me reduce the stress which life creates. I enjoy ballet. I have been dancing my entire life and hope to pursue it in conjunction with my other endeavors in a collegiate setting. My philosophy is to not allow my disability to hold me down and instead focus on finding alternative methods, learning from it, and compensating in other areas. I use computers every day for school. I use Dragon Dictate software to expedite my writing. My spoken grammar in significantly better than my written. Last year I began to learn about digital video. I made two videos for school projects where I learned some editing skills. Thank you DO-IT for this opportunity in the program. I have gained and achieved so much in these past years. I am now more confident academically.

[Picture of Matt] Matt, '98 Scholar
My name is Matt. I'm going to be in the 12th grade this fall in high school in Washington. I like doing high school Knowledge Bowl. My disability is a mobility impairment. I like all kinds of science and math. I love to dance, read books, and have long conversations. DO-IT is one of the best things that I've participated in because it has opened up many doors of opportunities for me.

[Picture of Chris] Chris, '98 Scholar
My name is Chris. I am 17 and live in Washington. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexsia, and Dysgraphia. I will be a senior in high school this fall. I enjoy chatting, hanging out with friends, playing pool, and cracking jokes.

[Picture of John] John, '98 Scholar
My name is John and I am a senior in high school in Washington. My hobbies include playing games and hanging out with my friends. My current academic interest is science with a focus on biology. After I graduate from high school I would like to pursue a career in archeology or paleontology. I was born with Spina Bifida which basically has caused me to be partially paralyzed from the waist down. The best thing that I like about the DO-IT program is that it connects people with diverse interests together to share ideas and opinions.

[Picture of Silas] Silas, '98 Scholar
My name is Silas. I am 17 years old and will be a senior in high school in Washington state. I have 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 Arnell] Arnell, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Arnell. I will be a senior in high school in Washington. 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. I am getting experience working with graphic arts, a career I might pursue in college. The computer and the Internet help me do school work.

[Picture of Katrina] Katrina, '98 Scholar
My name is Katrina. I graduated from the Secondary Academy for Success in Washington state. This fall I plan to attend Cascadia Community College in Washington. My disability is a traumatic brain injury from a bike accident at the age of five. My interests include 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. I am very involved nationally with the National Youth Conference for Youth With Disability and the President's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Eddie] Eddie, '98 Scholar
My name is Eddie. I will be attending Spokane Falls Community College in Washington this fall. I am also involved in Future Homemakers of America (FHA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). I want to become a teacher so I can help kids that have the same problems that I have.

[Picture of shavonne] Shavonne, '98 Scholar
My name is Shavonne and I am 19 years old. This fall I will be a freshman at the University of New Orleans, where I plan on earning a degree in psychology. I live in New Orleans, Louisiana where I have been diagnosed with glaucoma, an eye disorder. For fun I like writing poetry, reading books, and acting.

[Picture of Chanon] Chanon, '98 Scholar
My name is Chanon. I live in Wisconsin. I attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, majoring in psychology, and with a possible minor 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 year, 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
Hi all! My name is Marissa. I am 19 years old and live in Des Moines, WA. I am starting my second year at Highline Community College in the fall. My major is Computer Science. I love to hang-out, chat online, shop, listen to music, and write poetry. I want my career to involve computers and maybe on the side I'll write books of poetry. I look forward to DO-IT every summer because I get to rekindle old friendships as well as make new ones, learn from my experiences, and, most of all, have a BLAST! I hope I can continue to share my experiences with future Scholars in hopes that they will have as much fun as I have had! I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

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

[Picture of Crystal] Crystal, '98 Scholar
My name is Crystal and I am 18 years old. I live in Oregon. I am visually impaired. This fall I plan on attending a community college in the Portland area. 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 am studying juvenile justice at my summer job at the Juvenile Justice Center.

[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 18 years old and I live in Georgia. 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. I am a sophomore at Fort Valley State University, majoring in biology. This summer I am working as a lifeguard for Children's Friends Daycare.

[Picture of Khrystal] Khrystal, '98 Scholar
I live in Washington. I graduated last year from high school. I enjoy being with kids and playing sports such as volleyball, basketball and things in that area. I am a full-time mother now and plan to go to college next year. My disability is Dyslexia.

[Picture of Michael] Michael, '98 Scholar
My name is Michael; I am entering my second year at the University of Alberta. I'm working toward a science degree, with plans to become a pediatric psychiatrist. I am 18 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, writing, drawing comic strips, dancing, and singing. My word to the wise is: Don't block your time, it is your inspiration; time is very precious, use it wisely, Godspeed. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Todd] Todd, '98 Scholar
My name is Todd. I graduated from high school and will be attending Shoreline Community College this fall. I plan on studying music at school and I play the bass in my band, Suvunit1. I live in Bothell, WA. My disability is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My hobbies include playing video games and Magic the Gathering (card game).

[Picture of Nichole] Nichole, '98 Scholar
My name is Nichole. I live in Washington. I will be enrolling as a freshman at Evergreen State College this fall. I will be majoring in radio broadcasting. I love swimming, waterskiing, 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 enjoy astronomy and cosmopology. I am bilingual in English, French, and ASL (American Sign Language). This summer I have been volunteering at the Sumner Family Center. DO-IT helps give my physical independence and college experience.

[Picture of Corey] Corey, '98 Scholar
My name is Corey. I am currently attending Seattle Central Community College, in Washington, as a sophomore. My main field of study is in computer science and biotechnology. I enjoy carpentry, playing in my band, and spending time with my two dogs. 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. 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 freshman at Northwest Christian College this fall. I am thinking about majoring in music. My disability is a visual impairment. I live in Washington with my parents, sister, and brother. I like reading, lifting weights, biking, playing the drums, and listening to music and books on tape.


[Group Picture of '98 National Scholars]

National Ambassadors

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.

Maggie | Blair | Emily | Kimberlee | Justin | Amy | Brian | Landon | Jessica | Nick | David | Jeffrey | Buddy | Wesley | John Paul | Jessie | Ivan | Ronald "Hank" | Dustin | Isaiah

[Picture of Maggie] Maggie, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Maggie. I live in Florida. 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 college is like and what is expected of me.

[Picture of Blair] Blair, '98 Scholar
My name is Blair and I'm from Idaho. I will be attending the University of Idaho in the fall as a freshman, and plan on receiving a degree in physics.

[Picture of Emily] Emily, '98 Scholar
My name is Emily and I am from Florida. I am 17 years old and this fall I might attend community college in Arizona. My disability is Cerebral Palsy and I get around in my power wheelchair. I use Power Secretary and a laptop computer at school. 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 Arizona. This fall I will start my first year at Mesa Community College and do yoga, take cooking classes, and get a job too. My interests include biology and education. I love science. I love animals and doing labs. I love math. 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 in New York state. I am 18 years old and am going to be a freshman at Paul Smiths College, majoring in Ecology/Environmental Technologies. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. My hobbies are hiking and mountain climbing. One of my goals is to climb all 46 highest peaks in the world. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Amy] Amy, '98 Scholar
My name is Amy. I'm 18 years old and I live in Minnesota. I plan on attending Cambridge Community College to purse a degree in social work/psychology this fall. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. In my spare time I enjoy basketball, swimming, and going to movies.

[Picture of Brian] Brian, '98 Scholar
My name is Brian. I live in California. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. This fall I will be a freshman at the University of Washington. I want to major in computer science and minor in business. 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 state and I'm 18 years old. I plan to attend South Puget Sound Community College this fall and major in accounting and hopefully become a CPA. I have been keeping track of my own stocks. I like computers, coin collecting, cards, legos, and Nintendo. I have Methamalonic Acidemia which makes me not able to walk. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Jessica] Jessica, '98 Scholar
My name is Jessica and I'll be attending Sante Fe Community College in New Mexico this fall. 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 will be a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana this fall. I am on my way to getting a degree in secondary education and math. I enjoy watching SportsCenter 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).

[Picture of David] David, '98 Scholar
My name is David. I am from Oregon, and I am going to be a freshman at Grinnell College in Iowa this fall. 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. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Jeffrey] Jeffrey, '98 Scholar
My name is Jeffery and I am 19 years old. I live in Massachusetts. In 1985 I was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare neurological condition in which the motor movement center of the brain deterioates. This year I completed my first year at Middlesex Community College with a 3.85 GPA. 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 resources to help me at school.

[Picture of Buddy] Buddy, '98 Scholar
My name is David (Buddy). I'm from Alaska and I will be a freshman at the University of Alaska-Anchorage this fall. I plan on majoring in a sports field. I have strong interests in computers and science. My disability is quadriplegia. I like baseball and hanging out with my friends, and I think "TV rocks."

[Picture of Wesley] Wesley, '98 Scholar
My name is Wesley. I am 19 years old and live on a farm between two small towns in central Nebraska. This fall, I will begin my freshman year at the University of Nebraska Lincoln where I am majoring in computer science. If time allows, I would also like to take some broadcasting-related courses. In my spare time, I like to chat with my friends online, surf the Web, read books and technology-related magazines, and listen to rap, alternative, or pop music. DO-IT has provided me with numerous friendships and resources to use in college and job-hunting. The DO-IT mailing lists are neat and useful tools. I hope to use information gained from them as I enter college and the career world during the next few years.

[Picture of John Paul] John Paul, '98 Scholar
My name is John Paul and I live in Montana. I will be a sophomore at the University of Montana, majoring in Biology. 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. I want to be a dentist after college.

[Picture of Jessie] Jessie, '98 Scholar
My name is Jessie and I am from Washington state. This past June I graduated from high school with honors, and I will be attending Arizona State University in the fall. I plan to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in either psychology or political science. I have Cerebral Palsy, and as a result, use a wheelchair to get around. When I am not studying or doing homework, I enjoy Tae Kwon Do, traveling, and surfing the Internet. I was an Intern at Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Ivan] Ivan, '98 Scholar
My name is Ivan. I live in Maryland. I will be attending St. Mary's College of Maryland in the fall. My disabilities are Cerebral Palsy and a learning disability. 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 Washington, and I graduated from high school this year. I am going to take a year off before going on to college. My disability is blindness. DO-IT is helping me prepare for college. Having the computer helps me get research information for school work as well as have fun. Some of my hobbies are listening to old-time radio shows and making my own radio shows for my 250-foot radio station. I am in the process of trying to set up my own Internet radio station.

[Picture of Dustin] Dustin, '98 Scholar
My name is Dustin and I live in Indianna. I will be a sophomore at Ball State University in the fall, majoring in physical education. I have Dyslexia, which affects my spelling the most. I enjoy baseball, basketball, running, volleyball, and swimming.

[Picture of Isaiah] Isaiah, '98 Scholar
My name is Isaiah. I will be a sophomore at Pacific University this fall, majoring in teaching. I live in Oregon. My disability is Spinocerebellar Degeneration. My hobbies include travel, writing, and reading. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.