Phase III Scholars


[Group photo of '00 Scholars]

Phase III Scholars are completing high school or transitioning to college. Throughout the year they communicate with other Scholars, Ambassadors, and Mentors, and participate in DO-IT activities. Some become Interns in DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences.

Tasha | Jeffrey | Ryan | Raleigh | Nora | Israel | Brian | Ben | Jamie | Corinna | Kasey | Susanna | Deke | Stephanie | Nick | Nathan | Nohemi | Crystal | Gretchen |

[Picture of Tasha] Tasha, '00 Scholar
Hi. My name is Tasha. I recently graduated from Cleveland High School in Seattle. My favorite hobbies are playing games, shopping, talking on the phone, boys, animals, and collecting cards. My disability is Cerebral Palsy.

[Picture of Jeffrey] Jeffrey, '00 Scholar
My name is Jeffrey. I graduated in June of 2001 from Tyee High School in SeaTac, Washington. I attend the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I will probably study computer engineering or computer-aided drafting. I've received three scholarships so far. My favorite sports are bowling, baseball, and skiing.

[Picture of Ryan] Ryan, '00 Scholar
Hello, I am Ryan. I am 18 years old. I recently graduated from Sumner High School. In the Fall, I will be attending the University of Washington, where I plan on majoring in computer science and/or computer engineering. I have Cerebral Palsy, and use a walker and an electric wheelchair for school. I love computers and math. My hobbies include surfing the Internet, fixing/working on computers, playing video games, swimming, and launching rockets. I was an Intern in Summer Study '02.

[Picture of Raleigh] Raleigh, '00 Scholar
My name is Raleigh. I graduated from Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington. I attend Whitworth College, where I play football. I would like to major in voice or vocal performance and music literature. My hobbies are singing in the school choir, at church, and in the community. I draw, build, mold, and dance. My goal is to become a professional singer. I have a learning disability. I thought that my disability couldn't be helped, but DO-IT showed me the light and opened doors for me.

[Picture of Nora] Nora, '00 Scholar
My name is Nora and I finished my first year at Eastern Oregon University. I am going back this fall, and I plan to major in education. I have been using a computer most of my life. I have Cerebral Palsy. It affects my lower body and to some extent my hands. I enjoy swimming, playing guitar, and playing both Magic the Gathering and the Pokemon Trading Card games. I also like to talk about gaming with others.

[Picture of Israel] Israel, '00 Scholar
Hi. My name is Israel. I live in Washington state. I graduated from Eastmont High School. I was recently selected for a Microsoft job shadow. I am blind. I like to use computers, ride bikes, play guitar, hang out with friends, and listen to music. My favorite music is softrock. I used to live in Mexico, but I moved to America five years ago. I really enjoy surfing the Web. My favorite subject is English. I like being able to navigate around on the Internet with my computer. It has been really helpful because of JAWS, a screen reader program I use to access other computer programs. I am planning to attend Wenatchee Valley College in the fall. I have two brothers and two sisters. I also like to chat on MSN messenger. After I finish college in Wenatchee, I plan to transfer to the University of Washington and major in computer programming.

[Picture of Brain] Brian, '00 Scholar
Hello. My name is Brian. I attend Eastern Washington University. My disabilities include Static Incepalopathy, Patella, and Femoral Syndrome. My hobbies are movies, video games, and kite boarding.

[Picture of Ben] Ben, '00 Scholar
Hi. My name is Ben. I plan to attend college and become a lawyer. I enjoy sports and have participated in football, golf, and basketball. I served as a senator in my school's student leadership program. I participate in Young Life and my church youth group. I have a language learning disability and have really benefited from using a computer for my school assignments.

[Picture of Jamie] Jamie, '00 Scholar
Hi. My name is Jamie and I just completed my senior year at Lind High School in Lind, Washington. I will be attending Spokane Falls Community College in the fall where I will study to become an x-ray technician. My hobbies include playing softball and watching baseball. I love to hang out with my friends. I hope everyone has a great time at DO-IT!

[Picture of Corinna] Corinna, '00 Scholar
Hi. My name is Corinna. Currently, I am working as an advocate at Arc of Snohomish County. I have Cerebral Palsy. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2002.

[Picture of Kasey] Kasey, '00 Scholar
Hi. I am Kasey. My favorite classes are history and science. My hobbies are playing football and basketball, running, and participating in the ASB club. I plan to attend a university, major in psychology and early childhood development, and get a medical degree in psychiatry. I spend much of my time working and doing odd jobs for my neighbors in my neighborhood.

[Picture of Susanna] Susanna, '00 Scholar
Hi. My name is Susanna. I have Cerebral Palsy and I use a wheelchair. I will be a freshman at the University of Washington in the fall. I plan to major in marine studies. My favorite classes are science and Spanish. My hobbies are reading, swimming, and playing on my computer. I have four dogs and love them all. I referee soccer games. I was an Intern at Summer Study 2002. Feel free to e-mail.

[Picture of Deke] Deke, '00 Scholar
Hi, my name is Deke. I am a recent graduate of Lake Chelan High School. I am going to be attending Central Washington University in the fall. I am looking at majoring in computer science, with a minor in weather, education, or communications. I am a cook at the Hungry Belly. Some of my hobbies are snowboarding, wakeboarding, computer gaming, and working on my high school's computer systems. I have a learning disability which is called Aphasia. It affects my writing and reading. My computer is my main accommodation. This year at Summer Study, I was an intern. The last summers at Summer Study have helped me make new friends and learn how and where to get help at college.

[Picture of Stephanie] Stephanie, '00 Scholar
My name is Stephanie. I am visually impaired. I graduated from Mead High School in Spokane, Washington. I will go to Eastern Washington University and would like to be an early elementary school teacher. I love computers and like to listen to most types of music. I love to read, hang out with friends, swim, ride bikes, and ride horses.

[Picture of Nick] Nick, '00 Scholar
Hi! I'm Nick. That is also my e-mail name (@hotmail) because I am the only Nick Penchos in the world. I have C.P. and am in a power chair. I have just started classes at Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland. I plan to enter the hotel/restaurant industry. I love eating all kinds of food, especially noodles (Italian, Thai, Chinese, any kind at all) and spices (chili, pesto, zahtar, etc.). For seven summers, I attended Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. I am an avid Mariners fan, and I am also a Spencer mystery book fan. We have two cats, Polly and Anna. I am also an N64 addict. DO-IT has helped me improve my computer skills and learn about how to get through college.

[Picture of Nathan] Nathan, '00 Scholar
Hello. I am Nathan. I am a Boy Scout. My favorite academic subjects are science, history, and technology. I am going to Edmonds Cyber-school, which is a home school resource center. There, I can access computers and the Internet. No, none of my "classes" are on the Internet. I am home-schooled and my mother is my primary teacher. I take one class each trimester at Mountlake Terrace High School. I have been taking a computer animation course there. I enjoy bike riding. I have Dyslexia.

[Picture of Nohemi] Nohemi, '00 Scholar
Hi. My name is Nohemi. I am 20 years old and my disability is Cerebral Palsy. This fall, I will be attending a two-year college called Herritage College in Toppenish, Washington. My hobbies are talking on the phone and hanging out with my friends, playing games on the computer, and sending e-mails and chatting online with friends. My favorite singer is Celine Dion and my biggest dream is to meet her in person. I have all of her CDs and even have an autograph. Eventually, I plan to work for Microsoft as a computer programmer.

[Picture of Crystal] Crystal, '00 Scholar
Hey all! My name is Crys. I love to drum (jazz band), draw, sing, swim, sign (ASL), play volleyball, basketball, cheerlead, and go horseback riding. I also like to collect unicorns and pictures! :) I'm planning to attend community college. I love the DO-IT program. Just remember that "you CAN do it, and don't let anyone tell you different!" If you would like, e-mail me.

[Picture of Gretchen] Gretchen, '00 Scholar
Hi. My name is Gretchen. In the fall I will begin the EMT program at Central Washington University. I am interested in science, specifically, medical, biology, and athletic health. My hobbies include mountain biking, volunteering at the Y, and rock climbing. I am outdoorsy with a knack for laughing and having fun with friends. I work part-time and enjoy school immensely. I am a volunteer firefighter with a career aspiration of completing college with a doctorate in medicine and education. I am concentrating on becoming a paramedic or a rescue technician. I have a bilateral profound hearing loss.