'98 Ambassadors


[Group Picture of '98 WA Scholars]

Washington Ambassadors

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT in 1998. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger Scholars and Ambassadors.

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

[Picture of Jessie] Jessie, '98 Scholar
Hi! My name is Jessie. I attend the University of Washington. I have Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Dyslexia slows my reading speed down and makes writing difficult. I am interested in foreign languages and medicine. I was on my school's cross-country and track team. Running helps me reduce stress. 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 is 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. I have gained and achieved so much these past years. I am now more confident academically. I was an Intern in Summer Study '01.

[Picture of Matt] Matt, '98 Scholar
My name is Matt. I graduated from Oroville High School and now attend Spokane Falls Community College in Washington. I liked 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. One of those opportunities was an internship at Summer Study 2001.

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

[Picture of Silas] Silas, '98 Scholar
My name is Silas. I graduated from LaConnor 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 graduated in 2001 from South Kitsap High School in Washington. My disabilities are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a communication disorder. I enjoy math. In my spare time, I like listening to Prince's music, teaching myself how to play the guitar, and doing stunts on my bike. I have worked at a sign shop, gaining experience with graphic arts, a career I might pursue in college. Currently, I work at Walmart.

[Picture of Katrina] Katrina, '98 Scholar
My name is Katrina. I graduated from the Secondary Academy for Success in Bothell, Washington and have finished six quarters at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington. Currently, I am aiming for an Associates Degree in Integrated Studies. My disability is a traumatic brain injury from a bike accident at the age of five. My interests include public policy, advocacy, history, science, and especially genealogy. 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. I have been very involved nationally with the National Leadership 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 graduated from Spokane Falls Community College in Washington, where I studied mechanical engineering. My hobbies include bowling, billiards, and hotrods.

[Picture of shavonne] Shavonne, '98 Scholar
My name is Shavonne. I attend the University of New Orleans, where I plan to earn a degree in psychology. I have 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 Neenah, Wisconsin. I attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, majoring in social work. 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 composed. Four years ago, 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 have Cerebral Palsy and live in Des Moines, Washington. At the present time, I am job hunting, as well as looking to get back to school. 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 on the side I'll write poetry books. I will continue to share my experiences with future Scholars in hopes that they will have as much fun as I had. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Crystal] Crystal, '98 Scholar
My name is Crystal, and I live in Portland, Oregon. I am visually impaired. I plan to attend 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 study juvenile justice at a summer job at the Juvenile Justice Center. I became a mother in January!

[Picture of Reginald] Reginald, '98 Scholar
Hello. My name is Reginald. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). ADD makes it hard for me to stay focused on whatever I am doing. I live in Albany, 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 attend 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 Spokane, Washington. I graduated from Rogers High School. I enjoy being with kids and playing sports such as volleyball and basketball. 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 and I had the good fortune of being the first International Scholar in the DO-IT program. The experiences of Summer Study truly enriched and enhanced my life. I have multiple learning disabilities and ADHD. Currently, I am an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Eventually, I plan to become a pediatric psychiatrist. I enjoy investigating many areas beyond my career goals, taking risks and daring to be different. This allows me to use my creative abilities and acquire new skills which I apply to my life. My word to the wise is: Don't block your time, it is your inspiration; time is very precious, use it wisely, Godspeed.

[Picture of Todd] Todd, '98 Scholar
My name is Todd. I attend Edmonds Community College in Washington. I plan on studying music at school, and I play the bass in my band, Water. I live in Bothell, Washington. My disability is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My hobbies include music, playing video games, and Magic the Gathering (card game).

[Picture of Nichole] Nichole, '98 Scholar
Hi to all! My name is Nichole. I attend The Evergreen State College in Washington. Last year I lived with six other people, but now I'm happy to say that I have my own apartment (YES!). My major is radio broadcasting, but I might now pursue acting as my theatre director advised. I don't know what will end up happening, but I hope for the best. I have been experiencing new and different ideas and challenges...piercings, protest rallies, discovering my feminist roots, and enjoying my disability. I have Scoliosis and Kyphosis with Metatrophic dwarfism and dysplasia. I also have Condrodistrophy, which means there isn't any cartilage in my joints. I use an electric wheelchair as my main means of transportation, but I can still walk. I enjoy swimming, baseball, art, music, my education, theatre, creative writing, photography, public speaking, disc jockin', and languages.

[Picture of Corey] Corey, '98 Scholar
My name is Corey. I attend Seattle Central Community College in Washington. My main field of study is physics/engineering. I enjoy carpentry, playing music, and building or fixing just about anything I can with my hands. My disabilities are Tourette's Syndrome, panic disorder, ADD, and Epilepsy. I am currently seizure free, without medications, so it appears that I have outgrown the Epilepsy. Tourette's, ADD, and panic disorder have caused a number of social difficulties for me over the years, as well as causing difficulties with maintaining concentration. My extracurricular activities include being a member of Seattle Central Community College Lynix Users' Group and participating in volunteer work. The single most important benefit of my computer usage is that it allows my teachers to read my assignments, which would otherwise be illegible. The computer has also allowed me to maintain a reasonable level of organization which I would otherwise not have.

[Picture of Abe] Abe, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Abe. I will be a freshman at Northwest Christian College. I am thinking about majoring in music. My disability is a visual impairment. I live in Edmonds, 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

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT in 1998. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger Scholars and Ambassadors.

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 attend Brevard Community College in Florida. I'm studying chemical engineering. I have a learning disability. I had a summer internship at NASA. Working on the computer has helped me in school and in everyday activities. DO-IT let 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 Rigby, Idaho. I attend the University of Idaho and plan on earning a degree in physics. I will start my two-year mission for my church in the fall.

[Picture of Emily] Emily, '98 Scholar
My name is Emily and I am from Orlando, Florida. I attend Valencia Community College in Florida. My disability is Cerebral Palsy; I get around in my power wheelchair. I use Power Secretary and a laptop computer at school. 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, Arizona. In the near future, I would like to attend college, but I have a lot going on right now. Currently, I am working three part-time jobs. My interests include biology, education, science, math, animals, and lab work. I also like traveling. 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 am pursing an outdoor recreation degree at Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks. I am taking some time off to work in Sacramento, California for ten months. When I get back, I hope to finish my degree. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. My hobbies are hiking and mountain climbing. I am just getting into snow and ice climbing.

[Picture of Amy] Amy, '98 Scholar
My name is Amy. I live in Minnesota. I attend Cambridge Community College, and I'm majoring in journalism. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I enjoy basketball, swimming, and going to movies. I'm also writing a novel in my spare time.

[Picture of Brian] Brian, '98 Scholar
My name is Brian. My home is in San Diego, California. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I attend 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. I attend South Puget Sound Community College and major in accounting to hopefully become a CPA. I have been keeping track of my own stocks. I like computers, coin collecting, cards, and Nintendo. I have Methamalonic Acidemia, which caused a stroke that makes me not able to walk. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Jessica] Jessica, '98 Scholar
Hi. My name is Jessica. I attend Sante Fe Community College in New Mexico, where I got a 3.5 GPA spring quarter. My disability is Dyslexia. I enjoy art. I like to play on the computer and spend time with my family and friends.

[Picture of Nick] Nick, '98 Scholar
My name is Nick. I am 21 years old. I have a vision impairment. I have had this disability my entire life. I attended the Indiana School for the Blind from 1986 to 1999. I now attend the University of Notre Dame. I will be graduating in the spring of 2003 with a double major in economics and computer applications. I have become a very busy person around the campus here in South Bend. I will be president of my dorm and I am president of the basketball fan club, The Leprechuan Legion. That's pretty much a "snapshot" of me right now.

[Picture of David] David, '98 Scholar
My name is David. I am from Portland, Oregon, and I attend Grinnell College in Iowa. I have one younger sister and one wonderful dog. I am an active member of the Grinell College Young Democrats and the Grinell Unitarians. I have congenital stationary night blindness as well as some motor deficiencies. I have interests in political science, economics, and history. I am also interested in accessibility! I have an accessibility guide on my Web site. My hobbies include watching sports and surfing 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. DO-IT has remained a strong force in my life, and I really appreciate its influence. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

[Picture of Jeffrey] Jeffrey, '98 Scholar
My name is Jeffrey. 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. I graduated from Middlesex Community College with a 3.86 GPA. I am now attending Northeastern University in Boston. I have a dual major in biology and geology. I am interested in all aspects of science, especially geology, earth science (plate tectonics), genetics, and paleontology. I also enjoy all sports. In fact, I played seven seasons of soccer while I was still mobile. DO-IT and the Internet give me access to resources that help me at school.

[Picture of Buddy] Buddy, '98 Scholar
My name is David (Buddy), and I'm from Alaska. I attend the University of Alaska. 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 Wes. I am a computer science major at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I will be a junior in the fall. After completion of college, I would like to pursue a career in customer service, technical support, or computer programming. In my spare time, I enjoy surfing the Internet, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and reading.

[Picture of John Paul] John Paul, '98 Scholar
My name is John Paul, and I live in Montana. I attend 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
Hi there, my name is Jessie. I attend Arizona State University, majoring in political science. Specifically, I am interested in international relations and the impact of globalization on society. I hope to pursue these interests at a more advanced level in law school. My disability is Cerebral Palsy, and as a result, I use a wheelchair to get around. In my free time, when I am not studying, I enjoy going to dinner and movies with friends. I also spend my free time working on a grant through ASU which helps high school and college students achieve greater independence and self-determination by means of participant-action research. I enjoy working with the grant, especially because it allows me to enable students with disabilities to reach their full potential, in much the same way as DO-IT did for me.

[Picture of Ivan] Ivan, '98 Scholar
My name is Ivan. I live in Timonium, Maryland. I am a senior at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where I live. My disabilities are Cerebral Palsy and a learning disability. I have interests in biology, chemistry, and physics. I was accepted into the Nitze Scholars Program at St. Mary's. 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, Washington, and I graduated from Shadle Park High School. My disability is blindness. I would like to attend computer or radio broadcasting college. I enjoy listening to old-time radio shows. I set up my own Internet radio station.

[Picture of Dustin] Dustin, '98 Scholar
My name is Dustin. I am a DO-IT Ambassador. I have Dyslexia. Currently, I am a senior at Ball State University (GO CARDS!) in Muncie, Indiana. I am majoring in Physical Education K-12, with an emphasis in elementary education. I enjoy running, playing volleyball, and most sports.

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