Phase I Scholars


[Group photo of '03 Scholars]

Twenty-two Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in August of 2003. They learned about college life and prepared for college and careers. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other as well as DO-IT participants and DO-IT Mentors. They use the Internet to support their academic studies, and they complete projects in exciting fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and business.

Patrick | Crystal | Justin | Zachary | Jamie | Shaun | Skylor | Vanessa | Theresa | Joshua | Norma | Matt | Joshua | Annemarie | Tressa | Conrad | Andrew | Jesse | Senait | Jamie | Natasha | Scott

[Picture of Patrick] Patrick, '03 Scholar
My name is Patrick. I will be in the 11th grade. My hobbies include using the computer, going to church, and hanging out with my friends. I have two brothers and a sister. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which weakens my muscles over time. Useful accommodations are a lift, a wheelchair, and a shower chair. I enjoy learning anatomy through dissection. I also enjoy studying computer-aided drafting and computer game design.

[Picture of Crystal] Crystal, '03 Scholar
My name is Crystal. I go to Columbia Junior/Senior High School. I use a wheelchair to get around. I like to sit and relax, play on the computer, and watch old movies like "The Man from Snowy River." I also like to talk. I love pizza!

[Picture of Justin] Justin, '03 Scholar
Hi. My name is Justin. I will be going into the 11th grade. I am involved in swimming and wheelchair basketball. I am an above-the-knee amputee and am missing a finger on my left hand. I really enjoy chemistry and math and would like to pursue a career in one or both of these subjects. The Internet has given me the opportunity to study online and access educational information.

[Picture of Zachary] Zachary, '03 Scholar
My name is Zachary. I will be in the 11th grade. I have a mom and dad, two brothers who are 13 and 3, and one sister who is 6. This past year I participated in the science team and track team at school. I also do taekwondo. My disability is short term memory loss and some fine motor skill loss in my hands due to an anoxic brain injury in March 2002. A helpful accommodation is when people are patient in understanding my short term memory loss. I love math, geometry, star gazing, and computer games. Before my brain injury, I was on the computer a lot playing chess online. I do not use the computer like I used to because it is hard for me to remember all of the steps to access pages where I used to go. I am also relearning how to type. I hope that DO-IT will help me set career goals in math and science.

[Picture of Jamie] Jamie, '03 Scholar
My name is Jamie. I will be a senior next fall. I am an only child. My parents are divorced and I live with both of them. My extra curricular activities are Young Life, Girl's Honor, Key Club, tennis, community service, and Link Crew. I have a learning disability in the areas of math, reading, and writing. The accommodations that have been most helpful have been extra time on tests and being able to take them in another room. Math is one of my favorite classes. I will take physics next year. I am excited to learn more about it. I would like to major in secondary special education teaching. The value of the computer is that I can type faster than I can write, which helps me get my thoughts written down. The Internet has helped because everything is a fingertip away. DO-IT will help me get a feeling for college life.

[Picture of Shaun] Shaun, '03 Scholar
My name is Shaun. I'm from Spokane Valley, Washington. I will be a senior at West Valley High School this fall. My favorite subjects in high school are English, strength training, and science. I also enjoy wrestling, drama club, and quill and scroll. My hobbies include being a muscle car enthusiast, watching drag racing, collecting wolf memorabilia, playing video games, and listening to music.

[Picture of Skylor] Skylor, '03 Scholar
My name is Skylor. I will be a senior at Henry Foss High School. I like to camp, bike, fish, walk, swim, and spend time with family and friends.

[Picture of Vanessa] Vanessa, '03 Scholar
My name is Vanessa. I will be a junior at Goldendale High School. My family consists of my mom, dad, and twin sister. My favorite school subject is math. In my spare time I am an active member of Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church Youth Group. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a wheelchair. I hope to have a career in social work or accounting. I hope DO-IT will help me find programs that help me use the computer more effectively.

[Picture of Theresa] Theresa, '03 Scholar
My name is Theresa. I will be a high school senior. I have Spina Bifida and use a wheelchair. I am involved in track and swimming through my school, and basketball through a disabled sports league. I plan to attend Skagit Community College and then transition to a four-year college.

[Picture of Joshua] Joshua, '03 Scholar
My name is Joshua. I will be a junior at Woodinville High School. My family consists of my mom, dad, brother Kevin, and sister Melissa. My favorite school subject is American Sign Language (ASL). I enjoy baseball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, and track. I was born with Spina Bifida and use a wheelchair. I hope to attend college and have a career in communications or social services/education. I hope DO-IT will help me learn about accommodations I may need and how to get them.

[Picture of Norma] Norma, '03 Scholar
My name is Norma. I am a 18 years old. I am deaf. My home town is Corsicana, Texas. I am the oldest sister and have four siblings. At school, I have been on the student council for four years. I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. I moved to Texas when I was 5. I am interested in deaf culture, but I have not had much exposure to it because I live in a small town. Next year, I will compete for the title of Miss Deaf American in Tyler, Texas. My career goal is to become a fashion designer. I plan to attend South West College for the Deaf in Texas for two years and then go to the University of Gallaudet for the Deaf in Washington D.C.

[Picture of Matt] Matt, '03 Scholar
My name is Matt. I attend high school in Woodinville, Washington. I am interested in the stock market and real estate. Some of the career fields I would like to be involved in are land development, engineering, and computer science.

[Picture of Joshua] Joshua, '03 Scholar
My name is Joshua. I come from La Push, Washington. For a career, I am interested in video game programming.

[Picture of Annemarie] Annemarie, '03 Scholar
My name is Annemarie and I am 16 years old. I have Cerebral Palsy, which limits my mobility and impairs my small motor skills. In school, I enjoy English, math, and Spanish. I am part of the debate and knowledge bowl teams. I am an only child and live in Seattle, Washington with my parents.

[Picture of Tressa] Tressa, '03 Scholar
My name is Tressa. I will be a senior in the fall. My parents' names are Sally and Ron. My older sister, Lacey, has Cerebral Palsy and was a DO-IT Scholar a couple of years ago. I also have a younger sister named Torie. My extracurricular activities are photography, swimming, and soccer. I have a specific language and auditory processing disability and chronic headaches. The accommodations that I have found helpful are more time on work, a reader, and a note-taker. I want to be a marine biologist that specializes in dolphin communication. The computer allows me to do my homework successfully. Access to the Internet gives me information in a way that I can use it. DO-IT will teach me how to create a support system so I can be successful. My sister Lacey encouraged me to join DO-IT because it was so successful for her.

[Picture of Conrad] Conrad, '03 Scholar
My name is Conrad. I am going into the 11th grade. I have a service dog named Yahtzee. My favorite subjects in school are biology, Spanish, and history. Some of my career interests include employment as a political analyst, genetic scientist, or architect. I am a member of the National Honor Society. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, going to movies, playing video and computer games, and reading.

[Picture of Andrew] Andrew, '03 Scholar
My name is Andrew and next year I will be entering the 11th grade. My family is great and they give me all the support I could ever want. My favorite school subject is agriculture. When I grow up, I want to do something involving animals. I love having a computer. Typing is much easier and faster than writing, plus the final product looks much better.

[Picture of Jesse] Jesse, '03 Scholar
My name is Jesse. I live in west Seattle and attend Chief Sealth High School, where I will be a junior this fall. I have several computer interests including Linux, C, and computer security. I also enjoy technical theater, especially audio design. At school, I manage the school's sound system.

[Picture of Senait] Senait, '03 Scholar
Hi! My name is Senait. I am a seventeen-year-old Garfield High School student. At school, I am an officer in the student government. In my free time, I love to listen to music and travel. After high school, I hope to attend the UW where I will study medicine or business. DO-IT will teach me independent living skills, college life tips, and ways to address learning disabilities in a college atmosphere.

[Picture of Jamie] Jamie, '03 Scholar
My name is Jamie. I will be in the 12th grade next year. I have two older brothers and one sister. I like to read, ride my 4-wheeler, work on the computer, and go to youth group. I have Cerebral Palsy and have a hard time writing. I also get tired if I walk too much. Using an Alpha Smart™ has been very helpful in my high school classes. I would like to get a degree in Web design or be a computer network administrator. Having the Internet has helped me with homework and learning about many different careers. DO-IT will help me see what college is like and how I can be independent and have a good life.

[Picture of Natasha] Natasha, '03 Scholar
Hi! My name is Natasha. I am a high school junior. I have 80% hearing loss in both ears and a learning disability. I enjoy school. My favorite subject is biology. I am interested in becoming a teacher of the deaf. I use the Internet for research and communication with family and friends. I think DO-IT will help me because it gives me the chance to meet other teens with special needs.

[Picture of Scott] Scott, '03 Scholar
My name is Scott. I am 18 years old and live in Orcas Island, Washington. I am a senior at Orcas Island High School. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, but I have not let this disability prevent me from becoming an Eagle Scout in Troop 91, completing two advanced placement classes, and maintaining a place on the honor roll throughout high school.