'01 Ambassadors


[Group photo of '01 Scholars]

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

Chris | Brandon | Brad | Chris | Elizabeth | Jeff | Caleb | Raechell | Lauren | Matt | Brandon | Alex | Jacob | Amy | Mike | Sarah | Brandi | Trisha | Steven | Matt | Alicia

[Picture of Chris] Chris, '01 Scholar
My name is Christopher, but my friends call me Chris. I was born in Aberdeen, Washington. I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). My disability affects how long I can concentrate. My favorite subjects are English and history. I really want to become a lawyer. However, I would also like to teach high school history or become a police officer. I am also interested in computer-aided drafting and other engineering occupations. I enjoy meeting other people who have the same disability as I do, and learning how they deal with their disability. I currently attend George Fox University in Oregon.

[Picture of Brandon] Brandon, '01 Scholar
On April 3, 2003 Brandon died from a respiratory infection. A high-energy kid, many of us will remember him racing around campus in his power wheelchair. Brandon's favorite school subject was mathematics. He looked forward to earning a college degree and becoming a software engineer.

[Picture of Brad] Brad, '01 Scholar
Hello, my name is Brad. I will be a sophomore at Central Washington University in Ellensburg next year. I am hoping to major in video game design somewhere someday, but for now I am working on general requirements. When I'm not at school, I like to read, hang out, and dink around with computers. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Chris] Chris, '01 Scholar
Chris graduated from Kelso High School. He reached his childhood dream of attending the University of Washington. Chris, who had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, died in his dorm room on February 18, 2004.

[Picture of Elizabeth] Elizabeth, '01 Scholar
My name is Elizabeth. I have Cerebral Palsy. I hope to attend Central Washington University as a sophomore in the fall but for medical reasons I need a break. I plan to major in family studies and minor in creative writing with hopes of becoming a social worker or counselor while pursuing a love for writing. I enjoy writing short stories and poetry, reading, listening to music, watching the Mariners, and hanging out with friends. GO WILDCATS!

[Picture of Jeff] Jeff, '01 Scholar
My name is Jeff. I attend college in Portland, Oregon. I have ADD. I also have an auditory processing disorder, which makes it hard for me to figure out the meaning behind things I hear. I like engineering, math, and technology. I like using math and computers to make art, and I like figuring out how stuff works. I want a career working with computers and electronics. DO-IT helps me a lot.

[Picture of Caleb] Caleb, '01 Scholar
Hi. My name is Caleb. I just finished my first year at Skagit Valley Community College in Mt. Vernon, Washington. I use adaptive technology because I am visually impaired and physically disabled. I feel that a career in this area would be an interesting career field for me. I have two brothers, one sister, and one sister-in-law. I enjoy reading email messages from DO-IT participants. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Raechell] Raechell, '01 Scholar
I'm Raechell. I have four sisters and two brothers, all younger than me. I am a C7 quad, profoundly deaf, and respiratory fragile. I speak English as well as American Sign Language. I love math and science; it's all logical and there's always an answer. I love art! I'd like to be either an elementary school teacher or a math teacher. I love kids. I used to help out in Sunday school. I'm online 40-45 hours a week if there's school, more than that if not. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Lauren] Lauren, '01 Scholar
Hey there, my name is Lauren. I will be attending my first year at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. I may major in business. I spend my free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends and volunteering at a hospital. I was an Intern at Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Matt] Matt, '01 Scholar
Hi. My name is Matt. I am currently attending Central Washington University majoring in administration management. My hobbies include snowmobiling, running, working, and participating in the Future Farmers of America. I work for Bishop Sanitation applying class B sewage in wheat fields. I also work in a mobile kitchen feeding firefighters on the line. My disabilities are Dyslexia and short term memory defect.

[Picture of Brandon] Brandon, '01 Scholar
Hi, my name is Brandon and I will be a sophomore at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. I will major in elementary education because I want to be an elementary school teacher. I enjoy reading, playing sports, doing social activities, and being on my computer. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Alex] Alex, '01 Scholar
My name is Alexandra. I'm going to be attending the University of Washington this year. I love to snowboard. I am deaf and use interpreters in class. A computer allows me to talk to my friends over email. DO-IT has helped me prepare for college. I love to have fun, dance, and be with my friends.

[Picture of Jacob] Jacob, '01 Scholar
Hello, my name is Jacob. I have ADHD and bilateral clubfeet. I was in a band for two years. I am also a member of a church youth group and have been involved in several service projects. I would like a job in the field of science. Computers and the Internet have opened opportunities to learn about new and exciting happenings around the world. They have also helped me learn of opportunities that I can take advantage of. For instance, I learned of DO-IT from the Internet. DO-IT is helping me decide what my career should be and giving me an idea of what college will be like. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Amy] Amy, '01 Scholar
Hi. My name is Amy and I have Cerebral Palsy. I will be a sophomore at Everett Community College, WA. I have a GPA of 3.88 and I am an honor student of Phi Theta Kappa. After EVCC, I plan to transfer to Western Washington University to get a teaching degree. I want to teach at an elementary school. My favorite things to do are volunteering and going to the movies. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Mike] Mike, '01 Scholar
Hi. My name is Mike, and I will be in my 2nd year at Shoreline Community College. My family name is Irish. I enjoy reading, golf, and playing games (even though I am trying to study as much as possible). I am also interested in computer programming, which I learned more about at Shoreline this summer. My favorite subjects are math and Japanese. My goal is to work in the computer gaming industry.

[Picture of Sarah] Sarah, '01 Scholar
My name is Sarah. I will be a sophomore this fall at Seattle Pacific University. I am interested in Spanish. My disease, Fibro Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), causes bone to form in my muscles. I can't walk because my hips and knees are locked. My arms are also locked, almost in front of my face. I use an electric wheelchair. I use an ipaq to write essays and for various other work. I also have a computer with a special mouse and mini wireless keyboard. I use the computer to print assignments from my ipaq. I get on the Internet for research and email. I also like to play games. After college, I would like to be a Spanish/English interpreter or translator. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Brandi] Brandi, '01 Scholar
Hi. My name is Brandi and I am nineteen. I just moved to Chicago from California in April. I am looking for a job, finding scholarships and financial aid so I can go to college soon. When I do go to college, I probably will have a hard time deciding on a major because I like animals, computers, photography and digital photography art.

[Picture of Trisha] Trisha, '01 Scholar
My name is Trisha. I have three brothers and one sister. My disability is a learning disability. I'm interested in science, engineering, math, history, and technology. I would like to become a history or science teacher. DO-IT helped me understand how I can use computers in college.

[Picture of Steven] Steven, '01 Scholar
My name is Steven. I will be a freshman at the University of Arizona where I will be on the wheelchair track and basketball teams. I am hoping to major in architecture and start my own company that advises architecture companies in making accessible buildings. I owe a lot of my successes to my family—my dad (Kenny), my mom (Susie), my 23 year-old sister (Lisa), and my 25 year-old brother (Kurt). I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.

[Picture of Matt] Matt, '01 Scholar
My name is Matt and I go to Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. In my free time I like to play computer games, watch movies, surf the net, and make 3-D art on the computer. I am a huge Star Trek fan. I also collect die cast 1:18 scale cars with my uncle. I currently have 35 cars in my collection; my favorite car being a 1948 Woody Wagon. I would like a career in computer graphics.

[Picture of Alicia] Alicia, '01 Scholar
My name is Alicia. I enjoy long-distance running in track. In the summer, I swim on the Toppenish Tarpons Swim Team. I have a learning disability in math. I like science and computers, but my favorite subject in school is English. I am considering a major in literature. I might want to become a counselor. Having a computer and Internet access is really great. DO-IT helped me transition to college. I learned what is expected and how to face the real world. I made friends and had a good time!