'04 Ambassadors


[Group photo of '04 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.

Andrew | Laura | Lukas | Kathleen | Carrie | Tracy | Amanda | Daniel | Julie | Meg | Maryann | Alex | Makenna | Katie | Ashley | "Bud" | Russell | Michael | Blanca | Jessica

[Picture of Andrew] Andrew '04 Scholar
Hey guys! My name is Andrew. I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a learning disability in reading and writing. Accommodations, like extra time on tests, are helpful. My favorite subjects are theater and music. I am a junior at Western Washington University (WWU), where I am majoring in musical theater. I have aspirations to be on Broadway someday, so keep your eyes and ears open! I have participated in WWU's mainstage production of Evita and traveled to Europe with my choir.

[Picture of Laura] Laura '04 Scholar
My name is Laura. In seventh grade, I suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident. Although the accident left me blind in my left eye, I most identify with other students struggling with learning issues, like losing vocabulary, trouble with memory, and difficulty making connections. I have attention issues that are treated with medication. I am majoring in secondary education/math at Seattle University. I am thinking of minoring in chemistry. I have also studied American Sign Language. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.

[Picture of Lucas] Lukas '04 Scholar
Hi. I am Lukas. My birth condition is called Amyoplasia Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. I attend Whitworth University, where I study business communication with a minor in music performance. In high school, I was in three year-round bands! I'm an absolute band nerd! I breathe music. Outside of school, I enjoy playing chess, going to the movies, playing my instrument, and hanging out with my friends, mother, and brother. I have learned so much about myself; my physical self (how to take care of my body) and my mental self (working habits and my best working environments). I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.

[Picture of Kathleen] Kathleen '04 Scholar
Hi. My name is Kathleen. I graduated from Columbia River High School, where I did my senior project on the accessibility of the Vancouver School District. I attend the Science and Engineering Institute at Washington State University-Vancouver. I plan to pursue a career in biology, entymology, or microbiology. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

[Picture of Carrie] Carrie '04 Scholar
Hi, My name is Carrie. I am a student at Everett Community College. I hope to transfer to a four-year university. My current career path is sports psychology. Although I have a strong interest in audio production, I am not sure when or if I will pursue it.

[Picture of Tracy] Tracy '04 Scholar
Hi. My name is Tracy. I attend South Puget Sound Community College for culinary arts. One of my favorite hobbies is playing pool. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends and going river rafting. I have a learning disability that makes reading and spelling difficult. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.

[Picture of Amanda] Amanda '04 Scholar
Hello. My name is Amanda. I attend Columbia Basin College, and I am working toward an Associate's degree in art. I am looking forward to becoming an art teacher.

[Picture of Daniel] Daniel '04 Scholar
Hi. My name is Daniel. I am a Dyslexic and diabetic high achiever, as well as a sophomore majoring in physics at Western Washington University. I plan to pursue a Master's degree in mechanical engineering and become a mechanical engineer. This past year I maintained a 3.85 GPA. I am a member the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and have earned a position on the President's list.

[Picture of Julie] Julie '04 Scholar
Hello to all!!! My name is Julie. I attend Everett Community College and am studying to become an elementary school teacher. I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing on the computer, and reading. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.

[Picture of Meg] Meg '04 Scholar
My name is Meg. I have Cerebral Palsy, which affects my balance and depth perception. I graduated from Bellingham High School. I attend Whatcom Community College, where I am exploring careers in the medical field. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Maryann] Maryann '04 Scholar
My name is Maryann. I graduated with honors from Edmonds/Woodway High School. I attend Shoreline Community College, where I am working toward an Associate's degree. I plan to transfer to the University of Washington in a few years. I am active in 4H with a dog group. I enjoy river rafting, water skiing, and snow skiing. I was selected to be the Washington State Delegate for the Ticket To Work and Work Incentive program for Social Security. I attended a summit in Atlanta, Georgia and testified in Washington, D.C. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.

[Picture of Alex] Alex '04 Scholar
I graduated from high school in 2007. I attend a local community college, but I am not sure which major I plan on declaring. I am in the process of applying to different agencies, including SSI, DVR, and DDD to support me as I continue my education. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.

[Picture of Makenna] Makenna '04 Scholar
My name is Makenna. I have Cerebral Palsy and a learning disability. This fall is going to be my last quarter of Running Start at Whatcom Community College. After that, I am planning on participating work experiences to better decide a career direction. I might also take a cooking class. Outside of school I enjoy listening to music, hanging out with friends, and watching movies.

[Picture of Katie] Katie '04 Scholar
Hi there, I'm Katie! I attend Western Washington University where I am working toward a career in elementary education. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Dyslexia. Consequently, I have trouble with reading, writing, and spelling. My thought process jumps from one idea to the next and things take me longer to figure out and communicate. I have a great family, a bundle of supportive crazy friends, and three furry cats. I love British literature and poetry. I am totally an art freak (minus the talent). I'm Catholic, I have a passion for music, and I totally adore kids. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.

[Picture of Ashley] Ashley '04 Scholar
My name is Ashley. I am currently attending community college in Florida. I like to volunteer at my local animal shelter (especially caring for and feeding all the cute cats), read, surf the web, talk on the phone, shop, dance, and listen to music. I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

[Picture of 'Bud'] "Bud" '04 Scholar
My name is Garrett or Bud. I have been visually impaired since I was in fourth grade. I am a junior at Gonzaga University in Spokane. This summer, I completed an accounting internship at NASA. I may change my undergraduate major to math and economics and pursue economics or finance at the graduate level. I enjoy sailing and watching baseball.

[Picture of Russell] Russell '04 Scholar
My name is Russell. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. I am a junior at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. I am pursuing a history major and a Spanish minor. In my spare time, I enjoy watching Mariners baseball, drawing, reading, playing video games, spending time outdoors and with my family.

[Picture of Michael] Michael '04 Scholar
My name is Michael. I enjoy computer, math, science, and band classes. I am a computer/console nerd; I love video games. I also like fishing, watching Mariners games, swimming, camping, being with my family, and playing golf. I attend Everett Community College. After I earn an Associate's degree, I would like to attend the University of Washington and earn a Ph.D. in engineering. My career goal is to be an engineer involved in the use of nuclear fusion as an energy source. I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which means I have trouble sitting still and focusing on the task at hand. I also have motor disabilities, so I have a difficult time writing. DO-IT helps me be more independent and find creative ways to type out homework, such as math and physics problems. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Blanca] Blanca '04 Scholar
My name is Blanca. I attend Columbia Basin Community College and plan to transfer to Eastern Washington University. I am thinking of becoming a child psychologist, because I enjoy working with children. I love to read, watch TV, and play on the computer. I was in an accident where I suffered a spinal cord injury, and I've used a wheelchair for four years. One of the things I enjoy about DO-IT is meeting people with similar and different disabilities who have gone on to do creative and interesting things with their lives. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.

[Picture of Jessica] Jessica '04 Scholar
My name is Jessica. I attend Central Washington University. I hope to have a career in education, possibly as a kindergarten teacher. I enjoy being with my family, playing with animals, and baby- sitting. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2006.