Phase III Scholars


[Group photo of '05 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 at DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences. Once 2007 Summer Study was over, those Phase III Scholars who graduated from high school became DO-IT Ambassadors.

Shavonne | Jennifer | Kayla | Daren | Bella | Zach | Marlen | Logan | Andrew | Nate | Vishal | Jesse | Hunter | Noah | Sakina | Kayla | Jessie | Daman | Cassie

[Picture of Shavonne] Shavonne, '05 Scholar
My name is Shavonne. I was born with Spina Bifida. In my free time I love to read, write stories, and talk to my boyfriend and friends on my computer and on the phone. I am a freshman at Central Washington University. I plan to study biology with an emphasis in pre-med. It is my hope to then go on to medical school and become a podiatrist. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Jennifer] Jennifer, '05 Scholar
Hi. My name is Jennifer. I have Cerebral Palsy. I am a senior at Naches Valley High School. I lettered in choir and am a member of the National Honor Society. I was featured in the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Annual Report Calendar in the month of May, which was a big honor for me. My plan is to attend Yakima Valley Community College to earn an Associate's degree and then pursue a career as a public relations advocate for people with disabilities. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience at DO-IT and hope to pass on what I have learned to others. I was a DO-ITIntern at Summer Study 2007 and hope to be an example of what DO-IT can be for others with disabilities.

[Picture of Kayla] Kayla, '05 Scholar
Hello. My name is Kayla. I attend Bellevue Community College and study psychology. Eventually, I would like to transfer to the University of Washington. My disability is Central Core Disease (Muscular Dystrophy). This past year I spoke on student panels to high school students with disabilities about my experiences in high school and college. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Daren] Daren, '05 Scholar
My name is Daren and I have Dyslexia. I graduated from Kentwood High School and attend Green River Community College. I plan to attend a four-year college and major in biochemistry or physiology and perhaps obtain my Ph.D. at the University of Washington. I like sports and anything in the sun, such as swimming, running, track, going to the beach, and putting a smile on people's faces. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Bella] Bella, '05 Scholar
Hi everyone! My name is Bella, and I have Cerebral Palsy, which affects most of my muscles, including my eyes. I use quad canes, a bugsy walker (only for aerobic exercise), or a wheelchair, and I need enlarged visual materials to be able to read. I graduated from Nathan Hale High School where art, language arts, and drama were my favorite classes. My hobbies include babysitting, acting, reading, walking my dogs, and playing the piano. I'm part of the Seattle Public Theater summer youth program at the Bathhouse Theater and have acted in many plays. My career goals are to act in the theater, create art, and work in a daycare or a preschool. I may attend North Seattle, Shoreline, or Edmonds Community College.

[Picture of Zachary] Zach, '05 Scholar
I'm Zach, I graduated from Camas High School, and I attend Portland Community College where I am working toward an Associate's degree in fire science. I am interested in a career as a firefighter. My favorite classes are math and fire science. Outside of school, I like to work out and hang out with my friends. I have Dysgraphia, which means that I have trouble writing. Through DO-IT I have access technology that assists me with writing. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Marlen] Marlen, '05 Scholar
Hey. My name is Marlen, and I have learning disabilities that affect my spelling, grammar, reading, and math. I graduated from Orcas Island High School. My favorite subject is science, and I would like to be a dentist. I enjoy swimming in the middle of the night at Cascade Lake and going to Mount Constitution. I love all music (with the exception of country!). I am currently working two jobs and plan to attend college next year. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Logan] Logan, '05 Scholar
Hi. My name is Logan. I attend DeVry University where I plan to go into the networking field. One of my favorite classes in high school was weight lifting; there is just something about being in a weight room that makes me feel good as a person. I was one of the ten power lifters from my school who, in 2005, were invited to State. I was the second strongest male in the state for my weight category and the first paraplegic with Cerebral Palsy to compete. My hobbies include playing bass guitar, working out, and having a good time with friends. DO-IT is helping me achieve my college and career goals. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Andrew] Andrew, '05 Scholar
Hi. My name is Andrew. I graduated from Nathan Hale High School. My favorite classes were math, drama, and language arts. I learned the true meaning of responsibility from a U.S. history teacher who is a comical, reasonable, and a down-to-earth mentor. I also took part in the musical Moby Dick. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and playing soccer. I participated in the Youth Leadership Forum and was a dance intern at a Visual and Performing Arts Camp called Summer Fun. I attend college at the University of Portland and would like to study law, Spanish, acting, creative writing, and/or engineering. I hope to be fluent in Spanish and travel the world. I have Tourette Syndrome. DO-IT has helped me become more comfortable with not just my disabilities, but also the disabilities of others.

[Picture of Nate] Nate, '05 Scholar
Hello. My name is Nate, and I live in Seattle. I am a graduate of Roosevelt High School; my favorite subjects were business, English, and government. I like hanging out with friends and family. My learning disability has been a challenge, but I have kept my mind on the prize. I attend North Seattle Community College with the goal of studying business at a four-year university.

[Picture of Vishal] Vishal '04 Scholar
My name is Vishal. I graduated from high school where I was involved in journalism and radio production and was Associate Student Body President. I completed an internship with the UW Athletic Department/Women's Crew this past year. I am now involved in an all-day activity program for students with disabilities. We go on field trips and have picnics on Lake Washington. My career interests include doing data entry or being an office assistant. I like to play video games, watch TV (especially sports!), email, talk with people, and surf the 'Net. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Jesse] Jesse, '05 Scholar
My name is Jesse. My disability is Asperger Syndrome, although disability is somewhat of an ironic term for it, as I feel that had I not been born with it, I wouldn't have as much potential as I do. I attend North Seattle Community College and plan to pursue a career in forensic psychology. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Hunter] Hunter, '05 Scholar
Aspie Schwa, reportin' fer duty! The name's Hunter, but nobody calls me that...call me Schwa. It's easier. I am an Aspie and in the Aspie language, Aspie means "someone with Aspergers," and Asperger equals autism. I'm totally into anything founded on creativity, since Aspies are creativity given a physical form, the pinnacle of this category being my computer-based and writing-based talents, which I hope to turn into a career someday, along with my dream of keynote-speaking at autism conferences. (Recently I was on an autism panel and discovered I was built for that kind of experience. That had to be my biggest accomplishment in the autism area to date.) I graduated from high school in 2007. I love talking about computers, geek culture, Internet culture, and autism when I'm not busy programming a game, so if you're close by, prepare for a schpiel! I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007. Peace out, and long live The Schwa!

[Picture of Noah] Noah, '05 Scholar
My name is Noah. I graduated from Newport High School where my favorite classes were U.S. history, world religion, video production, and photography. I was in link crew and croquet club and was involved in student government. Outside of school, I listen to a lot of music and go to concerts. I enjoy playing video games and basketball. I watch lots of sports on TV and know many sports facts. I also enjoy going to concerts and am on the Island Records Street Team. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. DO-IT is helping me get ready for college and live on my own. I attend the University of Washington and study communications and experimental media. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Sakina] Sakina, '05 Scholar
My name is Sakina. I hope to go to Washington State University next year. I love to paint and take photos. My teacher liked one of my paintings so much that he put it in a local art show. Fashion is another passion of mine. I was accepted to be on Nordstrom's Fashion Board. It's basically an internship for high school seniors, and they only accept twenty people out of more than one hundred applicants. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Kayla] Kayla, '05 Scholar
My name is Kayla, and my disability is Cerebral Palsy. I graduated from Kentwood High School. I take classes at Green River Community College and am preparing for a career working with computers. I enjoy listening to music and hanging out with friends. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Jessie] Jessie, '05 Scholar
Hi. My name is Jessie. I'm a little person; I have Morquio's Syndrome, which is a type of dwarfism, and I use a power wheelchair. I attend Bellevue Community College and am living in an apartment with a roommate. I work at Key Arena in Seattle. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Daman] Daman, '05 Scholar
Hi. My name is Daman, and I graduated from Klahowya Secondary School. I attend Western Washington University and am interested in computer science and business administration. I am the Program Coordinator of the DAMAN Project (Disability Awareness Moving Across the Nation). This year, I won the Central Kitsap Citizen of the Year Award for my efforts with DAMAN. I have Cerebral Palsy and am a member of many national disability organizations, including the Youth Advisory Committee of the National Council on Disability. I recently completed an internship through DO-IT's AccessSTEM program at Positive Solutions. I have also been a keynote speaker at many events and conferences. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Cassandra] Cassie, '05 Scholar
My name is Cassie. I was born with Spina Bifida and use a wheelchair 90% of the time. When I was in high school, I was filmed by a crew from ESPN because I play tennis in my wheelchair. This summer I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.