'05 Ambassadors


[Group photo of '05 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.

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

[Picture of Dulce]Dulce, '05 Scholar
Hi. My name is Dulce. I am originally from Mexico. I have one brother and three sisters. I attend Seattle Central Community College. My favorite classes are reading and English, and I plan to become a counselor or a chef. My favorite sport is soccer. My hobbies are chatting with friends and family, reading fiction, using the computer, and playing sports. I also have two part-time jobs.

[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 sophomore at Central Washington University. I plan to study biology with a pre-med focus. 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 Jenny. I have cerebral palsy. I received my diploma from Naches Valley High School and will attend Yakima Valley Community College. I earned scholarships for college. In my career, I hope to work 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-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Kayla] Kayla, '05 Scholar
Hi! My name is Kayla. Last year I had an incredible experience working for the Americorps organization, City Year, running a suspension program at a middle school in SeaTac, WA. It was great working with students who don't normally have someone in their lives to talk to. I was awarded an Americorps Scholarship, which I will use to continue my education at Bellevue Commnity College. Eventually I want to earn a degree in psychology or business. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Daren] Daren, '05 Scholar
My name is Daren. I graduated from Kentwood High School and Green River Community College. I plan to attend a four-year college and major in business administration. I would like to earn a master's degree. I'm very athletic and enjoy swimming, track-and-field, rock climbing, and putting a smile on people's faces. If the sun's not out, you'll find me up in the mountains boarding down. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007 and plan on being part of DO-IT's success in the future.

[Picture of Bella] Bella, '05 Scholar
Hi! My name is Bella and I have cerebral palsy. I use quad canes, a bugsy walker (for aerobic exercise), or a wheelchair, and I also need enlarged visual materials. I graduated from Nathan Hale High School where art, language arts, and drama were my favorite classes. I'm now finishing my last year of transition at Hale, looking forward to going to Shoreline Community College next year. As part of my vocational training, I volunteer as a teacher's assistant at the Meadowbrook Cooperative Preschool. My hobbies include babysitting, acting, reading, walking my dogs, and singing in the Nathan Hale choir. I also participate in the Seattle Public Theater youth program at the Bathhouse Theater. This summer I was in the play The Once and Future King. My career goals are to act in the theater, create art, and work in a daycare or preschool.

[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 in order to pursue 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 to 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 and currently attend college. 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 was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Logan] Logan, '05 Scholar
Hi. My name is Logan. This past year I got married and moved to Idaho. My hobbies include playing bass guitar, working out, and having a good time with friends. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Andrew] Andrew, '05 Scholar
Hi. My name is Andrew. I attend the University of Portland and I am majoring in Spanish and English. I love math, law, writing, dance, soccer, and people. The first four weeks of college found me with left lower lobe pneumonia and, as a result, I questioned my readiness for school. Support from my parents encouraged me to stay in school. I am glad I did. I was the starting goalkeeper for the school's club soccer team and I was thrilled to be part of something bigger than myself. College was good last year, and it's going to be so much better this year.

[Picture of Nate] Nate, '05 Scholar
Hello. My name is Nate. I attend North Seattle Community College with the goal of studying business at a four-year university. My learning disability has been a challenge, but, at the same time, it has made me aware of labels put on people. Our differences make us very special people in life! Love who you are. Be what you want to be. Make your destiny! Life for me is discovery with an open heart to hear and learn. I am thankful for, blessed by, and learn from those around me. There is something that everyone and everything in life has to offer. I have many goals in life, but try doing one thing at a time with accuracy and consistency. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the DO-IT family. If anyone has any questions for me please ask. Smiles from me to you! I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Jesse] Jesse, '05 Scholar
My name is Jesse. My disability is Asperger's 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, hopefully at Seattle University. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Hunter] Hunter, '05 Scholar
Salutations. Call me. Alternately, you could call me "Aspie Schwa," "Uncle Schwa," or "that guy over there." These days I've been chilling in my Astro Bastion (I don't care if it looks like an ordinary apartment... it's a space fortress, I tell you!), cooking up some hardcore creativity all the while. Creating things is my life's purpose. This includes writing, game design, you name it. I am an Aspie, and as such am subject to all the common and intermediate Aspie stat bonuses and penalties. (Did you know Aspies get an extra die on the saving throw when targeted by technology-based monsters? Haha, Dungeons and Dragons joke. But I don't play D&D.) I'm a big fan of geek culture. Email me if you feel like chatting about anything—autism, philosophy, creativity—all that razzmatazz. Just a fair warning though; I may come across as a bit of an elitist. This doesn't mean I don't care. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Noah] Noah, '05 Scholar
My name is Noah. I attend the University of Washington and will be a sophomore next year. I am studying comparative history of ideas with a focus in disability studies. I listen to a lot of music, go to concerts, and am on the Island Records Street Team. I enjoy playing basketball and video games. I watch sports on TV and know many random sports facts. My disability is cerebral palsy. DO-IT has helped me get ready for college and live on my own. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Sakina] Sakina, '05 Scholar
My name is Sakina. I attend Washington State University. I love to paint and take photos. Fashion is a passion of mine. 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 and this will be my second year participating in the Transition Program at Kent Meridian. I am preparing for a career working with computers. I enjoy computers, 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. I am a sophomore at Western Washington University where I founded an organization called Students for Disability Awareness. My academic interests are computer science and business administration. I am the Program Coordinator of the DAMAN Project (Disability Awareness Moving Across the Nation). I have found internships through both the AccessSTEM and AccessComputing projects at DO-IT. I have cerebral palsy. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.

[Picture of Cassandra] Cassie, '05 Scholar
My name is Cassie. I am attending Spokane Falls Community College to become an American Sign Language interpreter and get my associate's degree. I was born with spina bifida and use a wheelchair 90% of the time. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2007.