Phase III Scholars

[Group photo of '06 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 2008 Summer Study was over, those Phase III Scholars who graduated from high school became DO-IT Ambassadors.

Brandon | Brittany | Ryan | Alex | Jenny | Maria | Daniel | Oscar | Jesus | Joey | KJ | Tony | Taylor | Gabe | Zachary | Sam | Kaitlin | Nicole

[Picture of Brandon]Brandon, '06 Scholar
Hi. I'm Brandon. I graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School this spring. I am 90% certain I am going to attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall, however, I was also accepted at the University of Washington. I plan on earning a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. I enjoy math, science, and computer aided design, which is architectural and engineering design on computers. I am hard of hearing and have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which makes it hard to concentrate, and dysgraphia, which makes it difficult for me to write. But, I do very well on a computer. I like to play video games, design things on the computer, eat, and hang out with friends.

[Picture of Brittany]Brittany, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Brittany, and I graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School this year. Writing and photography are my favorite things to do, and I want to pursue them on a professional level. I also like taking photos and editing them, hanging out with friends, spending time with my animals (two cats and two rats, which I consider my children), and listening to music (my music library has a wide variety of genres). I will attend Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in communications.

[Picture of Ryan]Ryan, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Ryan. I have a mobility impairment and get around in a power wheelchair. Now that I have graduated from high school, I am continuing my career as a DJ.

[Picture of Alex]Alex, '06 Scholar
Hi! I'm Alex and I am studying English at Highline Community College. I have Turner syndrome and a nonverbal learning disorder. I like listening to music and playing on my computer in my spare time. I love working at the library and going to school. DO-IT has been a great help to me.

[Picture of Jenny]Jenny, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Jenny. I live in Kennewick, WA. I graduated last June but I am going back to my high school and attending Tri-Tech Skills Center to take part in an Early Childhood Education course. I plan to be a physical therapist or work with children, so this class should help out. I enjoy scrapbooking and hanging out with my friends. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Maria]Maria, '06 Scholar
It's me, Maria. I graduated from Interlake High School this spring and will be attending college in the fall at Western Washington University in Bellingham. I was awarded four scholarships to help pay for school. I am interested in studying special education with a focus on autism, Spanish, and law. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Daniel]Daniel, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Daniel. I graduated this spring from Friday Harbor High School on one of the San Juan Islands. I am going to the University of Washington in the fall where I may study engineering. I have only one finger on each hand, but this does not stop me from doing anything. I enjoy math, playing the trombone, soccer, and basketball; making movies; and hanging out with my friends. DO-IT has been a good experience for me, and I think I will continue to learn a lot from it.

[Picture of Oscar]Oscar, '06 Scholar
Hello. My name is Oscar. I will be a freshman at George Fox University in Oregon! I plan to study political science and music. I have big plans for the future. I plan to join a swim team and train to swim in the Paralympics. I would also like to coach a swim team and open it up to kids with disabilities. My goal is to coach at a level that will take me to different national and world competitions! I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Jesus]Jesus, '06 Scholar
My name is Jesus. I graduated from high school last year and am currently attending a transition program. Through this program I have taken electronic engineering classes at an occupational skills center. I plan to attend a two-year college and then transfer to a four-year school. I love music, especially ballads. I want to form my own band. I play both the guitar and drums.

[Picture of Joey]Joey, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Joey. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy and use a wheelchair to get around. I have a service dog named Brigs who goes most places with me. I attend Cascadia Community College and will be doing a language immersion program in Costa Rica this summer. I like reading and playing video games. Someday I would like to start a program similar to DO-IT to work with students with disabilities.

[Picture of KJ]K.J., '06 Scholar
Hi. I'm K.J. from Mt. Vernon, WA. I have a learning disability. I graduated from Mt. Vernon High School where my favorite classes were science and math. I plan on going to Skagit Valley College this fall to become a meteorologist; I have been interested in weather my whole life. I once saw a funnel cloud almost touch down when I lived on Camano Island, which was pretty cool. I enjoy drawing maps, comics, and traveling. DO-IT has really helped me get a jump start on what I need to know to be successful in college.

[Picture of Tony]Tony, '06 Scholar
Hi. I'm Tony. I graduated from Seattle Lutheran High School this spring and will attend the University of Idaho in the fall. I have dyslexia. I love sports, especially skiing. This past year I was involved in track and cross-country running. One of my favorite things to do is just hang out, but, unfortunately, I rarely have the time.

[Picture of Taylor]Taylor, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Taylor, and I graduated from Issaquah High School this spring and will be attending the University of Idaho this fall. I have Asperger's syndrome, which makes it difficult to interact with people. I enjoy geography and math. I plan to go to college and continue studying both of these subjects. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Gabe]Gabe, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Gabe. I graduated from Woodinville High School this spring. I enjoy music, English, and history. I am missing the radius and ulna in both arms and the fibia and femur are fused together in both my legs, so basically I cannot straighten them. I am also 45% deaf. I have been featured in many news and television shows over the past five years. I will attend the University of Washington in the fall and hope to become a history teacher. DO-IT has helped me advocate for myself and increase my communication skills with professors and other people in general. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Zachary]Zachary, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Zachary. I graduated from Roosevelt High School this spring and will attend Seattle Central Community College this fall. I have cerebral palsy, and sometimes my body does not respond the way I want it to and my motor skills do not always work as well as I would like. I enjoy history and mathematics. I want to go to college to study teaching and hopefully one day become an elementary school teacher. I also like to read and play video games. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Samuel]Sam, '06 Scholar
Hi. I'm Sam. I graduated from a private school called Dartmoor Learning School. I have graduated from Shoreline Community College. I would like to become a therapeutic riding instructor. Horseback riding has been my hobby for many years. I am an active Eagle Scout with several Palms. I am in the Sea Scout program in the Mount Baker Council, and I volunteer at the Seattle Marathon every year. I also love to travel. DO-IT has given me a support system for help when I need it. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Kaitlin]Kaitlin, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Kaitlin, but people call me Katie. I have a learning disability and a seizure disorder. I will do another year as a senior at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick. I am interested in math. I plan to go to college to study accounting. I like to play video games, listen to music, go to movies, write fan fiction, and watch TV. One of my biggest accomplishments is completing my first fan fiction work. I have also done community service at the demo dog park for the Tri-City Dog Park Society. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2008.

[Picture of Nicole]Nicole, '06 Scholar
Hi. My name is Nicole. I lost my sight when I was four, and I am hard of hearing. My favorite subjects in school are computer programming, math, and science. I graduated from Central Kitsap High School this June. I was an intern at Microsoft this summer. I will be attending Stanford University in the fall where I plan to study computer science. I have a guide dog named Lexia, who I received last summer as my first guide dog.