Phase I Scholars


[Group photo of '09 Scholars]

Seventeen Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2009. They learned about college life and prepared for college and careers. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other, DO-IT participants, and DO-IT Mentors. They use the Internet to support their academic studies, and they complete projects in exciting fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and business. After completing Summer Study 2009, these participants graduated to Phase II.

Vanessa | Bilal | Reese | Anna | Ryan | Louis | Shelby | Allegra | Sean | Leo | Josh | Josh | Kristin | Alex | Joseph | Abby | Christopher

[Picture of Vanessa]Vanessa, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Vanessa. I am a senior at Eisenhower High School in Yakima. I enjoy music, writing, weaving, Sudoku, and reading. Currently, my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I play the violin. I have a great sense of humor and I am usually smiling. I love to sing and hum. I have athetoid cerebral palsy and am mildly hard of hearing.

[Picture of Bilal]Bilal, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Bilal. I am a junior next year at Lynnwood High School. I have a learning disability. I like to play basketball, keep active, and learn new things. I enjoy math and English. I would like to be an aerospace engineer some day.

[Picture of Reese]Reese, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Reese. I am a junior at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek. I have orthographic dysgraphia. My favorite class is history. I would like to study political science in college because I have an interest in being a political talk show host. I would also like to study music producing because I enjoy mixing and composing music. I love hanging out with my friends, playing soccer, and going on vacations.

[Picture of Anna]Anna, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Anna. I am a senior at Shorewood High School in Shoreline. My favorite classes are math and science. I have a brain tumor. Some of the side effects are loss of vision and partial paralysis. I named my dog after the type of tumor I have, Pilocytic or Pilo for short. I volunteer at Jet City Improv and would like to become a comedian someday. In my free time I like to sleep and write.

[Picture of Ryan]Ryan, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Ryan. I am a junior at Sultan High School. I am a member of the National Honor Society. I am taking music theory classes at Edmonds Community College through Running Start. I am a drummer, and I like many different kinds of music from classical to jazz, pop to rock, and Irish Celtic to country. I have been to five jazz camps, even as far away as Yellowstone. Some interesting things about me are that I have perfect pitch and a really good memory. This helps me play timpani (kettle drums) in an orchestra and change the pitches while I play, even on six drums! Some fun things I have done are being a Page in the Senate in Olympia, getting my Coast Guard boating license, and taking flying lessons. I would like to be a professional timpanist or an acoustics engineer.

[Picture of Louis]Louis, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Louis. I am a junior at Port Townsend High School. I have dyslexia and dysgraphia. My interests are soccer, history, science, writing, politics, and just about everything else under the sun. I would like to be a shellfish farmer, biologist, structural engineer, writer, and/or economist someday.

[Picture of Shelby]Shelby, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Shelby. I am a senior at Marysville Pilchuck High School. I am the Associated Student Body Recognition Chair. I am also the Marysville Strawberry Festival Queen. I was recently accepted onto the Nordstrom Fashion Board. I would like to go into communications and fashion merchandising. In my spare time I read fashion blogs. I am a member of the honor society and sing in chamber choir. I have spinal muscular atrophy.

[Picture of Allegra]Allegra, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Allegra. After three long years attending Franklin High School in Seattle, I will finally be graduating in June 2010. Writing is my number one passion and math is the polar opposite. I?m not completely sure what will be my major in college, but I am leaning towards creative writing. I have spinal muscular atrophy.

[Picture of Sean]Sean, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Sean. I am a senior at Liberty High School in Renton. I play guitar. I also like boating, driving, and camping. My Eagle Scout project was to create angled stretching platforms that I donated to Children?s Hospital in Seattle. I have Becker muscular dystrophy. I would like to become a software or hardware engineer.

[Picture of Leo]Leo, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Leo. I am a senior at Oak Harbor High School. I have a beagle. I like to listen to most music, with the exception of country. I like to play video games on the computer that require building and strategy, like The Sims. I have a spinal cord injury that affects the movements of my body—my right side is more limited than my left. I enjoy literature and psychology. Someday I would like to be a psychologist.

[Picture of Josh]Josh, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Josh. I am a junior at Elma High School. I enjoy Spanish and world history. I play the trombone in the jazz, concert, marching, and pep bands. I play baseball and football for fun. I am a huge sports fan of all the Seattle teams. My knowledge bowl team placed ninth at the College Bowl at Greys Harbor Community College. I have muscular dystrophy and hereditary sensory motor neuropathy.

[Picture of Josh]Josh, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Josh. I am a senior. I am on the yearbook staff at Skyview High School in Vancouver. My favorite classes are science and English. I also enjoy art and drawing. I like to build things. I have two dogs. I have spina bifida and a learning disability. I would like to be a youth pastor or counselor.

[Picture of Kristin]Kristin, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Kristin. I am a senior at Windward High School in Bellingham. My favorite classes are world history and chemistry. I would like to study to be an archaeologist. I did my junior research paper on being vegetarian. I was on the bowling team last year. I like reading, traveling, hanging out with friends, and playing with my three dogs. I have dyslexia.

[Picture of Alex]Alex, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Alex. I am a senior at Anacortes High School. I like history and metals technology. I play basketball, baseball, badminton, swimming, and soccer. I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing on the Internet, and fixing things. I love the outdoors and racing sailboats. My friends say that I have a thing for making them laugh. I have cerebral palsy.

[Picture of Joseph]Joseph, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Joey. I attend Green River Community College through Running Start. I have Asperger?s syndrome. My favorite classes are science and history, basically because they are practical (in my eyes). I can easily be persuaded into certain hobbies. My grandpa got me interested in high-performance, remote-control vehicles (not toys, the stuff sold at hobby shops), and a friend of mine re-introduced me to trading cards (Yu-Gi-Oh! in particular). It?s also notable that I?ve been a Pokéfreak off and on. I?ve always been into computers (maintenance and use is where I shine, coding not so much), electronics, and video games. So, I think information technology is my destined degree in college.

[Picture of Abby]Abby, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Abby. I am a senior at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver. I like French and math classes. I would like to go into the field of information technology. I like music and musicals, reading and writing fan fiction, and books like Harry Potter. I run track at school. I am blind with light perception.

[Picture of Christopher]Christopher, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Chris. I am a junior at Lewis and Clark High School in Vancouver. I like science and history and I am good at math. I would like to go into a medical profession. I have two dogs. My favorite video game is Halo 3. My favorite color is orange. I have ADD and dyslexia.