Phase II 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 graduated from Eisenhower High School in Yakima. This year, I attended a mass media class at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) through Running Start. Next fall I will be at YVCC full time, and in two years I would like to transfer to Central Washington University. I enjoy music, writing, weaving, Sudoku, and reading. Currently, my favorite book is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I play the violin, and I love to sing and hum. I have a great sense of humor and I am usually smiling. 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 senior at Lynnwood High School. I'm also attending Edmonds Community College as a full-time Running Start student. I enjoy studying English. I have a learning disability. I like to play basketball, keep active, and learn new things. I would like to be an orthodontist some day.

[Picture of Reese]Reese, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Reese. I am a senior at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek. I have orthographic dysgraphia. I would like to study political science in college because I am interested in being a political talk show host. I would also like to study music production because I enjoy mixing and composing music. I love hanging out with my friends, being on the swim team, and going on vacations.

[Picture of Anna]Anna, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Anna. I attend Shoreline Community College. 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 senior at Sultan High School. I am a member of the National Honor Society. I am now taking classes at Bellevue Community College through Running Start. I play timpani (kettle drums) in an orchestra, and I like many different kinds of music. I have been to five jazz camps, as far away as Yellowstone. I went on a three-week European tour with the group the Sound of America. 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 percussionist, an airplane pilot, a car wash salesman, or work as a film assistant.

[Picture of Louis]Louis, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Louis. I am a senior at Port Townsend High School. I have dyslexia and dysgraphia. My interests are soccer, rugby, history, writing, politics, sociology, and just about everything else under the sun. I would like to be a lawyer, writer, or economist someday.

[Picture of Shelby]Shelby, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Shelby. I graduated from Marysville Pilchuck High School and will be attending Brigham Young University in Utah in the fall. I plan to major in communications with an emphasis in public relations or print journalism. I would love to work in the fashion or design industry. This year I was in my school's musical as well as in Associated Student Body leadership, Knowledge Bowl, and the Nordstrom Fashion Board. I have spinal muscular atrophy.

[Picture of Allegra]Allegra, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Allegra. I graduated from Franklin High School and will be attending the University of Washington in the fall. My major is currently undecided, but I am leaning toward English or psychology. I love writing and just having fun. I have spinal muscular atrophy, which basically kills my muscles, so I use a wheelchair. I love meeting new people, so feel free to email me.

[Picture of Sean]Sean, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Sean. I graduated from Liberty High School in Renton. I will be a freshman at the University of Washington, Seattle in the fall and would like to study computer science. 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.

[Picture of Leo]Leo, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Leo. I attend Skagit Valley Community College. I have a beagle. I like to listen to most music, with the exception of country. On the computer, I like to play video games 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 mathematics and literature. Someday I would like to be a graphic artist.

[Picture of Josh]Josh, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Josh. I am a senior 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 College. I have muscular dystrophy and hereditary sensory motor neuropathy.

[Picture of Josh]Josh, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Josh. I graduated from Skyview High School in Vancouver. I enjoy studying 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 graduated from Windward High School and will be attending Whatcom Community College this fall. In high school my favorite class was AP literature. For my senior project I learned how to weld and plan to continue welding in the future. My career goals include archeology or working in the mental health field. I like reading, traveling, hanging out with friends, and playing with my three dogs and my rabbit, Puck. I have dyslexia.

[Picture of Alex]Alex, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Alex. I graduated from Anacortes High School. I plan on attending either Bellingham or Renton Technical College for welding or maritime studies. I play basketball, baseball, badminton, swimming, and soccer. I love the outdoors and racing sailboats. I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing on the Internet, and fixing things. 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 am a freshman at Central Washington University where I am enrolled in the STEP program. I have Asperger's syndrome. My favorite classes are chemistry and computer science because they are concrete and hands on. I am currently very interested in retro video games (especially the 16-bit era). It's also notable that I've been a Pokéfreak (someone who plays Pokémon too much) and a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG collector off and on. I've always been interested in computers and electronics, so I think computer science is my destined degree in college. I know how computers work, and I would like to develop skills in coding.

[Picture of Abby]Abby, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Abby. I graduated from Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver and will be working at the Instructional Resource Center in the fall. I enjoy French and math. I would like to go into the field of Braille transcription. I like music and musicals, reading and writing fan fiction, and books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I am blind with light perception.

[Picture of Christopher]Christopher, '09 Scholar
Hi. My name is Chris. I like science and history and am good at math. I enjoy working in my school's greenhouse. I will graduate from Lewis and Clark High School in Vancouver in spring of 2011, and I would like to study horticulture in college. After college, I may work in a vineyard. I have two dogs: a big yellow lab and a small King Charles Cavalier spaniel. My favorite video game is Halo 3. My favorite color is orange. I have ADD and dyslexia.