Phase II Scholars


[Group photo of '10 Scholars]

Sixteen Phase II Scholars began participating in DO-IT in 2010. They attended their second Summer Study at the University of Washington July 2011. During that second session, they continued to develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills and prepare for college and careers. They also worked closely with field-based professionals or university faculty on neurobiology, digital arts, or biomedical research. 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, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business. After completing Summer Study 2011, these participants graduated to Phase III.

Shawn | Rosa'Lea | Ryan | Damon | Marlise | Garrett | Angela | Maximo | Benjy | Eric | Nicco | Tatsuro | Niki | Cristina | Krysta | Jenica

[Picture of Shawn]Shawn, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Shawn, and I am blind. I will be a senior at Arlington High School. My favorite subject is history. My goal is to attend a four-year school and have a successful and enjoyable career. I like wrestling, driving all-terrain vehicles and cars, playing sports, and doing other outdoor activities.

[Picture of Rosa'Lea]Rosa'Lea, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Rosa'Lea. I plan to attend college this fall. My favorite classes are biology and art. I love art because it allows me to work with my hands. I would like to be an animator at Disney. I have a learning disability.

[Picture of Ryan]Ryan, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Ryan. I graduated from Cascade High School and plan to attend Everett Community College to expand my welding skills. I enjoy exploring my creativity with hands-on activities and challenging myself with math and architecture problem solving. I also enjoy designing and creating ceramic art. I have sickle cell disease.

[Picture of Damon]Damon, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Damon. I am a senior at Health Sciences and Human Services High School in Seattle. I am a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, and Club of Uncommon Knowledge. I am also captain of the junior varsity soccer team and was selected Most Inspiring Player of the Year. I like different kinds of music and dancing. I am not a very good dancer but I try. I love animals, and I enjoy being outdoors. For fun, I hang out with my friends, go jogging, and play soccer. My long-term goal is to become a science teacher.

[Picture of Marlise]Marlise, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Marlise, and I will be a freshman at Western Washington University, where I received a scholarship. I want to become a published creative writer—preferably a screenwriter. As a senior in high school, I was director and actor in our school's fall Dramafest, actor in the winter play (The Man Who Came to Dinner), and actor in a Dr. Suess play presented to six elementary schools in the area. I enjoy literature, drama, and learning science trivia. I have Friedreich's ataxia.

[Picture of Garrett]Garrett, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Garrett. I will be a senior at Windward High School, which is the same high school that football player Jake Locker attended. I like studying Spanish, world issues, and mathematics problem solving. I enjoy music, video games, movies, and hanging out with friends. Bi-skiing and playing power wheelchair soccer are also some things I like to do. I hope to attend the University of Washington to study business and economics.

[Picture of Angela]Angela, '10 Scholar
Hi! My name is Angela, and I have muscular dystrophy. I am a senior at Holy Names Academy in Seattle. I am an officer of the National Honor Society, a member of the Peace and Justice committee, an elected campus ministry and community officer, and a student ambassador. I hope to major in pediatric medicine in college. Between my busy school life and lots of homework, I enjoy photography, hanging out with friends, cooking new recipes, watching movies, reading, and playing with my dog.

[Picture of Maximo]Maximo, '10 Scholar
My name is Maximo. I graduated from Vashon Island High School and will be attending Flagler College in the fall. I enjoy art, writing, and music. I play the drums, and I compete in tennis, wrestling, and golf. I have dyslexia, so it is hard for me to read and spell. In the future, I would like to earn a business degree.

[Picture of Benjy]Benjy, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Benjy. I just graduated from Mead High School and will be a freshman at Washington State University, where I plan to study elementary education. I have received two scholarships for college, including the Cory Lux Scholarship. I love to listen to music and watch sports.

[Picture of Eric]Eric, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Eric. I graduated from Liberty High School in Renton and will be a freshman at the University of Washington. I enjoy math and science, and I was a member of the National Honor Society. I hope to one day earn a master's degree in engineering. I enjoy playing golf. I have Crohn's disease.

[Picture of Nicco]Nicco, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Nicco. I live in Seattle and will be a senior at Chief Sealth High School. My academic interests are history and scientific fields with a special interest in physics. I am a proud member of my high school's marching and concert bands where I play clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone sax. I am involved in many activities, including training dogs for service work, protection, and finding drugs, explosives, and people. I'm also on staff at an outdoor education and survival organization.

[Picture of Tatsuro]Tatsuro, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Tatsuro. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, live in Snohomish, and will be a senior at Glacier Peak High School. I enjoy studying and reading about the creation and evolution debate. I also enjoy art and English classes. I would like to continue learning about these subjects in college and hope to become an artist and a writer. Another aspiration of mine is to work as an industrial designer. I love animals and have a snake, bearded dragon, and two cats. I am a Christian and my faith is the driving force of my life.

[Picture of Niki]Niki, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Niki. I graduated from Jackson High School in Mill Creek and will be attending the University of Washington to study psychology. I enjoy many types of music and go to concerts with my friends. I have amyoplasia arthrogryposis.

[Picture of Cristina]Cristina, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Cristina. I graduated from Olympia High School. I have a skin condition, but I have not let it become an obstacle in my life. I love traveling and doing community work for minority populations. I plan to go to law school and become an international human rights lawyer.

[Picture of Krysta]Krysta, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Krysta. I am a senior at Oroville High School. Science and math are my favorite subjects in school. I enjoy participating in physical science classes and doing lab work. My goal is to study biology or zoology in college and become a zookeeper. I am deaf, and for my senior project I started an American Sign Language (ASL) club at school for people to learn ASL and Deaf culture. I am the only deaf student so it is fun to teach others. I am also a cheerleader, and I have a lot of school spirit. I love to encourage people to do a great job in their sport and have fun. I also play tennis, and I love how challenging and fun it is to play.

[Picture of Jenica]Jenica, '10 Scholar
Hi. My name is Jenica. I graduated from Monroe High School. I will attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall, and I hope to become a researcher. I have a visual impairment, and I love meeting new people!