Phase II Scholars

Group photo of 2013 Phase II Scholars 

Seventeen Phase II Scholars began participating in DO-IT in 2012. They attended their second Summer Study at the University of Washington July 2013. 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 professionals or university faculty in STEM fields such as neurobiology, digital arts, or environmental issues. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other, DO-IT participants, and DO-IT Mentors. They use laptops, assistive technology, and 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 2013, these participants graduated to Phase III.

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Mikayla, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Mikayla, and I will be a senior at Lynnwood High School. My favorite class is sports medicine. I participate in my high school's robotics team, and we competed in the First Robotics Competition. This year we were in the national competition in St. Louis. My goals are to attend the University of Washington and become a pediatrician. I have a learning disability, dyslexia, and attention deficit disorder.

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Hannah, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Hannah, and I am legally blind in my right eye. I will be a senior at Arlington High School. My favorite class is sports medicine. I would like to be a physical therapist. I spend a lot of time with friends and family. I love sports—basketball is my favorite—and I love to go shopping.

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Peter, '12 Scholar

My name is Peter, and I have autism. I attend Redmond High School, and this year I will be a senior. I am part of the school's Environmental Club and Math Team. I wish to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. I enjoy watching baseball, and during the summer I play for a softball team. My personality and character depend on the environment that I am in. In a friendly, relaxed environment I can be very sociable and humorous. However, if I am not in a friendly environment, and especially if I am in a stressed environment or time crunch, I tend to be more reserved.

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Jennifer, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Jennifer, and I have spastic cerebral palsy. My favorite classes are history and English. I am involved in my high school's Knowledge Bowl. I would like to work in the field of broadcasting and communications. I enjoy making slide shows of famous people; you can view them on YouTube under the user name "accustomcycle." I also like reading, creative writing, and technology.

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Aaliyah, '12 Scholar

Hi, I'm Aaliyah. I am deaf and wear a cochlear implant to help me hear. I graduated from Edmonds-Woodway High School. My favorite class is history. I don't know what I want to do for a career yet, but I know I would like to work with kids. I play softball and was a member of the Monroe High School Bearcats bowling team. I plan to attend Edmonds Community College and transfer to a four-year college. I love dogs, especially my American Eskimo Husky named Princess. I competed in the Miss Teen Washington Pageant last year and made it to the top eleven.

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Lucas, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Lucas, and I have Goldenhar's syndrome and a hearing impairment. I will be a junior at Sammamish High School and especially enjoy math. I would like to attend the University of Washington or the University of California, San Francisco. My goal is to go into the medical field, specifically to be an anesthesiologist. I ski, wake board, and participate on my high school's soccer and golf teams.

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Cody, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Cody, and I have cerebral palsy. I will be a senior at Gig Harbor High School, where my favorite classes are history and science. I would like a career in a technology field. I enjoy spending time on the computer and playing games. I also like playing power soccer, which I have been doing since 2006.

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Lindsay, '12 Scholar

Hello, my name is Lindsay, and I have Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit disorder. I graduated from Skyline High School and will be attending Pacific University in the fall. I am planning to go into creative writing and environmental sciences. My hobbies consist primarily of writing and reading.

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Eric, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Eric Peddy, and I graduated from Cascade High School. I attended Everett Community College this summer and hope to transfer to Whatcom Technical College for their culinary program. My favorite classes are journalism and French. I would like to become a pastry chef. I enjoy running track, skateboarding, snowboarding, and speed skating. I have a learning disability.

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Colton, '12 Scholar

Hi, I am Colton, and I have muscular dystrophy. I graduated from Archbishop Murphy High School, where my favorite classes were math and history. I plan on pursuing the field of computer science at Cascadia Community College. This June through August, I've interned in the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT)'s Young Scholars Program, a cool program for students going into the field of engineering. I like to swim and play video games.

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Alex, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex, and I will be a senior at Kingston High School. My favorite classes include American Sign Language, English, and history. I have a passion for acting. I take acting classes and am a part of many productions. My favorite kind of character is one with a huge range of emotions. When I grow up I would like to be an interpreter and an actor. Ideally, I would like to attend a college where I could get both my interpreting degree and later pursue an acting degree in film or theatre. I have cerebral palsy.

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Jessica, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jessica, and I will be a senior at Glacier Peak High School. In this past year I have been in four clubs at my school: National Honor Society, Spanish club, link crew, and Key Club. Next year I will be the president of the Spanish club. My favorite classes are Spanish and chemistry. Also in the past year, I have been a teacher's assistant for the life skills class at my school. I started to take guitar lessons, and I am continuing to improve my skills as a painter. In the future I hope to go into to a science field.

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Dominique, '12 Scholar

Hi there! My name is Dominique, and I recently graduated from Mount Si High School. My favorite classes were art and English, and I would like to be an animator for Disney or Big Idea, Inc. (VeggieTales!). I love to draw, shop, play games, and be with my family. I also maintain an online art portfolio, and I'm adding new artwork all the time. This past year, I worked on a yearlong stop-motion project with a group of other students at my school. The finished animation is on my website: In the fall, I will be attending Bellevue College to study digital media arts (animation). I have a rare form of dwarfism called Kniest syndrome, as well as arthritis in all my joints.

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Allison, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Allison, and I graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School. I love studying architecture, interior design, and graphic design; I would like to continue these studies in college. I play tennis, swim, draw, craft, and go to the shooting range. I have a unique skill of putting both socks on with my feet. I have thrombocytopenia absent radius syndrome and Von Willebrand disease.

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Alicia, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alicia, and I am deaf. I will be a senior at Edmonds Woodway High School. My favorite classes are math and science. I would like to become an ER doctor. I am a volunteer at Children's Hospital, doing office work and running errands, but I hope to eventually work with kids directly. I am also a member of the Deaf Academic Bowl and have competed on a national level. I would like to attend the University of Washington for pre-med and then attend Johns Hopkins University for graduate school.

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Nolan, '12 Scholar

Hi, my name is Nolan Wolf, and I am a senior at Nathan Hale High School. I enjoy history, science, and math. I would like to attend a small liberal arts college and eventually be a politician involved in creating laws. I work at the Pacific Science Center in the Discovery Corps Program. I enjoy following politics, hanging out with friends, and boating. I have arthrogryposis.

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Grace, '12 Scholar

Hi, I'm Grace. I am deaf and will be a senior at Edmonds Woodway High School. I want to attend the UW or Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in a math, science or engineering field. Dancing has been my passion since I was three, and I teach dance. I'm also a sports enthusiast. I volunteer in the community. I am a member of the National Honor Society and my school's Deaf Academic Bowl team, for which I have competed for three years at Nationals in Washington, DC and won an All-Star Award.