2017 Scholars

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Alex, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alexander Penny. I have been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy for over 15 years. My time in DO-IT gave me the confidence to go into the Running Start program, and I graduated from high school with an associate degree. I attend Middle Tennessee State University. I intend to pursue a future in law and public administration.

Anna, ‘17 Scholar

Hello! My name is Anna Ohrt. I am currently a student at Brown University studying computer science. I am legally blind and am actively involved in disability justice and advocacy work, specifically through holding leadership positions on Disability Justice at Brown’s E-Board and Brown’s Computer Science Diversity Committee. Although I don’t yet know what my future career will be, I got accepted to Microsoft’s Explore internship for this summer, where I will be able to experience working as a software engineer and a project manager. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat!

Camilo, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Camilo. My life goal is to work for a successful company, like Microsoft or Google, and to live as luxuriously as possible. I graduated from Spanaway Lake High School and have been working post-high school. I am a substitute paraeducator for Bethel Schools. I like sports, specifically basketball and football. My favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

Desmond, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Desmond Hayes. I graduated from The Center School. I enjoy watching films and skateboarding. I have issues with speech and language. Last summer, I worked at All Together Skatepark and went to Portland to work for Skate Like A Girl.

Emma, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Emma Metteer. I am from Seattle, Washington. I have dyslexia, apraxia of speech, right sided hemiparesis, strabismus/amblyopia, and Scheuermann’s Disease, which causes chronic back pain. I use assistive technology for reading and writing text. I attend Western Washington University, and I plan on majoring in supply chain management. I also play for Western’s ultimate frisbee team. In my free time, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, camping with my family, playing card games, and hanging out with my friends. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Hayley, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Hayley Lawrence. I graduated from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Washington. I graduated from cosmetology school and will be attending Western Governors University to earn a degree in special education. I had surgery at the age of six due to cerebral cavernous malformation. I enjoy dancing, choreographing, tumbling, and listening to music.

Jane, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jane (Janey) Salazar. I graduated from Middle College High School. I am taking early childhood education classes at North Seattle College. I hope to become an actress, singer, or teacher, working with children learning to ride horses. I love to draw, sing, and dance.

Jono, ‘17 Scholar

I’m Jono Anderson, and I have lived in Seattle my whole life. I graduated from The Northwest School, where I enjoyed studying the humanities. I now attend Seattle University. I love sports and cats. I have cerebral palsy. 

Jordan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jordan Gatewood. I graduated from Mount Si High School and attend Bellevue College. I hope to work as a game developer when I get older. I used to dream of being a pilot, though that dream would have been really difficult to follow due to being deaf. However, I will keep holding on to that dream, and I don’t let my disability stop me.

Miles, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Miles Bennett. I graduated from Bellevue High School and now attend Western Washington University. My favorite subject is math. My hobbies are playing card and board games. I have obsessive compulsive disorder.

Myles, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Myles Veal. I attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and I’m majoring in hospitality management with a concentration in professional golf management. It’s been great to take a sport that I enjoy as a hobby and explore all the different career opportunities. I graduated from Auburn Riverside High School.

Nathan, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Nathan Shumacher. I graduated from Kamiak High School. I like history, politics, psychology, music, coding, math, and science. I had a spinal stroke at birth. I hope to work with computers in the future. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games and watching YouTube videos. 

PJ, ‘17 Scholar

Hello there! My name is PJ O’Grady-Graham. I graduated from Mount Rainier High School and did Running Start. I am currently attending the University of Washington. I enjoy playing video games and recently have been spending a lot of time making music. I have limb girdle muscular dystrophy, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Ryan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ryan Rapoport. I graduated from Yellow Wood Academy, and I now attend Western Washington University. My favorite subject is math. I have Stargardt disease. I love playing video games.

Tycho, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Tycho Bear, and I am deaf. I graduated from Chief Sealth International High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and attend Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I enjoy economics, Chinese, and chess, which are all logic-related things that come naturally to me. For fun, I enjoy playing chess and Dota 2, solving Rubik’s cubes, and reading.