2014 Scholars

2014 Scholars


Carl, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Carl. I graduated from Woodinville High School and now attend the University of Washington where I study marketing and international studies. I like music and playing the drums. I also like gaming on my Xbox. I have a dog named Amy. I am a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. I am interested in geography and business. I took an Advanced Placement (AP) test to receive college credit. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Sean, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sean. My favorite classes are machining and trigonometry. I have complete hearing loss in both ears and two cochlear implants. I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing sports, and listening to music. I like rap most, but I am open to other genres. I played football for my high school. I attended Rochester Institute of Technology and now attend Olympic College.

Jason, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Jason, and I am a third year student at Clark College. I will be graduating from Clark with my associate of arts degree in business management at the end of the 2018—2019 school year. I still enjoy running to stay in shape, and I like to go bowling with friends. For fun I enjoy playing video games and keeping score for Mariners games.

Anita, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Anita. I’m a senior at the University of Portland studying early education. I use a wheelchair because I contracted polio when I was a baby living in India. I love doing community service, reading, hanging out with friends, and meeting new people.

Aja, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Aja. I graduated from Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish and intend to go to the University of Washington after Edmonds Community College. I have mild cerebral palsy. My favorite subject is the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). In the future I intend to cure cerebral palsy, so I can join the Army. I’ve been a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the National Honor Society. I enjoy archery and playing the piano. I am also an avid reader.

Calleese, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Calleese. I attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. I’m from Vancouver, Washington, and I attended a STEM based school called iTech Preparatory. I took running start classes at Clark Community College. I have a learning disability. I was the president of the local association student council, which helps students from different schools and events come together and learn from each other. In 2016, I planned a leadership summit for three different districts to attend. After I tore both of my ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament in the knee) during a soccer game, I started learning photography. I was a yearbook officer, head photographer, and editor. I travel a lot with my twin around Southern Washington and Oregon. I am a very relaxed, outgoing person. I love playing sports, being outdoors, and adventuring. I’ve been busy and miss seeing everyone!

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Jin, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jin, and I am hard of hearing. I attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle. I played percussion in symphonic band, marching band, and drumline. I enjoy reading, solving math problems, listening to music, playing basketball, and gaming. I would like to become a computer scientist. I attend the University of Washington in Seattle.

Thor, ‘14 Scholar

Thor graduated from Burlington-Edison High School. He was a WyldLife student leader and an active member of Young Life. Thor enjoyed reading many genres of books, but his favorite was mythology. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was in a 4-H club. Thor’s career goal was to become a lawyer. He had a form of muscular dystrophy called Desmin myopathy. Thor passed away in 2016.

Kennedy, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Kennedy. I attend Tacoma Community College. It has been an awesome experience, much better than high school. Some of my favorite courses are psychology and sociology. I am working toward an associate of arts degree. During my spare time I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, boating with my family, and listening to music. I listen to an array of music, from Radiohead to Alice in Chains and Led Zeppelin. I saw a few great concerts this summer at the White River Amphitheater. My favorite movie genres are comedy and action. My career goal is to become a clinical psychologist.

Vanessa, ‘14 Scholar

Hi! My name is Vanessa. I graduated from Skagit Valley College with an associate technical arts degree in multimedia and interactive technology, and I transferred to the University of Washington. I am a creative production intern at Rooted in Rights, a project of Disability Rights Washington, where I work from my home on Whidbey Island to aid the creative team in the production of graphic design projects for disability rights organizations across the country. In my spare time I volunteer at Whidbey Island Nourishes, a local non.profit that provides food for hungry school children. I also spend a lot of time listening to Taylor Swift and the Hamilton soundtrack, as well as reading an endless list of novels on my Kindle. I have Ollier’s disease/Maffucci syndrome.

Alex, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Alex. I graduated from the International School in Bellevue. Currently I am a junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in computer science. I have received three years of presidential awards for academic excellence along with the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education Award. I enjoy video games and love to read about video game news. I’m also a huge fan of the Beatles. I want to find an internship at a video game company.

Lindsey, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Lindsey. I attend the University of Washington. This year, I was selected to be the events coordinator intern for the ASUW Student Disability Commission 2017-18. I also gave interviews regarding accessible and universal design for the UW Daily, as well as helped create and run the 2018 F*** Stairs campaign at UW. The campaign asked able-bodied students to avoid using stairs for a month to showcase inaccessibility issues around campus. I also remained on the UW Dean’s List from Fall 2016 to Spring 2018. This past year I wrote a few books and several scripts for a sitcom idea about an LGBTQ+ wheelchair-user trying to make her town more accessible. I attended the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp until I was 17, and this year, I get to go to Camp Promise! When I graduate, I want to be an animator and scriptwriter to design disabled characters for the big screen. I’m a cripple punk, have spinal muscular atrophy Type 2/3, and use a wheelchair.

Teo, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Teo. I like to spend time with family and friends. I’m a nice, funny, and friendly person. I will be attending Everett Community College in the fall, plan to major in the medical field, and hope to transfer to the University of Washington.

Matthew, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Matthew. I graduated from Mt. Spokane High School, where I was in Spanish club, National Honor Society, gamer’s club, student council, and the prom committee. I founded my school’s archery club. I have a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. I served on the student board for the Mobius Science Center and volunteer at the museum. My favorite activities are spending time with my family, fishing, snorkeling, archery, completing puzzles, and spending time at the beach looking for shells, sea glass, and other cool stuff. I also love playing video games, including Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Bioshock, Fallout New Vegas, and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. I have a twin brother and a younger sister. I am a sophomore at Eastern Washington University (EWU), where I am involved with a new disability club. I plan to major in social work. I am enrolled in two national honor programs and on the dean’s list. I currently work at the EWU bookstore as a floor assistant. I have been a guest speaker at my former high school on attending a four-year college right out of high school.

Mikaela, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Mikaela. I attend Washington State University. I am studying nursing and psychology.

Michael, ‘14 Scholar

Hi DO-IT Scholars! My name is Michael! I am currently living on my own in Omak, Washington and going to Wenatchee Valley College to get my associate degree while working part-time. I love to meet new friends. I also like to share what I have learned with others and volunteer with the food bank and at the local senior citizen center. I had cancer when I was one year old.

Eric, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Eric. I am a sophomore at Duke University majoring in electrical and computer engineering. I was named the “Most Inspirational Student” in 8th grade and am a member of the National Honor Society. I played on my school and club soccer teams. I also enjoy both playing and listening to music. I play drums and guitar. My family and I volunteer at the Issaquah Meals Program, which provides food for people in need. I love to play with my dog, and I also help pet sit for my neighbors when they go on vacation.

Sangha, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sangha. I graduated from Bellevue High School where I played clarinet in the symphonic band. For fun I play ping pong and computer games. My favorite hobby is watching YouTube videos about new games. I like spending time with my friends. I am a sophomore at Seattle Pacific University studying to be a computer engineer. I join the DO-IT community for events whenever possible. I continue to figure out ways to work with my autism spectrum disorder.