2016 Scholars

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Adrian, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Adrian Benitez. I have been Deaf all my life. I graduated from Edmonds-Woodway High School. I now attend Seattle Central College and hope to transfer to Gallaudet University. I am excited to see where my path leads!

Bryce, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Bryce Robison, and I am from Chelan, Washington. I graduated from Chelan High School. I attend Spokane Community College and play for their tennis team. I plan to transfer to Eastern Washington University to get a degree in business. After that I will return to Chelan to farm alongside my father.

Cameron, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Cameron Cox. I graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue. I attend Northern Arizona University with the hope to one day be a history teacher. I am double majoring in history education and political science. I am in the National Honor Society. I love any American history or mathematics class. I was born with cerebral palsy. I use a wheelchair to travel around. In my free time, I enjoy playing video and board games. 

Jacky, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jacky Larson. I took classes at Clark College and am currently taking a break from school and working full time as I consider what I want to study in the future. I enjoy playing sports, being with my friends, and listening to music. In the future, I would like to work for Microsoft, because they are interested in employing people who have my disability. I am a positive thinker, and I don’t let anything get me down or keep me from succeeding. I would also like to be a vlogger someday.

Jarrod, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Jarrod Swarts. I graduated from West Seattle High School and attend the University of Washington. I like history, drawing, and writing. I also like to watch anime and indie animations. I am looking at becoming a paralegal. Currently I am working at the Seattle Public Library. 

Jayda, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jayda Flowers. I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I graduated from Mount Spokane High School. I have attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. My dyslexia comes up mostly when I’m doing math or sometimes with letters when I’m reading.

Jon, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jon VanDerpool. I graduated from Oroville High School. I’m thinking about going to college to study radiology because of my knowledge of computers. I enjoy listening to heavy metal music and playing video games. I’ve been teaching myself how to play the keyboard. 

KyleeLynn, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Kyleelynn Peery, and I attend Southern New Hampshire University. My hobbies include watching TV, shopping, and spending time with the people I love. I miss spending time will my friends from DO-IT!

Micayla, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Micayla Berry. I graduated with an associate in applied arts and sciences degree in animation from Shoreline Community College. I like making art, watching movies, reading, writing, and engaging in activism. I write fiction and hope to animate my own show someday. I was on the Special Olympics Women’s National Team in 2018 and plan to attend Central Washington University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work. I have left hemiplegic cerebral palsy, ADHD, and a nonverbal learning disability.

Naomi, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Naomi Marteeny. I am currently studying at the University of Washington Bothell, majoring in business administration with a concentration in leadership and strategic innovation (LSI) and minoring in economics. I will be an officer in Women in Business next year and I just joined the supply chain management club as well. I also became a member of Toastmaster’s Club. I have devoted the last three years to dancing, mostly hip-hop. Dancing has brought major physical improvements to my daily life. I love American Sign Language and am studying Korean and Mandarin. I am currently applying for internships and scholarships in my free time. I couldn’t live without my service dog, Libby the IV. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

Rob, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rob Perlic, and I live in Pullman, Washington. I graduated from Tesla STEM High School and am now studying mechanical engineering at Washington State University. I enjoy history, music, baseball, and STEM subjects. I participated in an internship with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering in the summer of 2017.

Rochelle, ‘16 Scholar

Hello Everyone! My name is Rochelle Bowyer (she/her/hers). In 2019 I graduated from North Seattle College with a transfer degree and started my journey at the University of Washington (UW). I am majoring in communications and international studies at the UW and hope to graduate in 2022. When we aren’t in the middle of a pandemic, I work hard and travel hard. Since I was 16, I have self-funded my trips to Japan, Taiwan, and Beijing (where I studied Mandarin for three months). My last trip before the pandemic was to Alaska, where I saw a glimpse of the Northern Lights. I am one of the many student assistants of the DO-IT team

Ryan, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I am Ryan Hribernick! I live in Shoreline, Washington. I currently attend Shoreline Community College in their transition program. I have cerebral palsy. I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing video games, watching YouTube, and writing fiction stories.

Serena, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Serena Mirelez. I graduated from Chiawana High School and now attend Columbia Basin College. I would like to design technology for people with disabilities. I have a passion for video games and all kinds of music.

Takashi, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Takashi Kanai. I just graduated from Montclair State University majoring in dance and am moving to Philadelphia to hopefully pursue a career in the arts.

Teresa, ‘16 Scholar

Hello everyone! My name is Teresa Buchholz, and I attend Seattle University (SU). I was born missing both of my arms but utilize my feet to navigate life. I am a psychology major and a Chinese minor. At SU, I am also a dancer, a resident assistant, a dance coach, and a tour guide in undergraduate admissions! Feel free to reach out with any questions! 

Ziyu, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ziyu Zhu. I live in Marysville, Washington. I graduated from Marysville Getchell High School. My career goal is to be a graphic designer. In my spare time, I like to explore the great outdoors, play video games, watch movies, take pictures, and surf the internet. I also enjoy photography. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.