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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.