'98 National Ambassadors

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DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with the younger DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and careers.

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Maggie, '98 Scholar

Hi. My name is Maggie. I attend Brevard Community College in Florida. I'm studying chemical engineering. I have a learning disability. I have a summer internship at NASA. Working on the computer has helped me in school and in everyday activities. DO-IT lets me see what college is like and what is expected of me.

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Blair, '98 Scholar

My name is Blair and I'm from Rigby, ID. I attend the University of Idaho and plan on earning a degree in physics. I will start my two-year mission for my church in the fall.

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Emily, '98 Scholar

My name is Emily and I am from Orlando, FL. This fall, I might attend community college in Arizona. My disability is Cerebral Palsy; I get around in my power wheelchair. I use Power Secretary and a laptop computer at school. My hobbies include reading mythology and science fiction, surfing the Net, and e-mailing friends.

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Kimberlee, '98 Scholar

My name is Kimberlee, and I live in Gilbert, AZ. In the near future I would like to attend college, but I have a lot going on right now. Currently I am working three part-time jobs. My interests include biology, education, science, math, animals, and doing labs. I also like to travel. I think I'd like to be a teacher or a model. I have mild Cerebral Palsy and I KNOW THAT WON'T STOP ME FROM DOING ANYTHING THAT IS HARD FOR ME.

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Amy, '98 Scholar

My name is Amy. I live in Minnesota. I attend Cambridge Community College, and I'm majoring in journalism. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I enjoy basketball, swimming, and going to movies. I'm also writing a novel in my spare time.

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Brian, '98 Scholar

My name is Brian. I live in San Diego, CA. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I attend the University of Washington. I want to major in computer science and minor in business. I have participated in many sports. For example, when I was young, I played little league, karate, and track and field. My favorite sport is baseball. I also have my own Web site. My motto is "Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something."

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Landon, '98 Scholar

My name is Landon. I live in Washington state. I attend South Puget Sound Community College and major in accounting to hopefully become a CPA. I have been keeping track of my own stocks. I like computers, coin collecting, cards, and Nintendo. I have Methamalonic Acidemia, which caused a stroke that makes me not able to walk. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

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Jessica, '98 Scholar

Hi. My name is Jessica. I attend Sante Fe Community College in New Mexico, in which I got a 3.5 GPA spring quarter. My disability is Dyslexia. I enjoy art. I like to play on the computer, and spending time with my family and friends.

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Nick, '98 Scholar

My name is Nick. I am 20 years old, and I attend the University of Notre Dame. I will be graduating in the spring of 2003 with a double major in economics and computer application. I am a huge sports fan, and I love a good football game (Go Irish).

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David, '98 Scholar

My name is David. I am from Portland, OR, and I attend Grinnell College in Iowa. I have one younger sister and one wonderful dog. I am an active member of the Grinell College Young Democrats and the Grinell Unitarians. I have congenital stationary night blindness as well as some motor deficiencies. I have interests in political science, economics, and history. I am also interested in accessibility! I have an accessibility guide at my Web site (http://members.home.com/davidjarvis/). My hobbies include watching sports and surfing on the Internet. I use a laptop at school to type all my work because I have poor handwriting. I couldn't survive without it. DO-IT has remained a strong force in my life, and I really appreciate its influence. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.

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Jeffrey, '98 Scholar

My name is Jeffrey. I live in Massachusetts. In 1985 I was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare neurological condition in which the motor movement center of the brain deterioates. This year I graduated from Middlesex Community College with a 3.86 GPA. I am going to Northeastern University in the fall. I am interested in all aspects of science, especially geology, earth science (plate tectonics), genetics, and paleontology. I also enjoy all sports. In fact, I played seven seasons of soccer while I was still mobile. DO-IT and the Internet give me access to resources that help me at school.

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Buddy, '98 Scholar

My name is David (Buddy), and I'm from Alaska. I plan to attend a university and major in a sports field. I have strong interests in computers and science. My disability is quadriplegia. I like baseball and hanging out with my friends, and I think "TV rocks."

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Wesley, '98 Scholar

My name is Wesley. I live on a farm between two small towns in central Nebraska. I attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln where I am majoring in computer science. In my spare time, I like to chat with my friends on-line, surf the Web, read books and technology-related magazines, and listen to rap, alternative, or pop music. DO-IT has provided me with numerous friendships and resources to use in college and job-hunting. The DO-IT mailing lists are neat and useful tools. I will use information gained from them throughout college and the career world.

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John Paul, '98 Scholar

My name is John Paul, and I live in Montana. I attend the University of Montana, majoring in biology. I like to do a lot of outdoor sports like skiing, hiking, biking, and mountain climbing. I'm deaf. I lost my hearing when I was 11 from a sickness. I'm a nice guy. I get along well with others. I'm also funny. I enjoy math, science, English, and history, but foreign language classes are kind of hard. I want to be a dentist after college.

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Jessie, '98 Scholar

My name is Jessie, and I am from Washington State. I attend Arizona State University, and plan to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in either psychology or political science. I have Cerebral Palsy and, as a result, use a wheelchair to get around. I enjoy Tae Kwon Do, traveling, and surfing the Internet. I was an Intern at Summer Study '00.

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Ivan, '98 Scholar

My name is Ivan. I live in Timonium, MD. I attend St. Mary's College of Maryland, where I live on campus. My disabilities are Cerebral Palsy and a learning disability. I have interests in biology, chemistry, and physics. I was accepted into the Nitze Scholars Program at St. Mary's. In my spare time, I enjoy watching baseball and listening to music.

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Ronald "Hank", '98 Scholar

My name is Hank. I'm from Spokane, WA, and I graduated from Shadle Park High School last year. My disability is blindness. DO-IT is helping me prepare for college; I would like to attend Bible college in the near future. Having a computer helps me get research information for school work and is also fun. I enjoy listening to old-time radio shows. I set up my own Internet radio station.

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Dustin, '98 Scholar

My name is Dustin. I attend Ball State University in Muncie, IN. I am a junior, majoring in physical education and minoring in health. I work as a resident assistant. I have Dyslexia but have found ways of getting around it.

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Isaiah, '98 Scholar

My name is Isaiah. I live in Oregon. I attend Pacific University, majoring in teaching. My disability is Spinocerebellar Degeneration. My hobbies include travel, writing, and reading. I was an Intern in Summer Study '00.