Phase I Scholars

Group photo of 2014 DO-IT Scholars

Eighteen Phase I Scholars, all from Washington state, attended their first DO‑IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington (UW) in July 2014. They learned about college life and prepared for college and careers. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other, DO‑IT participants, and DO‑IT Mentors. They use laptops, assistive technology, and the Internet to support their academic studies, and they complete projects in exciting fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and business. Phase I Scholars communicate with each other at 2014do‑; with all Scholars and Ambassadors at; and with the entire group of DO‑IT Scholars, Ambassadors, Pals, and Mentors at After completing Summer Study 2014, these participants graduated to Phase II.

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Carl, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Carl. I am a junior at Woodinville High School, where I plan to join the debate team. I like music and love to play the drums. I like playing games on my Xbox and computer. I have two dogs. I am also a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. For fun, I take flying lessons. My long term goal is to be a lawyer or work in business. I recently took my first Advanced Placement test to receive college credit. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Sean, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Sean. My favorite classes are auto shop, math, and history. I have complete hearing loss in both ears and two cochlear implants that let me hear. My favorite activities are hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing sports, and listening to music. I like hip hop and rap but I am open to all kinds of music. When I hang out with friends, we play football or basketball. I play football for my high school so I work out three times a week.

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Jason, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Jason and I am a junior at Mountlake Terrace High School. I am a member of the National Honor Society. I like to play baseball, basketball, and softball. I also run track and cross country, swim, and bowl. In my free time I enjoy playing video games and keeping score for the Mariners games. I would like to be either a Major League Baseball statistician or a technology engineer. I hope to attend the UW. I have a visual impairment.

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Anita, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Anita. I will be a senior at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. I use a wheelchair because I suffered from polio when I was a baby living in India. I am interested in social work, psychology, and education. I am a competitive swimmer, and I love doing community service. I also love to read, hangout with friends, and meet new people.

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Aja, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Aja. I go to Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish. I have minor cerebral palsy. My favorite subject is the Marine Corps Junior 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 and the National Honor Society. I enjoy archery and playing the piano. I am also an avid reader.

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Calleese, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, I’m Calleese. I attend iTech Preparatory and next year I’ll be in Running Start. I have a learning disability. I’m the vice president of the Local Association Student Council which helps students from different schools and events to come together and learn from each other. I’m also a Key Club officer, and attended a weekend leadership camp. After I tore my ACL during a soccer game, I started learning photography. Now I’m a yearbook officer, head photographer, and editor. I attended DigiGirlz at Microsoft Portland and We Day Seattle, where we were inspired by other people’s stories and learned how to be better leaders. I am a very relaxed, outgoing type of person. I love playing sports, being outdoors, and adventuring. I have a cute grey bunny who I adore named Hopper. I’m also a twin!

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Jin, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jin-Ning, and I am hard of hearing. I attend Roosevelt High School in Seattle. I play percussion in symphonic band, marching band, and drumline. I enjoy reading, solving math problems, listening to music, playing basketball, and gaming. My main focus is on becoming an architect. After graduating high school, I may attend the UW or the ITT Technical Institute.

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Thor, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Thor, and I attend Burlington-Edison High School. I am a WyldLife student leader and an active member of Young Life. I enjoy reading many genres of books, but my favorite is mythology. I enjoy hunting and fishing and I am in a 4-H club. My career goal is to become a forensics analyst or accountant. I have a form of muscular dystrophy called Desmond myopathy.

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Kennedy, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Kennedy, and I attend Wilson High School. My favorite subjects are art, English, and science. During my spare time I enjoy listening to rock music, playing video games, and watching movies. I listen to an array of rock music, from Led Zeppelin to Alice in Chains. I went to my first rock concert last year and I’m going to another this summer. I like action movies and comedies. I’d like to be a psychologist.

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Vanessa, ‘14 Scholar

Hi! My name is Vanessa and I attend South Whidbey High School, where I am a member of the National Honor Society and participate in my school’s feminist/gender equality club. Taylor Swift is my favorite singer, but I also like James Taylor and movie soundtracks. I like to watch BBC TV shows like Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey. My favorite books are How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, and Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah, but Harry Potter has a special place in my heart. I love to work with Photoshop and hope to one day be a graphic designer. I have Ollier disease.

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Alex, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alex. I will be a senior at International School in the fall. I am the recipient of two presidential awards for academic excellence. I enjoy electronic gadgets and reading about how the latest technology improves people’s lives. I also like to draw objects and cartoon characters and aspire to be a well known artist someday. I am a huge theme park/roller coaster enthusiast. My long term goal is to become an engineer or an economic manager. I have a mild autism spectrum disorder.

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Lindsey, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Lindsey. I attend Graham-Kapowsin High School. I like to read, write, and draw, watch TV and listen to music. I attend the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp every year, where we swim, fish, ride in motorcycle sidecars, and do many other activities. I have a retired service dog named Wonder and three siblings; I’m the oldest of the bunch. When I graduate from college, I want to be an author and work with digital graphic art, preferably at DreamWorks Animation Studio. I have spinal muscular dystrophy Type 2/3, but it just adds a little more spice to my life, along with a wheelchair.

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Teo, ‘14 Scholar

Hi, my name is Teodoro. I attend Granite Falls High School, where my favorite classes are science and math. I hope to become a doctor. I like to hang out with my friends and be involved at school, like in Spanish Club. I have a learning disability.

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Matt, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Matthew, and I attend Mt. Spokane High School. I am in Spanish Club and the National Honor Society, and founded my school’s Archery Club. I have earned a First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. I served on the Student Board for the Mobius Science Center and continue to volunteer. My favorite activities are fishing, snorkeling, archery, puzzles, and spending time at the beach looking for shells and treasures. I also love playing video games; some of my favorites are the Assassin’s Creed series, Minecraft, and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. I have one brother and one sister. My goal is to be an engineer.

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Mikaela, ‘14 Scholar

Hello, my name is Mikaela. I am a senior at Southridge High School and I attend Columbia Basin College as a Running Start student. I am a cheerleader and a gymnast. I’ve been to several summer camps, including cheer camps. I absolutely love pugs and have a pug puppy of my own. For fun, I love to tumble and stunt. I’d like to work in the medical field, hopefully in anesthesiology.

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Mike, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Michael and I attend Tonasket High School where I am in student government. I am also in the Boy Scouts of America. In my spare time, I like to listen to country music and draw and play games on my iPad. I had cancer when I was one year old. I love animals, and my goal is to be a vet or vet tech.

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Eric, ‘14 Scholar

My name is Eric and I will be a junior in the fall. I was named the “Most Inspirational Student” in 8th grade and I am a member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, I like to be active. I play 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 also own two dogs and love to play with them.

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Sangha, ‘14 Scholar

Sangha, and I attend Bellevue High School. I like to play music, video games, and sports. I play clarinet in symphonic band. I also play basketball every Saturday. I’m on cross country and track teams every winter and spring. For fun, I play video games, but my favorite hobby is watching YouTube videos about new games. I’d like to be a computer engineer. I have an autism spectrum disorder.