Phase I Scholars

Phase One Scholars 2015

Seventeen Phase I Scholars, all from Washington State, attended their first DO‑IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2015. 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, and technology. Phase I Scholars communicate with each other at 2015do‑; with all Scholars and Ambassadors at; and with the entire group of DO‑IT Scholars, Ambassadors, Pals, and Mentors at After completing Summer Study 2015, these participants graduated to Phase II.

Emily, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Emily. I attend Redmond High School, and I have spastic paraplegia. I am a member of my school’s golf team, art club, and the National Art Honor Society. For fun, I enjoy playing golf, making art, getting people to laugh, and hanging out with my friends. I am interested in rehabilitation medicine and my long term goal is to become a rehabilitation physician.

London, ‘15 Scholar

Greetings, I am London, and I have have autism. I attend North Central High School in Spokane. I like video games, visual design, art, and fiction books. Also, as a general warning, I am not as funny as I pretend to be.

Aspen, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, My name is Aspen. I am deaf and use a Cochlear Implant to hear. I attend both Arlington and Edmonds-Woodway High Schools. I will be a junior this fall. I am a varsity wrestler for Arlington High School. I enjoy being active outdoors. My favorite activity is spending quality time with family and my friends and being laid back. My long term goal is to be an engineer. I hope to persue a professional athletic career as well.

Laszlo, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Laszlo! I have cerebral palsy. I am going to be a junior at Ingraham High School, and I enjoy math and science classes. I would like to have my own talk show someday. I love taking on leadership roles. I am an Associated Student Body (ASB) Representative for Student Council. When I am a senior, I hope to be elected ASB President. I enjoy listening to Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and many more. In my freshman year, I competed in the 2014 King County Special Olympics Track and Field team. I went to the State Championships in Fort Lewis, competing in the 50 meter motorized wheelchair slalom, 30 meter motorized wheelchair slalom, and softball throw. I went home with 3 gold medals. For fun, I like to play games and talk to friends on Facebook. I plan to major in psychology.

Chana, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Chana. I am a junior at Wilson High School in Tacoma. I have cerebral palsy. My favorite subjects in school are chemistry and French. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, listening to music, and playing the piano. I also enjoy musical theatre. I have a dog named Wrinkles. My goal is to become a pediatrician.

Andrew, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Andrew. I am going to be a senior at Anacortes High School. I have been part of the Anacortes Robotics Team for 2 years. On the robotics team, we went to St. Louis for the world championship in both of my years on the team. I like to hike and play video games. I am interested in nature and how it works. My career goal is to be a biologist. I am deaf.

Max, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Max. I am a junior at Camas High School. I have Asperger syndrome, and I enjoy learning about linguistics. I am an active member of my church and assisted in feeding the homeless. I’m also learning kung fu! I love cats, and I am learning to speak Spanish (Pero no soy fluido en la lengua). For fun, I like to be on my computer. My long term goal is to be a computer engineer.

Dewald, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Dewald. I attend Bellingham High School. My favorite subjects are history and biology. I am a wrestler on my school’s varsity team. I have cerebral palsy. I was born in South Africa as the middle kid of a set of triplets and weighed only 2 pounds when I was born. I am a fanatical follower of soccer and support the USA teams and the Seattle Sounders.

Kaitlyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Kaitlyn. I attend Naches Valley High School. I have cerebral palsy. I enjoy listening to music, drawing, and watching movies. My favorite activity is writing. I’ve been in choir throughout high school, and I love animals.

Eli, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Eli. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and I am in 11th grade at North Thurston High School. I play percussion. I enjoy reading, sports, music, astronomy, and video games. I have four cats and one dog; my dog looks similar to a baby bear. My long term interests are to be a sports analyst/writer, astronomer, historian, or to work in the music industry.

Jonah, ‘15 Scholar

Hey, my name’s Jonah. I am going to be a junior at North Thurston High School. I am a member of the National Honor Society. I am in our school band as a baritone player. I love history and sports. For fun, I watch sports and play video games. My long term goal is to be a sports writer or a historian. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Brookelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brookelyn. I attend White River High School in Buckley, Washington. I am an active member of Future Farmers of America (FFA). I was also an athlete in the Unified Special Olympic Sports, which includes people of all levels of ability. I participated in bowling, basketball, and soccer. I love working hard and getting good grades in my classes. I’m on the autism spectrum and I also have learning disabilities. As a result, I get special services at my school like math support. I enjoy reading the Harry Potter books, doing art, and participating in sports. I also love anything that has to do with music.

Hailey, ‘15 Scholar

My name is Hailey. I am a junior and actively participate in leadership roles at Cheney High School. I like cooking, music, watching movies, enjoying the great outdoors (fishing, camping, boating, kayaking), and hanging out with friends. After high school, I plan to attend a college or university to further my education. I love science and animals, but I am still trying to decide what career path to take. I have attention deficit disorder and a learning disability.

Tasha ‘15 Scholar

Hi, I’m Tasha. I’m going to be a senior at Pullman High School this year. I’m really into fitness, working out, and sports. I enjoy many sports but my favorite is wrestling; I have been a wrestler for five years and I’m going on my 6th year. My long term goals would be to study kinesiology in college and become a personal trainer. My short term goal is to create a mini-cook book for my senior project that’s for people that have sickle cell so they can maintain their health.

Ryan, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, I’m Ryan. I attend Mt. Spokane High School and have a learning disability. I am a member of the National Honor Society. My hobbies include singing, fishing, working out, doing anything football related, and most of all spending time with my family. I really enjoy being a DO-IT Scholar.

Katelyn, ‘15 Scholar

Hi my name is Katelyn. I am entering my senior year at Bonney Lake High School. I have myotonic muscular dystrophy which affects my limbs and face. I enjoy the outdoors and taking walks. My hobbies include being on YouTube, hanging with friends, and listening to music, especially metal. I absolutely love cats!

Grady, ‘15 Scholar

Hello, my name is Grady. I am a junior at Puyallup High School, where I’m involved in Key Club. I have congenital muscular dystrophy and have attended Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp for six years. I enjoy computers and keeping up with the latest news in technology. In my spare time, I like spending time with my friends, family, dog, and cat. I plan to attend a four-year university to pursue a career in a technology field.