Phase I Scholars

Phase I Scholars 2016.

Seventeen Phase I Scholars, all from Washington State, attended their first DO‑IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2016. 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 2016do‑; with all Scholars and Ambassadors at; and with the entire group of DO‑IT Scholars, Ambassadors, Pals, and Mentors at After completing Summer Study 2016, these participants graduated to Phase II.

Adrian, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Adrian. I am Deaf, and I have been Deaf for all my life. I’m a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. In college, I want to learn how to make video games and become a video game tester. I’d love to attend Gallaudet, RIT, or any of the colleges close to home in Seattle. I’m excited to achieve all of my goals!

Micayla, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Micayla, and I attend Ballard High School. I like art, reading, writing, music, and sports. I play unified soccer and basketball. I like writing fiction and hope to animate my own show someday. I have left hemiplegia from a stroke and seizures.

Rochelle, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rochelle, and I’m a senior at the Center School. I am the chief Associated Student body officer in my student senate, and I’m also head delegate in the Model United Nations club. I am dyslexic.

Teresa, ‘16 Scholar

Hey! My name is Teresa, and I am a junior at Mountain View High School. I was born missing both my arms, and I have learned to do everything with my feet. I am currently an active participant in my high school varsity dance team and I am an appointed member in my leadership program. I love to serve my community to create an enriched atmosphere. In the future I would like to attend the University of Washington or the University of Portland. Throughout my entire life, I have always had a passion for kids, specifically teens and adolescents. I would like to major in psychology. My end goal is to work with teens and adolescents with drug and alcohol addictions.

Cameron, ‘16 Scholar

Hello my name is Cameron, and I am a junior at Newport High School in Bellevue. My disability is cerebral palsy and this causes me to use a wheelchair. While I am in school, my favorite classes include history and math. In college I hope to major in law, sportscasting, or teaching. I want to be a lawyer because I feel as if people with disabilities are not given a voice because of preconceived stereotypes. I want to be a teacher because I want to help foster the next generation of leaders. Finally, I want to go into the field of sportscasting because I watch an obsessive amount of sports. My main goal is to live independently and go to George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Jayda, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jayda, and I am a senior at 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.

Ryan, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I am Ryan! I live in Shoreline, Washington. I am a senior at Shorewood High School. I have cerebral palsy. I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing video games, and watching YouTube. I currently don’t know what I want to do in the future, but I would like to work on graphic novels.

Takashi, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Takashi. I am a senior at Nathan Hale High School. I am a dancer, mainly ballet and jazz, and my goal is to study dance in college. I hope to join a dance company after I graduate.

Jacky, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jacky, and I’m a junior in high school. I am from Vancouver, Washington. I enjoy playing basketball, watching YouTube, and making myself a better person to my friends, family, and everyone around me. Basketball is my passion in life; the way I get better is to listen to motivational music and picture the game. Socializing can be hard for me because of my autism spectrum disorder. I’m thankful for DO-IT for helping me to be who I am and not be ashamed of my disability. Peace out guys and don’t be afraid to email me.

Naomi, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, I am Naomi. Next year is my last year of high school. I am in Running Start at Cascadia College. My dream is to attend the University of Washington, Seattle to study psychology and neuroscience. I love hiking, and I’m training at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Georgetown. I also enjoy trampolining and hulu hooping. Lastly, I love dogs!

Serena, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Serena. I’m a senior at Chiawana High School. In the future I plan to make video games at Eastern Washington University. I would also like to make technology for people with disabilities. I have a passion for video games, and I love listening to all kinds of music.

Kylee-Lynn, ‘16 Scholar

I’m Kylee-Lynn. I have spastic diplegia, which is a form of cerebral palsy. I’m a junior at John R. Rogers High School. I love to write music, and I plan on pursuing a degree in early childhood education. I am also an honors student. I want to make the world a better place for students with disabilities.

Rob, ‘16 Scholar

Hi my name is Rob, and I live in Kirkland. I am in my senior year of high school at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond. I enjoy history, music, and baseball. I am planning on studying engineering in college.

Bryce ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Bryce, and I live in Chelan, Washington. I am a senior at Chelan High School. I am currently thinking about coming back to Chelan to be a farmer and growing pears, apples, and cherries after college. Some of my favorite things to do are to go to the lake in the summer and snow boarding in the winter.

Jarrod, ‘16 Scholar

My name is Jarrod, and I attend West Seattle High School. I like history, drawing, and writing. I also like to watch anime and indie animations, and I play video games. I don’t really know what I want to be but maybe something in the arts or computer-aided design. 

Jon, ‘16 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jon. I’m originally from San Diego, but I currently live in Oroville, WA. I’m a senior at Oroville High School. I was born with cerebral palsy. I like video games and heavy metal music. My goals are going to college and becoming a video game developer.

Ziyu, ‘16 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ziyu . I am currently a junior at Everett High School. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. My favorite subjects are mathematics and science. In my spare time, I like to explore the great outdoors, play video games, watch movies, and sometimes read. After high school, I plan to attend a four-year college to study technology. I want to work at a tech company such as Google or Microsoft.