Phase I Scholars

2017 Scholars

Fifteen Phase I Scholars, all from Washington State, completed their first DO‑IT Summer Study session at the University of Washington in July 2017. 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 participated in sessions in exciting fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Phase I Scholars communicate with each other at 2017do‑; with all Scholars and Ambassadors at; and with the entire group of DO‑IT Scholars, Ambassadors, Pals, and Mentors at After completing Summer Study 2017, these participants graduated to Phase II.

Jono, ‘17 Scholar

I’m Jono, and I have lived in Seattle my whole life. I attend The Northwest School, where I enjoy studying the humanities. I love sports and cats. I have cerebral palsy.

Tycho, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Tycho. I am deaf. I am a junior at Chief Sealth High School. My favorite subjects are math and chemistry. I hope to study engineering in college. I enjoy solving Rubik’s Cubes, playing cards, and reading.

Miles, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Miles. I am a senior at Bellevue High School. My favorite subject is math. My hobbies are playing card and board games. I have obsessive compulsive disorder. I am interested in attending the University of Washington.

Jordan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Jordan. I’m a junior at Mount Si High School. I hope to work as a game developer when I grow up. I am deaf, but I don’t let that stop me.

Desmond, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Desmond. I attend The Center School, where I am a junior. I am studying film and chemistry this year. I have an individualized education plan (IEP). I enjoy skateboarding.

Hayley, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Hayley. I’m a junior at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Washington. I had surgery at the age of six due to cerebral cavernous malformation. I enjoy dancing, creating choreography, tumbling, and listening to music.

Emma, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Emma. I have dyslexia. I am a senior at Ballard High School, and my favorite subject is math. I hope to go into a career in mathematics or engineering. I love sports, specifically ultimate frisbee and cross country.

PJ, ‘17 Scholar

Hello there! My name is PJ. I’m a junior at Mount Rainer High School, and I attend the Puget Sound Skills Center for broadcast communications. I enjoy playing video games. I have limb girdle muscular dystrophy, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Anna, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Anna. I go to Issaquah High School, where I participate in the National Honors Society and Strong4Sam Club. I want to start a club to support Camp Goodtimes, a pediatric oncology camp. I hope to pursue a career that allows me to help people. I also like to play the piano and have learned to play by ear.

Camilo, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Camilo. I am a senior at Spanaway Lake High School. My life goal is to work for a successful company, like Microsoft or Google, and to live as luxuriously as possible. I like sports, specifically basketball and football. My favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

Alex, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex  and I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Even with all of my challenges in life, I have still been able to achieve my goals. I hope to one day become a medical researcher to find cures for ailments.

Ryan, ‘17 Scholar

Hello, my name is Ryan. I am a senior at Yellow Wood Academy. My favorite subject is math. I have Stargardt disease. I love video games.

Jane, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jane. I am a junior at The Center School. My favorite subjects are art and theater. I hope to become an actress, singer, or teach children to ride horses when I grow up. I love to draw, sing, and dance.

Nathan, ‘17 Scholar

My name is Nathan. I am a junior at 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.

Myles, ‘17 Scholar

Hi, my name is Myles. I go to Auburn Riverside High School and am in my senior year. My favorite subjects are social studies and world history. My hobbies are playing golf and basketball. I would like to be a sports commentator or analyst.