Phase I Scholars


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1998 Washington Scholars
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1998 National Scholars

Two groups of Phase I Scholars attended their first DO-IT Summer Study sessions at the University of Washington in July and August of 1998. They learned about college life and participated in college and work preparation activities. Throughout the year, they communicate with each other and other DO-IT participants. They use the Internet to support their academic studies, and they complete projects in exciting fields including science, engineering, mathematics, and technology.

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Blair, '98 Scholar

I'm from Rigby, Idaho.


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Katrina, '98 Scholar

I go to the Secondary Alternative School in Bothell, WA. I'll be a junior this fall. My disability is a traumatic brain injury. My interests include art, history, and science.


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Emily, '98 Scholar

I am from Orlando, Florida. I am sixteen and I'll be a junior. My disability is Cerebral Palsy and I get around in my power wheelchair. I use Power Secretary and a laptop computer at school. My favorite class in school is English. Some of my hobbies include reading mythology and science fiction, surfing the Net, and e-mailing friends.


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Kimberlee, '98 Scholar

I live in Gilbert, Arizona. My interests include biology and education. I love science. I love animals and doing labs. I love math. I am in the 11th grade. I am active in lots of clubs and sports. In the Continental Drift Club, we exchange students from around the world. In Anytown we help other students and discuss multicultural-related topics. I am a manager of Highland High School track team and I know CPR. 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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Eddie, '98 Scholar

I am 16 years old and a high school junior in Spokane, Washington. I am on the golf team and president of the chess team at school. I am also involved in Future Homemakers of America (FHA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).


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Shavonne, '98 Scholar

I am seventeen years old. This fall I will be a senior in high school. I live in New Orleans, Louisiana where I have been diagnosed with glaucoma, which is an eye disorder. For fun I like writing poetry, reading books and acting.


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Justin, '98 Scholar

Hi everyone. I live in the Central Adirondacks in New York state. I am 17 years old and am a junior in high school. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. My interest in science is the field of ecology. My hobbies are hiking and mountain climbing. The Internet and Web access have been very valuable to me.


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Matt, '98 Scholar

I'm in 10th grade in Washington state. I have four brothers (all half), a step dad (who is really cool), my mom, and biological dad (I like him, but don't talk to him much). I like doing high school Knowledge Bowl. My disability is a mobility impairment. I like all kinds of science and math. I like reading and playing on computers. Having a computer and Internet access has been really great because I write really slow, but I can type really fast. DO-IT will show me better ways to do things as opposed to my usual habits.


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Amy, '98 Scholar

I'm 17 years old and I live in Minnesota. I'll be a senior this fall. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I'm involved in drama at my school. In my spare time I enjoy basketball, swimming, and going to movies.


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Chris, '98 Scholar

I am 15 and live in Redmond, WA. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexsia, and Dysgraphia. I enjoy chatting, hanging out with friends, playing pool, and cracking jokes.


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Chanon, '98 Scholar

I live in Neenah, WI and I am a high school senior. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. Some of my interests are writing short works and poems and performing modern and ballet dance. I received four different writing awards on short pieces that I have composed. In June, I was given a dance scholarship to go to the Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels adult workshop held in Ohio. DO-IT is a wonderful program for students, like myself, who have disabilities and are seriously considering higher education. My plans are to attend a homestate university, major in Pyschology, and minor in English.


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Maggie, '98 Scholar

My name is Margarete, but I go by Maggie. I live in Florida. I will be a junior this school year ('98-99). I am in my high school's flag corps and participate in Winterguard. I am also involved in High School/High Tech. Through this program I am able to have a summer internship at NASA. The nature of my disability is reading comprehension which includes spelling and reading. My interests include space, chemistry, aerospace, chemical and nuclear engineering, and algebra. Working on the computer has helped me in school and in everyday activities. DO-IT lets me see what a college is like and what is expected of me.


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Brian, '98 Scholar

I live in San Diego, California. I am 16 years old and I'm in 11th grade. My disability is Cerebral Palsy. I'll be taking AP Calculus and AP Physics next year. I am a manager of the varsity football and baseball teams at my school. 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. My motto is "Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something."


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Marissa, '98 Scholar

I'm 17 years old and attend high school in Des Moines, Washington (not Iowa). I have Cerebral Palsy. I intend to attend college after graduation - community, then university - with interests in computer science, specifically computer programming, and creative writing. In my spare time, I write poetry.


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Landon, '98 Scholar

I live in Washington. I will be in eleventh grade this fall. I have Methamalonic Acidemia which makes me not able to walk. I would like to become an accountant. I have been keeping track of my own stocks. I like computers, coin collecting, cards, legos, and Nintendo.


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Jessica, '98 Scholar

I'm in the 11th grade in New Mexico. My disability is Dyslexia. I enjoy drama. My hobbies are playing on the computer and hanging out with my family and friends.


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Crystal, '98 Scholar

I am 16 years old. I live in Portland, Oregon. I am visually impaired. I am a junior in high school. I enjoy being around my friends in my free time but I don't get much of that. I love football, movies, and music. I plan to become a child counselor or a teacher once I graduate from college. Maybe I'll do both.


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Nick, '98 Scholar

I am 17 years old and I go to school in Indiana. In the fall I will be starting my senior year. I enjoy math, science, and computers. My hobbies run kind of thin but I do enjoy watching Sports Center and hanging out with my friends. I participate in track, wrestling, and swimming teams. I am a huge sports fan and I love a good football game (Go 49ers). I hope to attend college and have a productive career.

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David, '98 Scholar

I am a 10th grader from Portland, OR. I have one younger sister. I am an active member of my local Unitarian Youth Group and the MAC Club teen committee. I have congenital stationary night blindness as well as some motor deficiencies. I have interests in physics and chemistry. My hobbies include watching sports and surfing around 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. I hope that DO-IT will ease my transition to college.

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Jeffrey, '98 Scholar

I live in Kansas. In 1985 I was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia, a rare neurological condition in which the motor movement center of the brain deteriorates. I am entering my senior year in high school where I am Co-President of the Science Olympiad Club and a member of the Math and Spanish Clubs. During the past year I was accepted into the National Honor Society. I am interested in all aspects of science, especially geology, earth science (plate tectonics) and paleontology. I also enjoy all sports. In fact, I played seven seasons of soccer while I was still mobile. I have been taking Karate lessons since 1986 and continue this activity from my wheelchair. Through DO-IT and the Internet I hope I will gain access to new sources of information and knowledge to help me at school and make new friends.

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Buddy, '98 Scholar

My name is David (Buddy). I'm from Alaska and I will be a senior in high school. My disability is quadriplegia. I like baseball, and hanging out with my friends, and I think "TV rocks." I have strong interests in computers and science.

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Wesley, '98 Scholar

I live on a farm between the towns of Wolbach and Cedar Rapids in Central Nebraska. I am a totally blind seventeen-year-old student who will be a junior in high school in the fall. I am interested in physical science and algebra. I feel that computers and the Internet will enhance the quality of my life, and give me greater ease in finding information that I need. Some of my extracurricular activities include playing trumpet in our school's band, being on the speech team, and taking part in the Youth Leadership Team at our school. I feel that DO-IT will have a great impact on my future. I hope to make new friends and learn exciting things.

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Reginald, '98 Scholar

I have Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD makes it hard for me to pay attention and stay focused on whatever I am doing. I am seventeen years old and I live in Albany, Georgia. I like to talk to girls, swim, play soccer, be in the band, and, most of all, make people laugh. There's nothing better than a well placed joke. After high school I plan to go to college and study to become a physical or occupational therapist.

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Khrystal, '98 Scholar

Hi, I live in Spokane, Washington and I am 17 years old. I'll be a senior in high school this fall. My disability is Dyslexia. I have four brothers and two sisters. I work at Shopko as a sales woman. I enjoy playing softball, volleyball, basketball, and football.

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John Paul, '98 Scholar

I live in Montana. I am in 11th grade and 16 years of age. 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. Math and science are not my only interests. I like English and history, but foreign language classes are kind of hard. What I mostly like to do is outdoor stuff, but I want to be a dentist after college.

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Jessie, '98 Scholar

I am seventeen and will be a junior in high school. I have Cerebral Palsy and, as a result, use a wheelchair to get around. In my free time, I enjoy Tae Kwon Do and traveling. Academically, I like math, science, and working with computer graphics. The Internet has allowed me to seek out and use reference materials via the computer. It has also allowed me to meet new people and keep in touch through e-mail. DO-IT continues to assist me in achieving my goals.

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Michael, '98 Scholar

I am a Canadian high school student and I'll be a senior this fall. I am 16 years old. My disabilities are Learning Disability (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), neuromotor deficits, and Dysgraphia. My interests include Macintosh computers, multimedia, computer graphics, political and intellectual humor, disability issues & advocacy, assistive technology, behavioral sciences, public speaking, debate, and choral singing with the Edmonton Youth Choir. I firmly believe in taking on new challenges and broadening my horizons. My career plan is to become a pediatric psychiatrist.

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Silas, '98 Scholar

I am 15 years old and will be a high school sophomore in Washington state. My disability is a visual impairment. In my spare time I enjoy playing video games. In the future I would like to program or design computer games.

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Jessie, '98 Scholar

I am 15 years old. I am going to be in the tenth grade in high school in Seattle, Washington. I have Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My Dyslexia slows my reading speed way down so I have to allow almost double the amount of time on school work. To help overcome my ADD I use Ritalin. I am interested in foreign languages and medicine. I like dancing ballet, track, and cross country. I try not to get down about my disablility and instead focus on ways to compensate in other areas.

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Ivan, '98 Scholar

I live in Timonium, Maryland. I'll be a senior this fall. My disabilities are Cerbral Palsy and a learning disability. I have interests in biology, chemistry, and physics. I am involved in the Mock Trial, Latin and Key clubs. In my spare time I enjoy watching baseball and listening to music.

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Todd, '98 Scholar

I will be a junior in Bothell, WA this fall. My disability is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My hobbies are playing games such as video games and Magic the Gathering (card game). I am currently involved in football, wrestling, and track.

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Ronald "Hank", '98 Scholar

I'm from Spokane, Washington and I will be a senior next year. My disability is blindness. The DO-IT program is helping me prepare for college. Having the computer helps me get research information for school work as well as have fun and learn what's out there on the Internet. Some of my hobbies are listening to old-time radio shows and making my own radio shows for my 250-foot radio station.

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Arnell, '98 Scholar

Hi. I'll be a senior this fall in Washington state. My disability is Attention Deficit Hyperacivity Disorder (ADHD), and that I don't remember things that well. The computer and the Internet help me to do school work. I enjoy math. In my spare time I like listening to Prince's music. I enjoy doing stunts on my bike.

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Nichole, '98 Scholar

I'm in 11th grade. I live in Sumner, Washington and I have a brother, mom, and dad. I love playing tennis, swimming, painting, and talking. I am in an electric wheelchair, but yet I can walk. I have Dwarfism, Scoliosis & Kyphosis, and Metatrophic Displasia. I also have no cartilage in any of my joints, so yes it's very painful. I love math. This year I'm going into trigonometry and pre-calc. I love astronomy and marine biology. I have the Internet at home and my own PC, so it's nice to be able to talk to people from different states and countries. The DO-IT program will help to give me physical independence and college experience.

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Corey, '98 Scholar

I will be a senior in Seattle, Washington this year. My extracurricular activities include football, peer mediation, auto club, tech club, fish and roses club (this is a special program, combining biology with construction, aquaculture, and horticulture), and being the Cleveland Web master. Whew! My disabilities are Tourette's Syndrome, panic disorder, and epilepsy. The epilepsy causes me to lose consciousness and information stored in my head. Tourette's and anxiety problems have caused a number of social difficulties. My scientific interests are chemical engineering, biology, botany, and theoretical physics. The single most important benefit of my computer usage is that it allows my teachers to read my assignments - my handwirting and spelling are atrocious. Other benefits are being able to maintain organization (one of my biggest problems) and keeping me entertained (Believe it or not, I actually LIKE doing system setup). I made my computer swear at my dad too!

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Dustin, '98 Scholar

I live just north of Indianapolis, Indiana. I am a high school senior. I am Dyslexic and have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I hope to attend Savannah State College, in Georgia, or Ball State University, in Indiana, and study marine biology. I run varsity cross-country and track. I enjoy all sports and like to stay active.

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Abe, '98 Scholar

Hi. I am 18 years old and I will be a junior next year. My disability is a visual impairment. I live in Edmonds, Washington with my parents, sister, and brother. I like reading, lifting weights, biking, playing the drums, and listening to music and books on tape.

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Isaiah, '98 Scholar

I am 18 and I am a high school senior in Oregon. My disability is Spinocerebellar Degeneration. My hobbies include travel, writing and reading.