Phase III Scholars

2008 DO-IT Scholars

Phase III Scholars are completing high school or transitioning to college. Throughout the year, they communicate with other Scholars, Ambassadors, and Mentors and participate in DO-IT activities. Some become Interns at DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences. Once Scholars complete Phase II Summer Study and graduate from high school they became DO-IT Ambassadors. DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment.

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Yomara, '08 Scholar

Hi. I am Yomara. Doing well in school has always been my number-one priority and it has paid off. I will be attending the University of Washington, Bothell in the fall. I have spinal muscular atrophy type 2, which is why I use a power chair to get around. I have a passion for chocolate and the color pink :). I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Mack, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Mack. I graduated from Global Connections High School in SeaTac. I have cerebral palsy. I have been working at my local YMCA. I am studying early childhood education at Highline Community College. Basketball, football, track, and baseball are my favorite sports. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Erica, '08 Scholar

Hi. I am Erica. I have Erb's palsy on my right arm. I graduated from Pateros High School. This fall, I will be attending the University of Washington as a freshman. I am super excited about college! I am interested in studying oncology and becoming a doctor someday. I love tennis; it is my absolute favorite sport in the entire world! I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Russell, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Russell. I graduated from Liberty High School and am a freshman at Bellevue College. I plan to be involved with law enforcement or be a lawyer. I have Asperger's syndrome. I love driving my car. I enjoy video games and racing dirt bikes.

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Sam, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Sam. I study architectural design and drafting at a community college. I enjoy long-distance running, playing the trumpet, building with Legos, and playing video and computer games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Harvest Moon, Civilization, Rune Factory, and Trauma Center: Under the Knife. Even though I have dyslexia, which means I have trouble reading and writing, I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter book and movie series. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Collin, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Collin. I am attending Shoreline Community College on a soccer scholarship before I transfer to a four-year school. I would like to go into politics after college. I have dyslexia.

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Emily, '08 Scholar

Hi. I am Emily. I am attending Bellevue College and have just completed my second quarter of American Sign Language. I am a member of the National Ski Patrol. I have dyslexia and dysgraphia, which was diagnosed at a young age. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Derek, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Derek. I have a non-verbal learning disability and dysgraphia. During the summer, I am a youth camp counselor. Counseling helps prepare me for a career as a band teacher. I enjoy refereeing indoor and outdoor soccer games, playing video games, having a good time with friends, and playing a variety of instruments. I also enjoy manga and anime. I went to Olympia and lobbied a bill for financial education in math classes, and I hope to get involved in politics later in life.

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Nejowa, '08 Scholar

Hey! My name is Nejowa. I attend Highline Community College and would like to be a youth counselor. I have used a wheelchair for the past seven years and have had fun playing wheelchair basketball for the past three years. I hope to attend the University of Illinois and continue to play basketball. In high school, my favorite subjects were language arts and leadership. In my free time, I like to use the computer, go outdoors, and hang out with my friends in the sunshine. I am a Sounders fan and like to go to soccer games. I enjoy music and everyone knows I am obsessed with Lady Gaga. Overall, I am an outgoing person and like to make things interesting in my life. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Marco, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Marco. I graduated from high school. My goal is to earn an associate's degree at Highline Community College in chemistry and eventually study biochemistry at the University of Washington. I like to read and play computer games. I am working at a computer programming internship. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Christopher, '08 Scholar

Hi! My name is Chris and I am going to attend Pacific Lutheran University this fall. I really enjoy swimming, and I was on my high school swim team this past season. History is my favorite subject, and I am thinking of being either a historian or a political analyst. I also enjoy the sciences, especially studying animals and space. My favorite type of music is country, and my favorite country group is Lady Antebellum. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Carolyn, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Carolyn. I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Christine, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Christine and I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I have cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. In high school, I participated in track-and-field, cross-country, and basketball. I hope to someday play in collegiate wheelchair sports at either the University of Arizona or Illinois. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Nate, '08 Scholar

Hi. I am Nate. I have a learning disability that affects my reading and writing. I use technology as an accommodation whenever I can. I attend California State University, Chico. I am majoring in business information systems with an emphasis in management. I plan to incorporate my love of language and continue studying Spanish and Mandarin.

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Aaron, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Aaron. I live in West Seattle and graduated from Chief Sealth High School. I have dyslexia, which affects my word retrieval skills, and I have an auditory processing delay. I run cross country and play on the school's Ultimate Frisbee team, which I helped found. I am interested in computer programming, math, and science (especially biology), technical theater, and choral singing. I was a Microsoft intern last summer.

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Wesley, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Wesley. I graduated from high school and am interested in attending Lower Columbia College. I use a wheelchair to get around because I have quadriplegia. I appreciate when people ask me questions directly instead of asking my nurse. Someday, I hope to be a psychologist working with children or families. One of my favorite things to do each day is watch Dr. Phil. In my spare time, I like to read.

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Erik, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Erik. I graduated from Burlington Edison High School where I participated in the debate team and was named as a Rotary student of the month. I will be attending Western Washington University in the fall to pursue a degree in history and business. I would like to be an accountant. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I am a New England Patriots fan and love watching sports. I also love watching the History Channel and playing strategy games.

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Brianna, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Brianna. I graduated from Woodinville High School and will be attending Cascadia Community College in the fall. I hope to go to a four-year university after I finish community college. I would like to have a career working with children with special needs. I can walk, but I sometimes use a wheelchair because I have cerebral palsy. I also have some visual and hearing impairments. I use Pidgin Signed English (PSE) to communicate in large crowds or in a classroom. I love bowling and riding horseback. In my spare time, I like to read and knit.

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Shelby, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Shelby. I graduated from Eisenhower High School. I attended Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) for a semester before landing my dream job as an American Sign Language interpreter for the Sunnyside School District. I also have a freelance interpreting business. I plan to return to YVCC to study Spanish with the goal of becoming the only trilingual interpreter in the Yakima Valley. I am living in my own apartment. It can be a little lonely sometimes, but I am keeping busy. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.

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Jeremy, '08 Scholar

Hi. My name is Jeremy. I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I plan to pursue pediatric psychology to work with children with physical disabilities. Currently, I am working in a paid internship at an occupational therapy office. I have cerebral palsy and play wheelchair rugby and basketball. I am also involved in weight lifting, archery, track-and-field, and table tennis. I enjoy reading fantasy and science fiction books. I am also learning Japanese. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2010.