Phase III Scholars & Ambassadors

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Phase III Scholars are completing high school or transitioning to college. Some become Interns at DO-IT Summer Study and participate in other work experiences. Phase III Scholars have attended multiple Summer Studies and shared in many classes, events, and activities. Once 2021 Summer Study was over, Phase III Scholars who graduated from high school became DO-IT Ambassadors. DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing competitive postsecondary studies and challenging 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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Aidan, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, I’m Aidan Leffler. I enjoy my classes at Sammamish High School, particularly in English and history. I love to read and write. I participated in both the journalism and debate clubs. For higher education, I’d like to focus on science, English, and history at a school like the University of Washington or Whitman College. I plan on earning a master’s degree in journalism. I like to travel and have been to Africa twice and visited Russia for the World Cup. My dream job is to own a bookstore or cafe and live upstairs with cats.

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Alexis, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Alexis Sabin! I enjoyed my classes in math and art at Mossyrock High School, but my main passion is drawing. I will be attending DigiPen to pursue a bachelor’s degree in digital art and animation. My goal is to be an animator. I hope to have my own cartoon series online. I also played trombone in my school’s pep band, and participated in Knowledge Bowl. I enjoy video games, Doctor Who, and anime. I love musicals; my favorites are Little Shop of Horrors and Be More Chill. I have autism.

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Alison, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, my name is Alison Barlow, and I am biracial. I’ve got an auditory processing disorder (APD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I am attending Green River College and considering a career in human resources or journalism. I love writing and have written some short stories. I have joined several clubs at my college and am also active in my church; I am excited for the pandemic to end and the ability to engage more outside of my house. I love taking walks, learning, and reading. My favorite book genres are realistic fiction and historical fiction, although I do like nonfiction, fantasy, and self-help books, too. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

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Carlin, ‘19 Scholar

My name is Carlin Markestad; I attend the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) where my favorite classes are chemistry and guitar. I live in Tacoma. I am working on my Eagle rank in Boy Scouts of America. I would like to either become a park ranger or learn more about biomechanics in college.

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David, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m David Worthington. I enjoy science and history. I graduated from West Valley High School and Running Start and am starting at Western Washington University. I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. I volunteer at my local pet shelter to help animals in need. I am interested in the environment and everything else on our planet.

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Ellie, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Ellie Pelton. I recently graduated from Skyline High School as a Running Start student and will attend Case Western Reserve University this year pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. I enjoy learning about all things medical, knitting, and hanging out with my adorable dog, Ollie. I am also a huge Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fan, and I love to play Settlers of Catan. I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, and a sleep disorder. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

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Grant, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Grant Blasko. I am an autistic augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) user from Bellevue, WA. I am dual-enrolled in Bellevue High School and Bellevue College. I am really enjoying my psychology and sociology classes. Disability advocacy work for non-speakers is a passion of mine. I have been a national TASH Communication Access Workgroup member for four years, and now I am an advisory board member for CommunicationFirst. I’m currently co-designing a course for communication classroom support considerations with New York University. This summer I will attend the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy

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Jacob, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Jacob Marzynski! I want to focus my engineering and design passions on improving the design of transit systems and adaptive products. I attend Cleveland STEM High School in Seattle. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Asperger syndrome. I have served as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s local Goodwill Ambassador, making public appearances, raising funds, and giving media interviews. I am also a professional DJ and like cats. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021.

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Kayla, ‘19 Scholar

Hello, my name is Kayla Ludlow! I am most interested in English and life sciences such as biology, earth and space science, anatomy and physiology, and neuroscience. I have a variety of potential career interests from neuroscience to real estate to education. Some of my favorite things are kittens, music, singing, and fuzzy blankets. I have low vision and oculocutaneous albinism. I am currently enrolled at Brigham Young University in Idaho, and have completed credit classes at the University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, and Bellevue College.

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Kelvin, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Kelvin Ramos. I am currently attending Wenatchee Valley College. My goal is to transfer to Central Washington University to major in sports management to become a soccer coach. I’m also a huge World Cup fan and have helped as an honorary assistant coach for the high school soccer team for two years. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Merritt, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Merritt DeShon. I have autism. I graduated from Friday Harbor High School in the beautiful San Juan Islands. I am now attending Central Washington University. I hope to pursue a degree in the natural sciences such as archaeology to educate people about flora, fauna, animals, and history in a national park setting. I am an avid reader, love music, and play both the piano and alto saxophone. I love being outdoors and spending time with my family. I returned as an Ambassador during Summer Study 2021. 

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Norma, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Norma Sanchez! I attend the Lummi Nation School in Bellingham. I enjoy playing video games, history, drawing, and music. I play the clarinet. I have a learning disability. I hope to begin Running Start next year and then pursue a career in the geosciences or biological sciences. 

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Paula, ‘19 Scholar

I’m Paula Sanchez, and I attend the Lummi Nation School in Bellingham. I have a learning disability. I like music and play the flute. I also enjoy drawing and playing video games. I hope to begin Running Start next year and then pursue a career in science or history.

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Risa, ‘19 Scholar

Hi! My name is Risa Lockwood. I attend The Community School in Spokane. I enjoy arts like sewing, mixed media, sculpting, and digital art/animation, as well as sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. I lived in Australia for a year and also have a terrier mix dog named Ernie. I have autism and narcolepsy

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Rohan, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, my name is Rohan Mukherjee. I attend Tesla STEM High School in Redmond where my two favorite subjects are science and mathematics. I hope to gain experience in computer science and have a career in the biomedical sciences. I have attended Boy Scout camp in previous summers and have spent time in India.

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Sam, ‘19 Scholar

Hi, I’m Samuel. I graduated from high school in 2021. I also did Running Start this past year and studied calculus, college English (my second language!), and some computer classes. I am from China and can speak Mandarin Chinese. I have been playing wheelchair basketball for a few years and our team, Seattle Sonics varsity, is going to the national tournament this year. I also like to play video games.