High School Students Nationwide Chosen for 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

Approximately 100 "Dreamers'' selected from thousands of applicants across the country for ninth-annual career and mentoring event taking place in March; Group includes more than 50 students from the Southeast and more than 10 from the Northeast, Southwest, West and Midwest regions

Feb 02, 2016, 12:00 ET from Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 100 students from across America will soon pack their bags for a fabulous, fun-filled and educational trip to Walt Disney World Resort as part of this year's Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, March 3-6, 2016.

The teens, along with a parent or guardian, will take off on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will experience once-in-a-lifetime educational and mentoring program designed to inspire them to dream big and discover a world of possibilities that will help them prepare for their future. 

The students, known as "Dreamers," are taken on stage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become vibrant 'classrooms' and students discover new careers and pursue their dreams while also creating fun memories that last a lifetime.

During Disney Dreamers Academy, students participate in hands-on, immersive career-oriented workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each student is given important tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills, and networking strategies. 

Additionally, Dreamers are exposed to acclaimed motivational speakers and popular celebrities who share their stories and insight on achieving success and DREAMING BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while gaining first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

"Disney Dreamers Academy is a one-of-a-kind program that, since its inception, is helping more than 800 students achieve their dreams," said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts.  Powell serves as Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. "As we prepare for our ninth annual event, the greatest reward has been seeing so many of our previous Dreamers use their experience at Disney Dreamers Academy to expand their dreams and move even closer to making them a reality. After all, that is what the program is all about," said Powell.

Walt Disney World Resort, along with syndicated television and radio personality Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Communications, will host the selected Dreamers during their magical four-day career and educational exploration.

"Disney Dreamers Academy provides an excellent learning environment to help young students with their aspirations and to dream even bigger," said Harvey. "I can't wait to meet this year's new students and kick off the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in March."

Michelle Ebanks, president of ESSENCE Communications, added: "We are excited to once again join with Disney Parks and Steve Harvey to encourage our youth to dream big. Our expectation is that this group of remarkable teens will be the leaders of tomorrow and positively impact the world for years to come. It is our honor and commitment at ESSENCE to be part of that process."

This year's students were selected from thousands of applicants who answered a series of essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. The students were chosen by a judging panel that included: gospel music legend Yolanda Adams; ESSENCE magazine editor-at-large Mikki Taylor; education advocate Dr. Steve Perry;  The Sister Accord founder and author Sonia Jackson Myles; award-winning motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles; Simply Ellis Custom Clothier CEO Dr. Alex O. Ellis; Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation executive director Brandi Harvey; Steve Harvey Products creative director Karli Harvey; and professional speaker and Disney Dreamers Academy alumnus Princeton Parker. 

For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on social media at Facebook/DisneyDreamersAcademy or Twitter/DreamersAcademy.

For a list of 2016 Dreamers and Bios, please visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com/dreamers/2016/

 

 

NORTHEAST STUDENTS (22)


First Name

Last Name

City

State


MIDWEST (12)

First Name

Last Name

City

State


Nina

Giddens

Atlanta

GA


First Name

Last Name

City

State

Chase

Kinzly

New Haven

CT


Adenike

Makinde

Atlanta

GA


Jordan

Williams

Chicago

IL

Ahmad

Pearl

Baltimore 

MD


Drehanna

Smith

Atlanta

GA


Maria

Batt

Winchester

IN

Jalen

Greene

Bowie

MD


Kaylin

Garnett

Augusta

GA


Alana

Crawford

Detroit

MI

Chancie

Brown

Bowie

MD


Ricardo 

Hartley, III

Avondale Estates

GA


Maya

Mohammed

Detroit

MI

Autumn

Johnson

Columbia

MD


SeMya

Buckley

Brunswick

GA


Kaitlyn

McQueen

Troy

MI

Moniesha

Lawings

Columbia 

MD


Shane

Porter

Douglasville

GA


Imani

Hayden

Wyoming

MI

Kennedy

Cole

Crofton 

MD


Jordan 

Williams

Duluth

GA


Casey

Jasper

Andover

MN

LaKiyah

Seard

Hyattsville

MD


Jacoby

Felder

Duluth

GA


Serina

Fischer

Shakopee

MN

Nicolas

Baker

Silver Spring

MD


Tatiana

Lampkin

Kennesaw

GA


Margaret

Helderle

St. Louis

MO

Taylor

Smith

Upper Marlboro

MD


Sabrina

Warner

Lawrenceville

GA


Alanna

Wall

Dayton

OH

Jalena

Gathright

Nashua

NH


Selena

Carrillo

Lawrenceville

GA


Annie Eliza

Blake

Springboro

OH

Nicole 

Hood

Camden

NJ


Kristopher

Jones

Monroe

GA


Andre

Matthews

Toledo

OH

Emily

Braisted

Morganville

NJ


Skylar

Bass

Riverdale 

GA


WEST/SOUTHWEST (22)

Aaron

Miller

Rochelle Park

NJ


Valencia

Scales

Scottdale

GA


Alize

Chavez

Fairfield

CA

Justin

Rabjohn

Brockport

NY


Carolina

Ramirez

Senoia

GA


Devin

Elmore

Los Angeles

CA

Rachel

Sudyn

Lancaster

NY


Mykayla 

Mathis 

Thomson 

GA


Nia

Marshall

Los Angeles

CA

Tyler

Cohen

Miller Place

NY


Jaylin

Grier

Union City

GA


Ronald

Clinton

Manhattan Beach

CA

Olivia 

Alexander 

Thiells

NY


Nazareth

Brown

Woodstock

GA


Megan

Hubbard

Mission Viejo

CA

Breyana

Chavis

Bensalem

PA


Antoine "D'lo "

White IV

Opelousas

LA


Ellis

Glover

Murrieta

CA

Victoria

Childs

Coatesville

PA


Catherine

Bishop

West Monroe

LA


Suniya

Barnes

Oakland

CA

Keenen

McGarry

Erie

PA


Mary

Entrekin

Gulfport

MS


Lee'Andrajnae

Cross

Vallejo

CA

Nicole 

Matos-Perez

Sewickley

PA


Tyrin

Truong

Gulfport

MS


Dyamond

Bolden

Vallejo

CA

SOUTHEAST STUDENTS (51)


Doryan

McCallum

Charlotte 

NC


Miles

Louison

Aurora

CO

First Name

Last Name

City

State


Dymon 

Atkinson

Goldsboro

NC


Caleb

Martin

Las Vegas

NV

Jonah

Hadaway 

Bessemer 

AL


Rashonda

Blue

Knightdale

NC


Anaya

Skinner

North Las Vegas

NV

Chase

Russell

Trussville 

AL


Jaelyn

Ellis

Blythewood

SC


Deja

Kirk

Oklahoma City

OK

Jamya

Pickney

Monticello

AR


Lamyia

Love

Clover

SC


Jalysse

Brown

Tulsa

OK

Kirby

Gilmore

Cutler Bay

FL


Maurice

Holloway

Columbus

SC


Saherish

Surani

Corpus Christi

TX

Justin

Gonzalez

Miami

FL


India

Phillips

Latta

SC


Tristan

Bennett

Henderson

TX

K'deja

Correa

Miami

FL


Kennedi 

Jeter

Newberry

SC


Gabrielle

King

Houston

TX

Steshawna

Thomas

Middleburg

FL


Ellxis

Hinton

Summerville 

SC


Athena 

Bruess

McKinney

TX

Marlene

Morrison

Ocala

FL


Akolbia

Biggers

Hermitage

TN


Jarielle

Nabors 

Mesquite 

TX

Tyrah

Rumph

Orlando

FL


Adrian

Carney

Ripley

TN


Kenedi

McCormick

Plano

TX

Alex

Gregory

Port Charlotte

FL


Dylan

Carrier

Palmyra

VA


Aubriana

Slaughter

Salt Lake City

UT

Valeria

Hansen

Weston

FL


Izaiah

Hillman

Richmond 

VA


Jesus

McCloskey

Kent

WA

Victoria 

Tinney

Zephyrhills

FL


LeNice 

Jackson

Virginia Beach

VA



N'Naserri

Carew-Johnson

Atlanta

GA


Kastel

Kima

Virginia Beach

VA


 

 

*Participation is subject to verification and return of the required documentation.

 

 

 

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