Walt Disney World Resort, Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine Announce the 100 Students Selected for Fourth Disney's Dreamers Academy High School Teens from Coast to Coast Will Attend the Ultimate Outside-the-Classroom Education Experience

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney World Resort, in collaboration with nationally syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine, the leading communications company dedicated to African-American women, has announced the selection of 100 high school students from across the country to participate in Disney's Dreamers Academy class of 2011.

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Dreamers will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March 2011 to participate in immersive workshops focusing on a variety of subjects including Walt Disney Imagineering techniques, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and culinary arts. Disney experts, world renowned entrepreneurs and celebrities will share their blueprints for success, upholding the program's mission to motivate, empower and inspire young adults.

Tracey Walters-Powell, executive champion of the program for Disney Parks & Resorts, said, "Disney's Dreamers Academy is a perfect platform to further the goal, shared by Disney Parks, Essence Communications and – it goes without saying – by Steve Harvey, to inspire children. We are genuinely excited about the possibilities ahead."

Walt Disney World Resorts and Steve Harvey developed Disney's Dreamers Academy in an effort to unveil a world of possibilities, inspire teens to dream big and help them to get started on their career paths. Launched in 2007, the program was designed to motivate high school students in grades 9-12 to achieve their dreams personally and professionally. Earlier this fall, parents, teachers, school administrators, church groups and students nominated thousands of aspiring Dreamers for the program. The criteria used to select the Dreamers included exhibiting curiosity, compassion and leadership skills. Selected students, no matter their background, share common traits: the power to BELIEVE and DREAM. The program allows teens the opportunity to learn the process through which to attain their goals.

"Each year we strive to find young people who may have a will or passion, but may not have the courage to explore their dreams." Harvey said. "So we hope to unlock the power that will allow them to pursue their hearts' desires. Walt Disney World, Essence Magazine and I are excited to be a part of these young Dreamers' experience that will encourage them to bring their dreams to life."

Disney's Dreamers Academy is dedicated to the complete advancement of youth. The goal is for each participant to leave knowing that no Dream is too far-fetched. These students and their parent or guardian will be given unprecedented access to the enchantment behind Walt Disney World Resort.

Earlier this year Essence Communications joined forces with Disney parks and Steve Harvey to help take Disney's Dreamers Academy to the "next level."

Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks said, "Essence is closely aligned with Disney and Steve Harvey in supporting the mission of Disney's Dreamers Academy and its commitment to positively impacting our youth. Disney's Dreamers Academy is helping teens take steps in the right direction, and we want to be right there with the students, both encouraging them and sharing their stories."

Participants for the 2011 Disney's Dreamers Academy class were selected by a distinguished panel of judges including: Steve Harvey; Yolanda Adams (Gospel Music Legend); Angela Burt-Murray (former editor-in-chief, Essence Magazine); Dr. Steve Perry (Education Advocate and CNN commentator); Dalonte Hall (DDA Dreamer, Class of 2010); Terrence J (MTV Personality); Carole Munroe (Director of Media Relations, Disney Parks & Resorts); Tracey Powell (Director of Pricing, Disney Parks & Resorts); Stella Ringer (Marketing Manager, The Coca-Cola Company); Lorraine Robertson (Blogger) and Stephen A. Smith (Broadcaster/Sports Analyst).

Thirteen students from New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., who missed the 2010 program due to inclement weather have been invited to experience the magic of Disney's Dreamers Academy along with the 2011 class.

The 2011 Disney's Dreamers Academy will take place March 3-6, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort, near Orlando in central Florida. The complete list of the 2011 class is below. For more information, visit http://www.disneysdreamersacademy.com.

The following students have been selected to participate* in the 2011 Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine:


Student Name

City

State

Alexis Coates

Auburn

AL

Deundray Cottrell

Birmingham

AL

Shanice Alexander

Casa Grande

AZ

Princeton Parker

Los Angeles

CA

Maresja Bray

Los Angeles

CA

Brittany Dunn

Rancho Cordova

CA

Alanah Grisham

San Diego

CA

Rufus Humphrey

Inglewood

CA

Lester Coffield

Washington

DC

John Tucker

Washington

DC

Denzel Wilson

Washington

DC

Lansana Donzo

Claymont

DE

Angel Gardner

Bear

DE

Jakiha Johnson

Wilmington

DE

Lavelle Pauls

Dover

DE

Cheylan Abernathy

Windermere

FL

Khari Anthony

Davie

FL

Michael Balcom

Naples

FL

Andrew Bush

Pinellas Park

FL

Shakeana Clark

Apopka

FL

Za'quari Johnson

Hollywood

FL

Christeanna Lalla

Orange Park

FL

Wayne Lyons

Fort Lauderdale

FL

Dalvin McHome

Riviera Beach

FL

De'Mia Middleton

Brandon

FL

Chante Rodgers

Orlando

FL

Chardeni Shelton

Brandon

FL

Alexis Sheppard

Orlando

FL

Diamond Sims

Miami

FL

Mark West

Tampa

FL

Taiya Deria

Lithonia

GA

Tiana Gainey

Soperton

GA

Antonia Green

Darien

GA

Briana Gude

Fayetteville

GA

Nautica Mitchell

Alpharetta

GA

Brandon Paul

Union City

GA

Jone Sagoes

McDonough

GA

Ashlynn Stodghill

Fairburn

GA

Simone Wood

East Point

GA

Aun'Jelika Buchanan

Chicago

IL

Alexandria Butler

Romeoville

IL

Lonnel Fowlkes

Plainfield

IL

Kendall Grady

Chicago

IL

Robyn Gregg

Chicago

IL

Kenyatta Holmes

Chicago

IL

Haroon Lewis

Chicago

IL

Laryssa Rollins

Matteson

IL

Lyric Simms

Champaign

IL

Brianna Sullivan

Riverdale

IL

Allisa Bryant

Merillville

IN

Avery Davis

Gary

IN

Taeler Jackson

Topeka

KS

Chad Davis

New Orleans

LA

Raina Houston

New Orleans

LA

Ashlyn Pinkins

Gretna

LA

Laward Smith

New Orleans

LA

Chassity Walker

Avondale

LA

Xy'Quarrius Webster

Lafayette

LA

Jared Adams

Owings

MD

Brianna Bazemore

Temple Hills

MD

Ta'Shawn Black

Capitol Heights

MD

Naadira Brooks

Suitland

MD

TeAna Brown

Salisbury

MD

Clairmont Huggins

Bowie

MD

Chelsea Scott

Ft. Washington

MD

Tevontae Abraham

Saginaw

MI

Tierney Byrd

Detroit

MI

Demetrius Jackson

Detroit

MI

Layla White

Detroit

MI

Tonio Magee

Silvercreek

MS

Latosha Blizzard

Wilson

NC

Jasmine Kirby

Charlotte

NC

Destinee Wilson

Fayetteville

NC

Amaka Amaechi

Plainfield

NJ

Dashana Collins

Irvington

NJ

Brenaea Flucas

Willingboro

NJ

A'Dorian Murray-Thomas

Newark

NJ

Kiana Smiling

North Plainfield

NJ

Isaiah Wesley

Somerset

NJ

Patricia Albright

Camillus

NY

Tonea Barnett

Philadelphia

PA

Nyilah Jamison-Myers

Orangeburg

SC

Virginia Wright

Columbia

SC

Tachele Anderson

Memphis

TN

Dehattcia Bradd

Memphis

TN

Christopher Yancy

Memphis

TN

Joseph Jacques

Fort Worth

TX

Alysia Johnson

Rowlett

TX

Jordan Murrell

Benbrook

TX

Ki'ara Torrence

Euless

TX

Jose Villagomez

McAllen

TX

Emily Burns

South Ogden

UT

Christopher Allen

Virginia Beach

VA

Denise Dailey

Suffolk

VA

Ashley Johnson

Stafford

VA

Tiara Miles

Arlington

VA

David Miller

Bealeton

VA

Briaun Rooks

Newport News

VA

Jacob Rugen

Ashburn

VA

Tiffani Spruill

Newport News

VA




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

SOURCE Walt Disney World Resort



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