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National News / Education

Friday, 17 December, 2010 3:02 AM

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

Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney World Resort

2011 Disney's Dreamers Academy Panel of Judges.

Photo credit: PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney World Resort, Gene Duncan

Chef Jeff with Disney Dreamers in the Land Garden at Walt Disney World.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., -- 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.

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 WorldResorts 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
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Alexis Coates Auburn AL
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Deundray Cottrell Birmingham AL
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Shanice Alexander Casa Grande AZ
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Princeton Parker Los Angeles CA
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Maresja Bray Los Angeles CA
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Brittany Dunn Rancho Cordova CA
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Alanah Grisham San Diego CA
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Rufus Humphrey Inglewood CA
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Lester Coffield Washington DC
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John Tucker Washington DC
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Denzel Wilson Washington DC
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Lansana Donzo Claymont DE
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Angel Gardner Bear DE
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Jakiha Johnson Wilmington DE
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Lavelle Pauls Dover DE
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Cheylan Abernathy Windermere FL
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Khari Anthony Davie FL
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Michael Balcom Naples FL
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Andrew Bush Pinellas Park FL
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Shakeana Clark Apopka FL
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Za'quari Johnson Hollywood FL
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Christeanna Lalla Orange Park FL
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Fort
Wayne Lyons Lauderdale FL
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Dalvin McHome Riviera Beach FL
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De'Mia Middleton Brandon FL
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Chante Rodgers Orlando FL
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Chardeni Shelton Brandon FL
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Alexis Sheppard Orlando FL
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Diamond Sims Miami FL
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Mark West Tampa FL
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Taiya Deria Lithonia GA
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Tiana Gainey Soperton GA
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Antonia Green Darien GA
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Briana Gude Fayetteville GA
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Nautica Mitchell Alpharetta GA
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Brandon Paul Union City GA
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Jone Sagoes McDonough GA
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Ashlynn Stodghill Fairburn GA
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Simone Wood East Point GA
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Aun'Jelika Buchanan Chicago IL
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Alexandria Butler Romeoville IL
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Lonnel Fowlkes Plainfield IL
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Kendall Grady Chicago IL
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Robyn Gregg Chicago IL
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Kenyatta Holmes Chicago IL
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Haroon Lewis Chicago IL
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Laryssa Rollins Matteson IL
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Lyric Simms Champaign IL
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Brianna Sullivan Riverdale IL
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Allisa Bryant Merillville IN
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Student Name City State
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Avery Davis Gary IN
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Taeler Jackson Topeka KS
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Chad Davis New Orleans LA
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Raina Houston New Orleans LA
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Ashlyn Pinkins Gretna LA
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Laward Smith New Orleans LA
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Chassity Walker Avondale LA
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Xy'Quarrius Webster Lafayette LA
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Jared Adams Owings MD
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Brianna Bazemore Temple Hills MD
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Ta'Shawn Black Heights MD
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Naadira Brooks Suitland MD
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TeAna Brown Salisbury MD
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Clairmont Huggins Bowie MD
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Chelsea Scott Ft. Washington MD
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Tevontae Abraham Saginaw MI
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Tierney Byrd Detroit MI
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Demetrius Jackson Detroit MI
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Layla White Detroit MI

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Tonio Magee Silvercreek MS
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Latosha Blizzard Wilson NC
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Jasmine Kirby Charlotte NC
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Destinee Wilson Fayetteville NC
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Amaka Amaechi Plainfield NJ
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Dashana Collins Irvington NJ
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Brenaea Flucas Willingboro NJ
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A'Dorian Murray-Thomas Newark NJ
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North
Kiana Smiling Plainfield NJ
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Isaiah Wesley Somerset NJ
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Patricia Albright Camillus NY
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Tonea Barnett Philadelphia PA
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Nyilah Jamison-Myers Orangeburg SC
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Virginia Wright Columbia SC
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Tachele Anderson Memphis TN
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Dehattcia Bradd Memphis TN
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Christopher Yancy Memphis TN
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Joseph Jacques Fort Worth TX
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Alysia Johnson Rowlett TX
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Jordan Murrell Benbrook TX
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Ki'ara Torrence Euless TX
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Jose Villagomez McAllen TX
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Emily Burns South Ogden UT
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Christopher Allen Virginia Beach VA
----------------- -------------- ---
Denise Dailey Suffolk VA
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Ashley Johnson Stafford VA
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Tiara Miles Arlington VA
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David Miller Bealeton VA
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Briaun Rooks Newport News VA
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Jacob Rugen Ashburn VA
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Tiffani Spruill Newport News VA
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*Participation is subject to verification and return of the required documentation.


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