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Group of 100 teens chosen for 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy

by Brittani Tuttle

Walt Disney World recently revealed the 100 young people from across the country who will take part in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey March 21-24.

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One-hundred students have been chosen from across the country to take part in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy.

Each student chosen will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World to take part in the immersive four-day experience.

The Disney Dreamers Academy, now in its 12th year, and its theme is “Be100,” which encourages teens to be positive, be “all in,” and to take what they learn home with them and make a difference in the lives of others.

“These students are in for a life-changing experience,” said Tracey D. Powell, vice president of Walt Disney World and executive champion of Disney Dreamers Academy. “Our goal is to help them see the unlimited possibilities and to inspire them to achieve their full purpose. To become the heroes of their own stories.”

Participants, known as “Disney Dreamers,” will discover new career opportunities, pursue their goals and dreams, and interact with Harvey and other celebrities and motivational speakers. Celebrities who have participated in the past include Patti Labelle, Ne-Yo, Magic Johnson, and Michael Strahan.

Students will take part in immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each student will also learn important tools to aid them in life, including communication techniques, leadership skills, and networking strategies.

“Having a dream is one of the most important things in life. My success is a direct result of dreaming big,” said Harvey. “It is my passion to help others dream bigger and to give them the tools to achieve those dreams. This is why I enjoy partnering with Disney on this program every year.”

The 100 students chosen to participate in this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy are:

  • Holden Dunlap – Abbeville, Ala.
  • Kendall Moore – Mobile, Ala.
  • Cameron Ware – Pinson, Ala.
  • Hannah Irby – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Hanna Sha – Vestavia, Ala.
  • Pranav Kishore – Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Monica Tavassoli – Irvine, Calif.
  • Zac Adler – Long Beach, Calif.
  • Gerard Legaspi – Long Beach, Calif.
  • Rachel Clinton – Manhattan Beach, Calif.
  • Reagan Smith – Oceanside, Calif.
  • Karina Garcia Ortiz – San Diego, Calif.
  • Jazmine Livian – Spreckels, Calif.
  • Arianna Cabada – Tustin, Calif.
  • Kieran Doolabh – Danbury, Conn.
  • Lauren Taylor – Washington, D.C.
  • Jacqueline Means – Wilmingdon, Del.
  • Julia Shepherd, Apopka, Fla.
  • Marlon Griggs – Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Faith Daise – Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Anthony Taylor – Miami, Fla.
  • Jonathan Nabaka – Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Bransyl Boston – Middleburg, Fla.
  • Gabrielle Wright – Orlando, Fla.
  • Jalen Sanders – Pinetta, Fla.
  • Kevant Gross – Reddick, Fla.
  • Kendall Gabriel – Saint Johns, Fla.
  • Amiah Adams – St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Grace Allen – Windermere, Fla.
  • Anthony Juba-Richardson – Winter Garden, Fla.
  • Mary Yeboah – College Park, Ga.
  • Malik Carter – Dallas, Ga.
  • Matthew Jackson – Demorest, Ga.
  • Henry Stephens IV – Grovetown, Ga.
  • April Breedlove – Lithonia, Ga.
  • Benedict Zuzi – Loganville, Ga.
  • Mikaela Sanders – Mableton, Ga.
  • Devan Smith – Marietta, Ga.
  • Makaya Clinton – McDonough, Ga.
  • Caleb Middleton – McDonough, Ga.
  • Patrice Roberts – Smyrna, Ga.
  • Myles Madden – Stockbridge, Ga.
  • Sean Hanford – Stone Mountain, Ga.
  • Alanis Broussard – Woodstock, Ga.
  • Isabel Schwartz – Highland Park, Ill.
  • Yvette Cabrera – Portage, Ind.
  • Akerth Jain – Olathe, Kan.
  • Samantha Gallant – Bedford, Mass.
  • Hannah Goldman – Norton, Mass.
  • Gabrielle Williams – Accokeek, Md.
  • Iyana Charlies – Baltimore, Md.
  • Mamaie Evonlah – Germantown, Md.
  • Lauryn Howell – Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Ilyna Fortaine – Waldorf, Md.
  • Elizabeth Bennett – Almont, Mich.
  • Sade Ried – Detriot, Mich.
  • Alyse Dees – Burnsville, Minn.
  • Benjamin Walworth – Branson, Mo.
  • Kevin Neely – Ferguson, Mo.
  • Sabrina Baggstrom – Kirkwood, Mo.
  • Kyra Moody – Ruleville, Miss.
  • Jasmine Bell – Charlotte, N.C.
  • Nasir Turnage – Greensboro, N.C.
  • Nicholas Harvey III – Kinston, N.C.
  • Ashley Ward – Wilson, N.C.
  • Andrew Coates – Orange, N.J.
  • Emmanuel Lee – Teaneck, N.J.
  • Roman Jimenez – Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Aileen Nieto Martinez – Bronx, N.Y.
  • Alison Parish – Bronx, N.Y.
  • Tori Manuel – Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Avaneque Penant – Hollis, N.Y.
  • Meril Mousoom – Jamaica, N.Y.
  • Tianna Gonzales – Lake Grove, N.Y.
  • Kaiya Simmons – Miller Place, N.Y.
  • Katerina Corr – New York, N.Y.
  • Eason Rytter – New York, N.Y.
  • Kennedy Smith – Cleaveland, Ohio
  • Gabrielle Dennis – Toledo, Ohio
  • Bryson Simpson – University Heights, Ohio
  • Liam McGarry – Erie, Pa
  • Mason Hedge – Freedom, Pa.
  • Collin Mentzer – Lebanon, Pa.
  • Jacques Moye – Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Jeffery Feaster – Blair, S.C.
  • Anna Zielke – Daniel Island, S.C.
  • Alyssa Gottheiner – Manning, S.C.
  • Alexis Clark – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Kristen Namminga – Avon, S.D.
  • Jasmine Durham – Memphis, Tenn.
  • Ian McKenna Goncalo – Austin, Texas
  • Lucas Davis – Cibolo, Texas
  • Frances Rangel – El Paso, Texas
  • Charlye Jackson – Houston, Texas
  • Gavin Wiltshire – San Antonio, Texas
  • Hanah Lopez – Schertz, Texas
  • Paige Dawson – Layton, Utah
  • Cristofer O’Brien – Chesterfield, Va.
  • Sabrina Rittner – Lovettsville, Va.
  • Piper Vance – Nitro, W.Va.

To learn more about the Disney Dreamers Academy, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.

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