100 Students from Across the U.S to Experience Career Immersion in the World’s Most Creative Classroom – Walt Disney World Resort
Seventeen Atlanta-area high school students were chosen out of thousands to attend the 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine in the world’s most creative classroom – Walt Disney World Resort. Now in its fifth year, this four-day power-packed program exposes students to a world of possibilities that inspires them to dream big and get started on their career paths now. During the program, Dreamers will participate in immersive workshops on a variety of subjects, including entertainment, entrepreneurship, the medical field, culinary arts and creative inspiration from Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative gurus behind Disney’s theme parks and attractions. Disney’s
The 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy will take place March 8-11, 2012, at Walt Disney World Resort, near
The Atlanta-area students in the Class of 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy include:
- Eric Branch, 17 years old – Academy of Medical Research (Mableton, GA)
- Michelle Davis, 17 years old – McEachern High School (Powder Springs, GA)
- Travis Jackson, 18 years old – North Springs Charter High School (Atlanta, GA)
- Jeremy Johnson, 16 years old – Lassiter High School (Marietta, GA)
- Isaiah Jones, 15 years old – Collins High School (Lawrenceville, GA)
- Kaliyah Jones, 15 years old – Elite Scholar’s Academy (Morrow, GA)
- Caleb Logan, 15 years old – Arabia Mountain High School (Lithonia, GA)
- Ceshawn Matthew, 17 years old – Centennial High School (Atlanta, GA)
- Marlicia Roscoe, 15 years old – Alatoona High School (Marietta, GA)
- Gregory Smith, Jr., 15 years old – Elite Scholars High School (Rex, GA)
- Nydia Stanley, 15 years old – Carver School of the Arts (Atlanta, GA)
- Alexis Warren, 16 years old – Mount Zion High School (Rex, GA)
- Andre White, 16 years old – B.E.S.T. Academy High School (Atlanta, GA)
- Jahda Williams, 17 years old – Miller Grove High School (Lithonia, GA)
- T’Yanna Williams, 16 years old – Jonesboro High School (Jonesboro, GA)
- Brian Willis, II, 17 years old – Jonesboro High School (Lawrenceville, GA)
- Tyra Winn,, 16 years old – Fulton Science Academy (Lawrenceville, GA)
This year marks a historic milestone for Disney’s Dreamer’s Academy – the fifth anniversary of the program. More than 500 students will have explored the magic behind Disney at the culmination of the 2012 commencement.
“We are thrilled to announce this new class of 100 unique Dreamers who will graduate from the Academy with a whole new perspective on their future,” said Tracey Walters-Powell, executive champion of the program for Disney Parks & Resorts. “We received more applications this year than any other and we have selected an amazing class for this historic fifth year anniversary of the
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Launched in 2007, Disney’s Dreamer’s Academy with Steve Harvey was developed to motivate high school students in grades 9-12 to achieve their dreams personally and professionally. In the summer of 2010 the program was renamed Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine with the addition of Essence Communications, Inc.’s participation as a sponsor.
Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks said, “I am not going to divulge any secrets as to what’s being planned for this important fifth anniversary, but if you know anything about Walt Disney World, you know this life-changing event is going to be a truly amazing spectacular for these students and we are proud to be a part of it.”
A celebrity panel of judges led by comedian, author, philanthropist and Disney’s Dreamers Academy Ambassador Steve Harvey reviewed more than 4,700 applications and selected the 100 students for the Class of 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy. Judging criteria included exhibiting curiosity, compassion and leadership skills.
About Steve Harvey: Steve Harvey first performed stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, which eventually led to a long stint as host of “It's Showtime at the Apollo.” His success as a stand-up comedian led to multiple TV sitcoms, including: “Me and The Boys”, “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge.” His first book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” quickly became a bestseller in 2009 has been made into a motion picture which will be in theatres nationwide in April of 2012.
About Essence Communications Inc.: Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online. The company's flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the Essence Book Club, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 41 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of over 8 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women's lives.
About Walt Disney World Resort / The Walt Disney Co.: Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando. The Walt Disney Co. has a rich legacy of creativity and exceptional storytelling that brings families together in unique and memorable ways. Creative excellence is coupled with a strong commitment to community service and diversity. The Walt Disney Co. is dedicated to making a positive impact in communities around the world, with a primary focus on brightening the lives of children.
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