Disney Dreamers & Doers Celebrates 18 Shining Stars

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 5, 2012 – With a prize patrol and special awards in tow, Mickey Mouse visited local schools this week to recognize 18 students in the five-county area as Disney Dreamers & Doers Shining Stars.

Disney Dreamers & Doers recognizes students throughout Central Florida who serve as role models at school, at home and in their community. Approximately 400 students were chosen as their school’s 2012 Disney Dreamer & Doer.

From the Dreamers & Doers, a panel of judges selected 18 Shining Stars from elementary, middle and high schools in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties, as well as the Florida Virtual School. These students are considered the best of the best. They consistently demonstrate outstanding character, lead by example and have a caring spirit.

“The Disney Dreamers & Doers program is just one way we demonstrate our commitment to the children of Central Florida,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Community Relations for Walt Disney World Resort. “We are so proud of all these students, especially the Shining Stars. They offer bright hope for the future as each of them has a special spark. They truly are making a difference in our community and inspiring others to do the same.”

The following students are 2012 Disney Dreamers & Doers Shining Stars:

 Orange County

  • Kyle Sullivan, Castle Creek Elementary School
  • Amy Pho, Avalon Middle School
  • Elizabeth Tran, Cypress Creek High School

Osceola County

  • Stephen Triplett, Michigan Avenue Elementary
  • Cerriah Delgado, St. Cloud Middle School
  • Madeleine Childers, Osceola Virtual School

Seminole County

  • Katherine Loftis, Layer Elementary School
  • Lauren Culbreth, Chiles Middle School
  • William Webster, Seminole High School

Lake County

  • Ava Deleon, Pine Ridge Elementary School
  • Emilie Palmer, Lake Montessori Learning Institute
  • Joseph Caggiano, Mount Dora High School

Polk County

  • Tye Harrell, Wendell Watson Elementary School
  • Jennifer Bacon, Resurrection Catholic School
  • Kierstein Nelson, Harrison School for the Arts

Florida Virtual School

  • Madison Wolfe, 4th Grade
  • Mikhala Carrasco, 7th Grade
  • Noah Schnacky, 9th Grade

In addition to a visit from Mickey Mouse and the prize patrol, Disney Dreamers & Doers ShiningStars receive a Mickey Mouse statue known as a “Mousecar”, Walt Disney World annual theme park passes for themselves and their immediate family, a gold medallion and a special invitation to attend the upcoming Kids and Nature Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort.

Now entering its 29th year, more than 12,000 students have been recognized as Disney Dreamers & Doers. The program is just one of the ways that Walt Disney World Resort actively supports education in Central Florida. In the past year, Disney’s involvement has included Disney Helping Kids Shine grants for local school districts and early learning coalitions, sponsorship of A Gift for Teaching and A Gift for Music and more than 2.1 million school supplies donated to students at the start of the school year.