Inspirational Students in Osceola County Recognized as Disney Dreamers and Doers and Shining Stars
Inspirational Students in Osceola County Recognized as Disney Dreamers and Doers and Shining Stars
Posted on 04/26/2017
Disney Dreamers and Doers Stock ImageLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 26, 2017 – Raising funds for food pantries and pet shelters; educating classmates and the community about autism; assisting disabled and elderly neighbors – these are just some of the ways Central Florida students are selflessly serving their families, schools and communities.
Since 1984, Walt Disney World Resort has celebrated local students who serve as role models at home, school and in the community as Disney Dreamers and Doers as part of an annual recognition program. This year nearly 375 public and private school students in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties have been chosen by their school principals as 2017 Disney Dreamers and Doers.

“Nothing makes us happier than recognizing these exemplary young people,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship at Walt Disney World Resort. “Their stories demonstrate bravery – the courage to question, to care deeply, to keep an open mind and to make a difference in their own corner of the planet.”
Each Dreamer and Doer will receive an award medallion, honorary certificate and four complimentary Walt Disney World theme park tickets.
Of the nearly 375 students, Disney also has distinguished 15 Dreamers and Doers (three per each county) as Shining Stars, representing the exceptional character and kindness from among the group. On June 10, the Shining Stars and their immediate family members will attend a special event at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. These award-winning students will receive a Mickey Mouse statue known as a “Mousecar,” along with a gold medallion and other special mementos.
The 2017 Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars from Osceola County are:
Elementary School

Keenan Lewis, Chestnut Elementary School for Science & Engineering, 5th grade
In second grade, Keenan decided to inspire his male classmates by joining the dance team. Keenan participated in school performances and at a private event for 500 senior residents in a retirement home. Because of his brave actions, three other boys joined the team. One of Keenan’s teachers describes him as being a pioneer and a true leader who thinks outside the box. He demonstrates leadership by doing what other children his age are hesitant to do.
Middle School

Michael Yun, Narcoossee Middle School, 8th grade
Michael’s mom died from cancer. He and his dad lived with in a California neighborhood where gunshots were the norm. Tragically, Michael’s father later died in a roofing accident. He was left with the tough choice of going to foster care or moving to Florida with his aunt and uncle. After relocating here, Michael focused on his academics and his community. He greatly improved his grades, and volunteers feeding the homeless, sorting baby items and helping his elderly neighbors with yard work. One of Michael’s teachers says he has the ability to motivate students to strive for success, and encourages others to be responsible and to respect everyone. He is kind, hardworking and creative.

High School

Trinity Gibbs, Osceola High School, 12th grade
Trinity challenges her cousins to match her grades in core classes and tutors them in areas where they have difficulty. She encourages them to take an interest in math and science, and monitors their progress. Many now have outstanding grades. One of Trinity’s teachers says she has mapped out her academic and career goals. With dual enrollment at Valencia College, she is well on her way to reaching her dream to become an anesthesiologist.
Almost 14,000 local students have been named Disney Dreamers and Doers since this program began 34 years ago. In addition to the Disney Dreamers and Doers program, the company actively supports education in Central Florida as the largest contributor of back-to-school supplies to A Gift for Teaching, which benefits more than 100,000 students in schools in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties.
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