Fifteen remarkable Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars, including three
from Orange County, were selected from more than 400 students in honor of their
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 26, 2019—Fifteen remarkable local students from around Central Florida are the next generation of Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars in recognition of their strong character, inspiring actions, and willingness to help others.
First established in 1984, the Disney Dreamers and Doers program recognizes young people who demonstrate excellence in school, at home, and in the community. This year, more than 400 students in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties were chosen by their school principals as Disney Dreamers and Doers for consistently and uniquely demonstrating their compassion, empathy and creativity. In addition to commemorative keepsake items, Disney Dreamers and Doers also each receive four complimentary theme park tickets to visit Walt Disney World Resort.
From the more than 400 Disney Dreamers and Doers of 2019, 15 exceptional Shining Stars were selected as the best of the best for truly showcasing what it means to both “dream” and “do,” including three outstanding students from Orange County.
The Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars from Orange County are:
- Dina Elmoulakate, 5th grade at Southwood Elementary School
When Dina’s best friend lost her hearing, she didn’t let that stop her from communicating with her. Dina took it upon herself to learn American Sign Language (ASL), practicing every day until she was able to hold a fluent conversation. When Dina first surprised her friend with her new skill, she knew that it was well worth all her hard work. Even though her friend has left to go to a new school, Dina Facetimes with her every day to further perfect her ASL skills. The two love to stay in touch.
- Jamauri Sands, 8th grade at Carver Middle School
When Jamauri learned some of his fellow students experienced homelessness, he implemented a food pantry at his school to provide hunger relief. He gives up his weekly elective periods to staff the pantry and enlists his entire basketball team to help out. Jamauri also packs weekend snack packs for students to take with them over weekends or school breaks. Jamauri was nominated for the Disney Dreamers and Doers award by his teacher in honor of the huge heart he has for helping his community.
- Samuel Pilon, junior at Apopka High School
Due to a personal hardship he and his family experienced, Samuel worked with his family to start a foundation that is dedicated to helping other families who may be experiencing similar anguish and grief. Samuel helps families create memorials in honor of their lost children and uses his passion for photography to photograph their memorials. Through the past 10 years of supporting the organization, Samuel has also has developed and delivered presentations about the organization and helps to raise money so families can afford the emotional support they need during trying times.
“These incredible students are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Rena Langley, senior vice president of Public Affairs for Walt Disney World Resort. “Their inspiring actions, both individually and collectively, are shaping the future of our Central Florida community.”
Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars receive a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Pass for themselves and each member of their immediate family, a special Mickey Mouse statue known as a “Mousecar” and a gold medallion commemorating their honor. Their school also receives ten Walt Disney World Resort One-Day Park Hopper tickets. To further celebrate their incredible achievements, the students and their families will be treated to a celebratory summer night at Epcot, complete with a dessert party and special fireworks viewing.
The Disney Dreamers and Doers program is just one of the ways Walt Disney World Resort actively supports youth development and education in the Central Florida community. Since its inception 35 years ago, nearly 14,500 local students have received this special honor in recognition of their character and exceptional achievements. In the past year, Disney also provided grants for local school districts and early learning coalitions. In addition, Cast Members donated more than $200,000 worth of back-to-school supplies benefiting more than 70,000 local students to schools in all five counties.
Contact: Molly McGranahan, Walt Disney World Communications