Fifteen remarkable Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars, including three
from Seminole County, were selected from more than 400 students in honor of
their extraordinary achievements.
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 Seminole County.
The Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars from Seminole County are:
- Adyson Grondwalski, 5th grade at Bear Lake Elementary School
Adyson’s mom is a single mother caring for Adyson and her three younger siblings, and Adyson loves to help out to make sure her baby sisters are cared for. She knows the importance of lending a helping hand at home, and wanted to take that same caring spirit into her community. She recently made 75 handmade encouragement cards for patients at a local hospital and visits with an elderly neighbor multiple times a week to get his mail and help him with his groceries. When she is older, she wants to be a doctor so she can help even more people.
- Megan Dathe, 8th grade at Lawton Chiles Middle School
Megan has made it her mission to help those experiencing homelessness and hunger in her community. Each year, Megan makes “blessing bags” that contain personal care items such as toothpaste, nail clippers, dental floss and a handwritten note of encouragement, that she donates to local organizations that serve the homeless. She raised enough money to purchase more than 5,000 meals through for her school’s pantry and also creates “birthday bags” for the pantry for students in need celebrating a birthday. Megan tries to donate to various nonprofit organizations even when her family travels on vacation, so she can extend her reach beyond the Central Florida community.
- Ruth Morales, senior at Crooms Academy of Informational Technology
Ruth’s family experienced several challenges and difficulties as she was growing up, and English wasn’t her first language. Ruth dedicated herself to her English as a Second Language (ESOL) courses and is proud to be graduating high school early at 16-years-old with accolades such as the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. Ruth is most proud of an app she created that helps people learn how to use a computer at no charge, which has won several notable awards. Ruth also enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community. She is proud to be showing others that no matter what obstacles you face, you can make your dreams a reality.
“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