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Students Participated in Prestigious Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

2018 Disney Dreamers join Mickey Mouse and (center, L-R): ESSENCE Magazine Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor; President of ESSENCE Communications Michelle Ebanks; Steve Harvey and Disney Executive Champion of Disney Dreamers Academy Tracey D. Powell on Sunday, March 11, 2018 to celebrate the commencement of the 11th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The annual event is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Gregg Newton, photographer)




One hundred teens from across the nation participated in Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine — a four-day, immersive and transformational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida which concluded this weekend.

The 100 students were selected from thousands of applicants nationwide for this once-in-a-lifetime mentoring program that is designed to assist them in identifying and pursuing their dreams.  The students, along with a parent or guardian, received an all-expense-paid trip to Disney to participate in the program, which features a series of career-oriented workshops and leadership seminars.  Celebrity participants include Sunny Hostin from ABC’s “The View,” television personality Steve Harvey, national recording artist Ne-Yo, former NFL great and “Dancing with the Stars’’ winner Emmitt Smith and actors Jussie Smollett (Fox’s “Empire’’), Miles Brown (ABC’s “Black-ish’’) and Marsai Martin (ABC’s “Black-ish’’).


The 100 students are in alphabetical order by state:

Skylar Boone  Dothan, AL

Braxton  Hunt    Mobile, AL

Victoria Hardy    Pike Road, AL

Destyni Newson  Tuscaloosa, AL

Hudson Osborne Hayward, CA

Nada Dalati La Verne, CA

KeiLana Wall   Lodi, CA

Ayanna  Adams  Los Angeles, CA

Omarri  Beck   Los Angeles, CA

Ava Marie Easter  Los Angeles, CA

Sheila    Milon    Los Angeles, CA

Jervaughn Gaines Murrieta, CA

Insun Choi    Riverside, CA

Anh Le  San Jose, CA

Madelyn Necochea   Temecula, CA

PhuongUyen  Nguyen    Torrance, CA

Maia Dua   West Sacramento, CA

Darius   Martin  Hamden, CT

Malachi Hobbs  Cocoa,  FL

Lebarron Johnson Jacksonville,  FL

Andy     Rajkumar     Ocoee, FL

Eamilia  Barrington    Orlando, FL

Q Markis Brooks       Port St Lucie, FL

Jackson Stewart       Port St Lucie, FL

Madison Smith Riverview, FL

Giulietta Schutte   St Petersburg, FL

Luis Lageyre Rivas       Weston, FL

Sally Campbell   Zephyrhills, FL

Sarah Oburu       Acworth, GA

Celeste Giddens Atlanta, GA

Jazzmyne Ashworth Calhoun, GA

Jaterria  Hicks Cartersville, GA

Joshua  Brown   Darien, GA

Joshua Boyce    Hampton, GA

TaMya  Woodard Lawrenceville, GA

Ariel Dildy    Lithonia, GA

Ashton Peoples  McDonough, GA

Deka Bonner Snellville, GA

Kelli  Crews   Stockbridge, GA

Lauren Moyer Stockbridge, GA

Kayla     Brown   Suwanee, GA

Chasidy  Moore  Valdosta, GA

DeLon   Henderson Woodstock, GA

Mariah  Barnett Aurora, IL

Tabitha Willis   Country Club Hills, IL

Tamera Trimuel Harvey, IL

Jayvion Rice     Riverdale, IL

Chloe Russell  Indianapolis, IN

Jimmy   Shaw  Winnsboro, LA

Thomas  Cahill  Canton, MA

Matthew Thompson Canton,  MA

Lillian Carr   Clarksburg, MD

Nina Crosby Walton  Frederick, MD

Ryan Steed Glenn Dale, MD

Maria Gakdeng   Lanham, MD

Derrick  Lotharp  Belleville, MI

John Garrett Beverly Hills, MI

Anna Sun  Canton, MI

Joshua  Fields    Detroit, MI

Kyle  Mcbeth Southfield, MI

Elena  Hirsch    West Bloomfield, MI

Sarah  Hardy  Bentonia, MS

Jordan Purvis  Durham, NC

Joshua  Hill   Greensboro, NC

Jessica  Dickerson   Huntersville, NC

RoethaKijafa Hunter Winterville, NC

Sean Smith  Basking Ridge,   NJ

Kathryn Stevens Hornell, NY

Boston  Meeker  Hudson, OH

Colston Urban  Marietta, OH

Maxwell Haseman Carlisle, PA

Angela  McKeown Edwardsville, PA

Brijette Brown   Philadelphia, PA

Aneesah Robinson Philadelphia, PA

Angel Cooke  Camden, SC

Casey  Carter  Columbia, SC

John  Jeffery  Columbia, SC

Destiny Gadson  Cross, SC

Mia Williams Florence, SC

Tyler Parrott  Mount Pleasant, SC

Jhamar Rivers-Bradley Summerville, SC

Brooklynn Gross   Sioux Falls, SD

Aaliyah Sweat   Murfreesboro, TN

Moyleang  Taing    Bridge City, TX

Ryan Solis   El Paso, TX

Taylor Hayes  Houston, TX

Christiana Okafor  Houston, TX

Toi  Williams Plano,TX

Julian Hudspeth  San Antonio, TX

Luckaia Strand  Cedar City, UT

Wyatt Carter Chesterfield, VA

Stephanie Brown  Manassas, VA

Kody Frye  Manassas, VA

Isaiah Wilson  Portsmouth, VA

JordanAnderson-Murray  Richmond, VA

Sarah Schaefer    Stafford, VA

Marquis Thomas Virginia Beach,   VA

Natasha Rodriguez Centralia, WA

Mikayla  Weary Edmonds, WA

Rahsaan Roberson-Teague Milwaukee, WI

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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