The Disneyland Resort has a long-standing commitment to supporting youth and the community – and the Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers program does just that by recognizing high school students throughout Orange County who take action to make a difference in their homes, schools or communities.
Last month, 33 students were honored as “Shining Stars” and invited to attend an educational symposium focusing on leadership development and collaborative problem solving, followed by a celebratory luncheon. They also received grants of $1,000 for their high schools and medals of recognition. Of those students, five were announced as top “Luminaries” for going above and beyond in their community outreach efforts, earning a weekend prize package to visit the Disneyland Resort with their families and the opportunity to present a $3,000 donation to an Orange County nonprofit of their choice.
This year’s top “Luminaries” included:
- Alisa Ogranovich from Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo for starting a Second Harvest Food Bank chapter at her high school and holding “mobile pantries,” which bring food to underprivileged communities and families.
- Anna Lou from Oxford Academy in Cypress for bringing computer coding classes to more than 1,200 students and inspiring more girls to get involved in computer science.
- Austin Hwang from Marina High School in Huntington Beach for starting a student club that focuses on water conservation and education, helping to fund well-building projects in Uganda and India.
- Dalton Bourne from San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano for fundraising to create pouches that read “On the Road, Off the Phone,” for all teen drivers at his high school to keep them from texting while driving.
- Sydney Fredette from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita for starting her own “Be the Change” club which has donated approximately $60,000 worth of goods to underprivileged motel kids.