Deeply rooted in Disney’s commitment to supporting youth and the community, Disneyland® Resort Dreamers & Doers celebrates the power of possibility and recognizes youth who take action to improve their communities,
homes and schools.
This year, nearly 100 high school students from throughout Orange County were recognized for their efforts in making a difference. To recognize their achievements, these students received a personalized certificate of recognition and park tickets to the Disneyland Resort.
On February 25, 33 students were honored as “Shining Stars” and invited to attend an educational symposium and celebratory luncheon at the Disneyland Hotel. At the symposium, students engaged in presentations focusing on leadership and professional development, as well as activities focusing on collaborative problem solving. During the luncheon, students were individually recognized and received grants of $1,000 to give back to their high schools.
Five students were surprise-announced at the luncheon as the top “Luminaries” for their exceptional efforts in creating a brighter tomorrow for the communities in which they live. They also received 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.
Meet our 2016 – 2017 Luminaries:
Alisa Ogranovich, Aliso Niguel High School: Founder of school’s Second Harvest Food Bank Club and leader of the “mobile pantry” initiative which has provided over 7,000 pounds of food to underprivileged communities and families.
Anna Lou, Oxford Academy: President of Orange County Coder and founder of “Scratch in Schools” program which since 2015 has provided free computer coding classes to over 500 Orange County students.
Austin Hwang, Marina High School: Founder and president of Marina WAVE, an environmental club that focuses on water conservation, education and fundraising. Since its inception, the club has raised over $7,000 to fund water wells in Uganda and India.
Dalton Bourne, San Juan Hills High School: Implemented a teen driver safety initiative by creating phone pouches that read “On the Road, Off the Phone,” for over 400 students at his high school to keep them from texting while driving.
Sydney Fredette, Santa Margarita Catholic High School: Founder of school’s Be the Change Club, which has donated approximately $60,000 worth of goods to underprivileged motel kids, and Beary Merry Christmas, a community club she started nine years ago.
2016 – 2017 Shining Stars:
Nallely Alvarez, Samueli Academy
Mona Amirseyedian, Tesoro High School
Cindy Baltazar, Savanna High School
Fiona Bandy, Mater Dei High School
Dalton Bourne, San Juan Hills High School
Ryan Bundy, Tesoro High School
Lauren Castelblanco, Edison High School
Gema Fernandez, Western High School
Lynn Fong, Sage Hill High School
Sydney Fredette, Santa Margarita Catholic School
Elise Freij, John F. Kennedy High School
Alexandra Geltman, Fountain Valley High School
Sarah Heckel, Yorba Linda High School
Austin Hwang, Marina High School
Adam Key, Arnold O. Beckman High School
Rose Krol, San Juan Hills High School
Helen Le, Loara High School
Anna Lou, Oxford Academy
Brent Lowe, Fullerton High School
Joanna Maniti, Oxford Academy
Zena Meyer, Orange County School of the Arts
Cal Nielson, Laguna Beach High School
Madeline Nielsen, Aliso Niguel High School
Alisa Ogranovich, Aliso Niguel High School
Maria Ruiz, Middle College High School
Karan Shah, Woodbridge High School
Noopur Siroya, Woodbridge High School
Oliver Teitscheid, Mater Dei High School
Rhiannon Toan, Samueli Academy
Antalique Tran, Marina High School
Allyson Vuong, Esperanza High School
May Wang, Valencia High School
Natalie Yee, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
Information for the 2017-2018 Disneyland® Resort Dreamers & Doers program will be available in August. Students may submit an application to their school administrators, who can then nominate two students to represent their high school.
- Be a current resident of Orange County, California
- Currently attend an Orange County public, private or charter high school
- Be in good academic and character standing, as verified by their high school
- Submit a completed application to school administration by the specified deadline
- Students may only be nominated once during their high school career
- Submit a signed form of authorization to use likeness, voice and/or written correspondence
For more information about Disneyland® Resort Dreamers & Doers, please contact Disneyland Resort Corporate Citizenship at DLR.Corporate.Citizenship@Disney.com.