Dreamers & Doers

“The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements,

but rather with the things we do for others.” 

– Walt Disney

Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers celebrates the power of possibility and recognizes Orange County high school students who are taking action to improve their communities and schools through four focus areas: Strengthen Communities, Think Creatively, Conserve Nature and Live Healthier.

This spring, students selected as Shining Stars were recognized at a celebratory luncheon, held at the Disneyland Resort. In recognition for their efforts, each Shining Star received a $1,000 pay-it-forward grant to give to their high school. The top five Luminaries were also surprise-announced at at the luncheon. For their efforts, each Luminary has the opportunity to award a $3,000 grant to a local nonprofit organization.

Let’s meet this year’s Luminaries:

Carissa Long – Sage Hill School – An active volunteer with Illumination Foundation, Carissa started an Illumination Foundation club at her school that has grown to nearly 100 members. She planned a charity golf tournament that raised $275,000 for the foundation.

Jake Chao – Oxford Academy – Jake founded Young Acoustics, a community music education program that provides music programs to low-income students of Magnolia School District. Jake sourced more than 100 instruments and student volunteers to help with the weekly lessons.

Katherine McPhie – University High School – An active volunteer with Orange County Rescue Mission, Katherine started a weekly computer programming class for homeless youth. She also volunteers every Sunday at their food pantry, preparing and serving breakfast to Orange County’s most venerable individuals.

Julia Ransom – San Juan Hills High School – In honor of her late brother, Julia created the James Ransom Memorial 5K to raise awareness for mental health advocacy. More than 600 participants raised more than $15,000 during the inaugural race for Mission Hospital Foundation’s Clinical Institute for Mental Health and Wellness.

CJ Writer – Orange Lutheran High School – CJ planned, designed and installed water conservation demonstration gardens at the city of Anaheim’s Lenain Water Treatment Facility for residents to learn about water-savvy gardening. CJ facilitates tours of the gardens and continues to be involved.

Congratulations to all of the 2017-2018 Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers! 86 Orange County students were selected by their high schools for outstanding efforts to strengthen their communities, think creatively, conserve nature and live healthier.

*Indicates additional selection as Shining Star.

2018 Dreamers & Doers

 Alice Chun – Fullerton Union High School

Allison Barnes – Newport Harbor High School

*Allison Park – Fullerton Union High School

Annamarie McIntosh – Laguna Beach High School

Annebelle Olminkhof – Mission Viejo High School

Annie Van – Santiago High School

Anushka Bhaskar – Aliso Viejo High School

Arouge Javaid – Irvine High School

Bailey Webb – Mission Viejo High School

Bella Sirgy – Century High School

Breida Cambron-  Godinez Fundamental High School

Brenda Brito – Katella High School

Cambria Lovley – El Toro High School

*Carissa Long – Sage Hill School

*CJ Writer – Orange Lutheran High School

Casandra – Chamorro Costa Mesa High School

Cassidy Lin – El Dorado High School

Cassie Koger – Fountain Valley High School

*Clarissa Simental – Santa Ana High School

Delaney Toler – Tesoro High School

Destiny Somerville – Valencia High School

Dulce Castellon – Costa Mesa High School

*Elianna Peng – Villa Park High School

Evelyn Gallardo – Foothill High School

Gabriel Larson – El Dorado High School

*Gabriella Moussa – Yorba Linda High School

*Garrison Faridi – Aliso Viejo High School

*Grace Naylor – Foothill High School

*Hannah Takasuka – Ocean View High School

Hazel Fairbanks – Savanna High School

Isabella Quaranta – San Juan Hills High School

*Isablla Tejeda – Rosary Academy

Jacqueline Kieu – Yorba Linda High School

*Jake Chao – Oxford Academy

*Jennifer Pan – Arnold O. Beckman High School

*Jesse Aguirre – Katella High School

*Jessica Kwon – Sunny Hill High School

Jessica Nguyen – Segerstrom High School

Jonathan Binns – Early College High School

*Joshua Sohn – Northwood High School

*Julia Ransom – San Juan Hills High School

*Karina Ramirez – Oxford Academy

*Katherine McPhie – University High School

Katrina Adams – Mater Dei High School

*Kayla Wood – Magnolia High School

Kimberly Nguyen – La Quinta High School

*Kyle Krueger – Tesoro High School

*Lauren Lyons – Orange County School of the Arts

Lauren Ocampo – Mater Dei High School

Lenah Syed – Irvine High School

Leslie Serafin – Santiago High School

Maite Garcia – Dana Hills High School

Maritza Leon – Hare High School

Marlen Buitron – Samueli Academy

Marycarmen Montanez – Western High School

*Maya Kvesic – Fountain Valley High School

*Maya Williams – Laguna Hills High School

Mayra Espinoza – Santa Ana High School

Meagan Quach – Marina High School

Mikayla Davisson – La Vista High School

*Monica Tavassoli – Century High School

Nataly Vargas – Hare High School

Nicolas Sanchez – Samueli Academy

Patricia Cardenas- Segerstrom High School

*Porter Killian – Corona Del Mar High School

*Pratyush Das- Northwood High School

Rebecca Samuels- La Habra High School

*Ryan Ebrahimy – University High School

Ryan Smithers – Laguna Beach High School

*Sabrina Astle- Laguna Hills High School

Sabrina Nguyen-Hoang – Villa Park High School

Samantha Bugg – Rancho Alamitos High School

*Samantha Gertz – Marina High School

*Sara Du – Arnold O. Beckman High School

Sofia Chavez – Early College High School

Steven Baek – Valencia High School

*Sydney Little – Corona Del Mar High School

*Taira Ramdhani – Cypress High School

Tina Ly – La Quinta High School

*Tina Tieu – Santa Ana Valley High School

Tommy Tapia – Lorin Griset Academy

*Tony Gatica – Godinez Fundamental High School

Victoria Dang – Rancho Alamitos High School

Vidhi Joshi – Sunny Hill High School

*Yi-An Hsieh – Orange County School of the Arts

Yvette Salgado – Savanna High School

For more information about Dreamers & Doers, please contact DLR.Corporate.Citizenship@Disney.com.