Disneyland honors high school students for community outreach at Dreamers & Doers Celebration

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Disneyland Resort honored high school students from across Orange County for their positive community outreach at the 2018 Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers Celebration.

The program just wrapped its third year of recognizing students who take action to improve their communities or schools.


86 students were named Dreamers & Doers by Disneyland this year, earning them Disneyland Resort theme park tickets. A select few of those 86 who went above and beyond were name Shining Stars and were awarded $1000 grants for their schools  invited to last weekend’s celebration.

Of those Shining Stars, five special students were selected as Luminaries and were awarded the opportunity to give a $3,000 grant to a nonprofit of their choice, as well as a stay at Disneyland Resort with their families. The five Luminaries were:

  • 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.

You can see the complete list of this year’s 86 Dreamers & Doers here.

Source: Disney


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