The news is out and the list is in, The 2009 Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Awards are now available.

Press Release

They raise money for orphanages and create blankets for the homeless. They volunteer to sing at nursing homes and spearhead food drives. They support children going through chemotherapy trying to overcome cancer and crusade to prevent child abuse. And they do it all with can-do attitudes.

These are some of the traits that describe the nearly 400 local students recognized as 2009 Disney Dreamers and Doers. Of those, 15 earned additional accolades by earning the award’s top honor – distinction as Shining Stars.

Disney Dreamers and Doers rewards outstanding students who are improving their communities through volunteer service in Central Florida. Nominees are submitted by schools throughout Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk and Seminole counties and chosen by panel comprised of community leaders and Walt Disney World Cast Members.

The recipients of the 2009 Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Star Award include:

Orange County

  • Elementary School: Jillian Ortner, Sunrise Elementary School
  • Middle School: Natalia Rivera, St. Charles Borromeo School
  • High School: Jeanine Sinanan-Singh, Trinity Prep

Osceola County

  • Elementary School: Joshua Almonte, Ventura Elementary School
  • Middle School: Dominic St. Germaine, Kissimmee Charter Academy
  • High School: Amber Pettit, Harmony High School

Lake County

  • Elementary School: Meagan Dickerson, Cypress Ridge Elementary
  • Middle School: Chandler Watkins, Carver Middle School
  • High School: Lacey Morgan, Leesburg High School

Polk County

  • Elementary School: Shelby Fallin, Griffin Elementary School
  • Middle School: Patrick Davis,Southwest Middle School
  • High School: Ashley Greene, Ridge Community High School

Seminole County

  • Elementary School: Branson Mann, Sweetwater Episcopal Academy
  • Middle School: Raevon Redding, Tuskawilla Middle School
  • High School: Lauren Snyder, Paul J. Haggerty High School

All Disney Dreamers and Doers receive four theme park tickets, a certificate and a special pin. In addition, the 15 Disney Shining Star Award recipients receive a Mickey Mouse statue along with Walt Disney World Annual Passes for themselves and their immediate families.

Now in its 26th year, more than 11,000 students in Central Florida have been recognized as Disney Dreamers and Doers.

Wrapping it up

This is another great example of Disney working with the community as a good corporate citizen. Congratulations to all the recipients and to Disney for holding this annual event.