Outstanding students selected as Disney Dreamers

Published: Oct. 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We all know dreamers.

"I want to be a video game programmer or a programmer in general," said Chauncey Davidson.

And we all know doers.

But the dreamers who take positive steps become part of a selected few to make their dreams a reality.

"I constructed an essay, had people revise it," said Chauncey. "And when I was confident in what I had I just sent it in and hoped for the best,"

Chauncey Davidson was selected from more than 5,000 students across the country last year to be part of the Disney Dreamers Academy program.

"Once you're chosen, you are one of the 100 students and a chaperone invited to come down to Walt Disney world in Orlando, Florida for a weekend," said Disney Dreamers Academy Executive Champion Tracey Powell.

Chauncey Davidson's four page essay was his ticket to explore his career path.

"They said yes and my mom was so excited when she brought the mail," recalls Chauncey.

During the four-day event each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques and networking strategies.

"The weekend is fluid enough where they have an opportunity to dive deep in the areas that they thought but explore other areas," said Powell.

Motivational speakers and celebrities share their stories with the 9th through 12th graders and provide insight on how to achieve success and "DREAM BIG".

"We want them to discover the possibility of those dreams and then we take the opportunity just to give them that jump start and making that their future," added Powell.

The past winner knows how challenging but also how rewarding the program is.

"It's a big achievement going to this thing so it's really going to help me stand out," said Chauncey.

The 15-year-old junior at Cannon School in Concord hopes to attend MIT after graduation.

And his journey is already coming true.

"It's going to be a really hard profession but I am really ready to take the steps needed to get there," said Chauncey.

Disney Dreamer Academy is accepting applications through October 31st.

Students must be between the ages of 13–19, live in the United States, and be enrolled in high school grades 9–12 when applying.

To learn how to apply:

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