The 11th annual Disney Dreamers Academy event, a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the nation was held March 8-11 at Walt Disney World Resort. Paxon School for Advanced Studies student, Lebarron Johnson, 15, was among 100 teens selected from thousands of applicants for the mentoring program that is designed to assist them in identifying and pursuing their dreams. Johnson’s main hobby is playing baseball and his dream is to become a professional baseball player and obtain a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
The immersive four-day program features a series of career-oriented workshops and leadership seminars. This year’s celebrity participants included Sunny Hostin from ABC’s “The View,” television personality Steve Harvey, national recording artist Ne-Yo, former NFL great and “Dancing with the Stars,’’ winner Emmitt Smith and actors Jussie Smollett (Fox’s “Empire’’), Miles Brown (ABC’s “Black-ish’’) and Marsai Martin (ABC’s “Black-ish’’). Shown visiting Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with Minnie Mouse is high school student Lebarron Johnson. Todd Anderson photo