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We have received great news that Ryan Steed '18 was selected as an official winner of the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest! As part of the award, Ryan, shown in this picture front row far right, attended Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE® magazine. The Academy was held at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Florida over March 8-11. Students from 100 high schools nationwide are chosen to attend this academy "to teach them how to Dream BIG and Discover the Possibilities." Their weekend includes educational sessions, guest speakers, and hands-on learning opportunities throughout the living classroom of the Walt Disney World® Resort. This program can be life-changing for the students and continues to be an awe-inspiring experience for the Disney Cast.
Ryan, a junior here at Bishop McNamara who makes her home in Glenn Dale, Maryland, is currently an honor student and member of the National Honor and National English Honor Societies. She takes Advanced Placement and Honors classes, as well as African Dance, Drawing and Digital Arts classes. She plans to use her artistic talents to achieve her dreams of attending college where she will study business and marketing with a concentration in visual arts. She dreams of one day owning a chain of beauty supply stores, with a specialty in treating damaged hair for victims suffering from severe hair loss caused by cancer, burns and other traumatic experiences.
Mrs. Lisa Sneed, Ryan's mother shared this about the experience: "The Disney Dreamers Academy far exceeded my expectations. Steve Harvey, the speakers, hosts, staff and volunteers poured their hearts into making our experience a memorable one. They provided sessions for the parents and students on Living Your Dreams. I would encourage anyone across the U.S. to have their high school student apply for the program."
Congratulations, Ryan. Keep dreaming!