Edward Freeman, Thomasville High School 2017 Senior Class President, is keeping his successful streak flowing as he has been accepted to join the Disney Dreamers Academy held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida with Steve Harvey and sponsored by Essence Magazine.
Freeman received the news in early December through a package sent by the Disney Dreamers Academy which is an organization which inspires high school students to dream big and helps them earn the opportunity to give those dreams a head start. One hundred of the selected high school seniors will be attending a four day event where they will interact with multiple actors and speakers such as Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Terrence J, and many more!
Freeman decided to apply for this program after several of his older peers told him about it and insisted that it's something that he should look into for his senior year. The application included writing a 600 word essay. In the application, the readers look for intellectually curious minds and compassionate, courageous young leaders. They feel that whoever is selected has a positive outlook on life, dreams about his or her future, and takes advantage of available resources while remaining grateful and humble, which are all qualities that Freeman has.
After receiving the news that he was accepted out of several thousand applicants, he cherished that moment as a great one.
“It was a great moment. I thank God because it was surreal that I was chosen as one of the top 100 essayists,” expressed Freeman.
From this experience, he is pretty excited to be meeting many new students like himself that are inspired to be successful and flourish in society. He hopes to create new friendships and a better understanding of being successful during and after his college years.
Freeman continued, “I think that it will be an awesome opportunity for me to meet with top leaders in the nation and just meeting like-minded individuals that are leaders and go-getters and want to inspire others to be better. It’s truly a great opportunity and I’ll be meeting people that are okay with their uniqueness and what makes us dreamers and leaders. I hope to get a greater inspiration and a greater focus for me to achieve my dreams and most importantly dreaming big. I think that it will cause me to dream bigger when I attend the program.”
Freeman has proven himself to be a true scholar after receiving several college offers and also ended his high school career by being named Thomasville High School Homecoming King of 2016-2017.