Following your dreams is something that every parent wants their child to do, and one local student took that advice and ran with it. WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop has the story.
Aiken Senior High School student, Thomas Pope, couldn't be more excited for Friday's big debut. But it all started with a contest that Thomas was chosen for called “Disney Dreamers Academy” which is held by Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. The whole point of the academy is to teach students how to achieve their dreams. In March, Thomas traveled to Disney World with Steve Harvey and many other celebrities. They were on Steve Harvey's radio show – and did interviews for The Steve Harvey Show that airs Friday. Thomas says it was a weekend that changed his life – and he has already put what he's learned into practice.
“Your dreams are what get you started, and so since I have a dream of becoming a public speaker and engineer, you have to find a way to get that started. So right now I'm taking an engineering class,” said Thomas Pope, Aiken High School senior. “And this weekend I'm actually going to be speaking at a large event for the NAACP, the Aiken NAACP.”
Thomas was one of 100 chosen, and the academy received more than 5,000 submissions.
You can hear much more about Thomas and his experience, Friday on the Steve Harvey Show. It airs at 3 PM on WJBF.