Reach Honorship Recipients: 2016

Warner Bros. Animation/Hanna-Barbera Honorship

Annabelle Hayford was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and was raised in Greenville, North Carolina and Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of Princess Anne High School and an art magnet school called  the Governor’s School for the Arts. While attending both schools, Annabelle was involved in the National Honor Society, and the National Art Honor Society. She was also an active four year member of the Governor’s School for the Arts yearbook staff and had the privilege of serving as the co-editor for the 2015-2016 yearbook.

Along with academics, Annabelle has entered many school and independent art exhibits and has won numerous awards and honors.  Her most notable awards include being a National Finalist in Visual Arts for the 2016 National YoungArts Foundation and a National Gold medal recipient in digital art for the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing awards.

During summer breaks, Annabelle has kept busy by focusing on advancing her art skills. For example, in 2014, Annabelle attended Maryland Institute College of Arts’ pre-college program for illustration. And in 2015, Annabelle became a freelance fashion illustrator for Inu-Inu, a popular online retail store. When Annabelle is not drawing in her free time, she enjoys watching cartoons, perfecting her style through online shopping, and engaging in politics, as she hopes to integrate her knowledge of politics and social justice into her artwork.

Annabelle is currently preparing to attend the Maryland Institute College of Arts in the fall, where she will pursue a degree in Animation.  She has interned in the following departments at Warner Bros.:

– WB Animation, Lego DC Flash DTV

Warner Bros. L.A. County Honorship

Jemma Kwak was born in Korea and moved to America at age four. She graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta.

In high school, Jemma was the president and treasurer of her school’s Key Club, an organization that seeks to better the community through service and fundraising for various charities. She is the co-founder and co-president of Crescenta Valley’s Tree People club, which works to reduce the school’s carbon footprint through tree care and environmental advocacy. Jemma also served for two years as the head co-editor-in-chief of her school’s literary and art publication, Journeys, working with graphic design and staff editors to create an annual magazine that celebrates the artistic talents of the student body. In this role, she digitized the magazine and opened a platform for film submissions.

Last summer, Jemma participated in a seven-week long program called Girls Who Code, a non-profit that seeks to close the gender gap in computer science. There, she learned the fundamentals of programming and designed a game using HTML and JavaScript Processing as her team’s final project.

In her free time, she enjoys watching films, spending time with family, and hiking.

She is currently preparing to attend University of California at Berkeley in the fall, where she will pursue a degree in computer science.  She has interned in the following departments at Warner Bros.:

– Warner Bros. Technology Solutions

Warner Bros. L.A. County Honorship

2016 L.A. County Reach Honorship recipient Evan Lewis was born in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston and moved to View Park/Windsor Hills, CA at the age of three. Evan attended St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood after transferring from Windward High School. At Windward, she was a three sport athlete, a peer counselor and co-founder of the Student Diversity Board. A love for community service and an interest in film led her to The Dirk Swain Foundation, where she assisted with film-making workshops for teens in underserved communities.

Once at St. Mary’s Academy, Evan continued to excel, inducted into the National Honor Society and becoming an inaugural recipient of the Salehi Math and Science Scholarship for excellence in math and science, a peer tutor, a Student Ambassador and ASB Vice-President. She was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Ron Brown Scholarship and was honored to be chosen to continue with the organization as a Ron Brown Captain.

At a young age, Evan was recognized for her public speaking ability and ease. She is still called upon to speak in various capacities and plans to continue building upon this skill. At Williams College in Massachusetts, Evan plans to double major in English and psychology, with the possibility of further exploring a love for writing and screenwriting. She is drawn to the production and the business side of the entertainment industry, with an interest in getting her MBA following her undergraduate degree. She cites Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay as role models who inspire her and fuel her drive. Ultimately, Evan’s main goal is to use her experiences to help and positively influence the lives of others. She believes that through delivering powerful narratives via film and media, she will be able to achieve this dream.  She has interned in the following departments at Warner Bros.:

– Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, Studio Operations

Warner Bros. Burbank Honorship

Lyna Moreno was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to the city of Burbank where she completed high school. Lyna developed an early passion for creative writing and stays in touch with her writing mentor. She met her mentor in a program called WriteGirl which empowers young female writers. Lyna is also a part of Academy of Finance (AOF) serving as the events planner her sophomore year. In the 3 years of AOF, Lyna learned accounting, business ethics, financial planning, and many other useful lessons. Recently, she had been awarded 1st place in the internship presentation category competing against other seniors in the academy. Her internship included a completion of over 150 hours of community service. In her junior year, she decided to dive into law and join Burbank High School’s Mock Trial. She played many roles including lawyers and witnesses and acted as the club’s secretary in her senior year. For that year, she won best defense witness – scoring the highest among other defense witnesses during trial.

Aside from writing, Lyna enjoys web and graphic design. She took a summer course at Woodbury University to improve her skills. In addition, she loves reading, singing, dancing, and acting.

She is currently preparing to attend University of California at Santa Barbara where she will pursue a degree in English.  She has interned in the following departments at Warner Bros.:

– Warner Bros. Television, Social Media Marketing

Warner Bros. L.A. County Honorship

Dean Tsalickis was born and raised in San Pedro, California. He graduated from San Pedro High School, where he took rigorous courses and founded multiple clubs such as the Film Club and Debate Club. For his senior year, he was in charge of creating his senior class video that highlighted the past four years of high school.

Dean also volunteers in his community. At his local middle school, he helps direct students in theatrical scenes that are presented in a drama festival through Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC), a competition with other schools of Southern California. He is also co-captain of a Relay for Life team, fundraising money towards cancer research. In 2014, the American Cancer Society recognized his team for fundraising $1,700 for the cause.

In his free time, Dean enjoys surfing, swimming, writing and making films with his friends. He is currently preparing to attend University of California at Los Angeles in the fall, where he will pursue a degree in economics with a minor in film and television.  He has interned in the following departments at Warner Bros.:

– Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, Studio Operations

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