Young Dreamers Weigh in on the American Dream on CET Live Panel Discussion

May 9, 2011

Through a grant by the Seasongood Foundation, Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream and CET (Channel 48, PBS) will present Young Dreamers, a live hour long televised panel discussion with area high school students on their vision of the American Dream this Thursday, May 12, from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Alphonzo Wesson will moderate.

Panel members will be Dontre Drexellius, a 10th grader from Hughes STEM High School; Marisa Reddy, an 11th grader from Ursuline Academy; Trent Eliason, an 11th grader from Lawrenceburg High School; Sara Darnell, a 12th grader from Newport High School and Johnnay Benefield, an 11th grader from Princeton High School.

Young people in the viewing audience can also join the discussion live by going to and posting a question or comment through Facebook (search Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University) and Twitter (at XUAmericanDream).

“Thanks to the generosity of the Seasongood Foundation, Xavier’s Center for the Study of the American Dream and CET are teaming up to give voice to a group whose American Dreams represent our country’s future,” says Jene Galvin, Director of the Center’s Permanent American Dream Video Archive. “We often hear from adults on this topic, especially as we go through these challenging times. Young Dreamers will give a forum to the kids.”

Students from Nagle Middle School and Hughes STEM High School will also provide video clips of young people from their schools commenting on their American Dreams.

CET and Xavier’s Center for the Study of the American Dream will have a teacher study guide on their websites for area teachers who may want to use the program as a class activity.

To learn more about the Study of the American Dream please visit