TeenNick HALO Awards

TeenNick HALO Awards

One of our favorite things here at Glitter Magazine is to feature real people doing amazing work in their communities.  They inspire us with their innovations, their passion for community service, and their commitment to a better world.  That’s why we are really looking forward to watching TeenNick’s HALO Awards Show, which took place October 26th but will premier November 6th at 8 pm on Nick@Nite.  The HALO (Helping And Leading Others) Awards have been around since 2009, when Nick Cannon began working with TeenNick to honor teens who want to make their communities and the world in general a better place.  The teens receive prize money and some great face time with celebrities who support their causes.  But, most important, they are recognized for their amazing service!  While the audience enjoyed taped segments from this year’s pre-announced teens (James O’Dwyer, Emily-Anne Rigal, Shanoah Washington, and Kyle Weiss) being visited by their celebrity match (Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Jessica Biel, and David Beckham), newly named HALO honoree, Adele Taylor, was serenaded by Jason Derulo onstage!

The HALO Awards Show also included celebrity appearances and performances by Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Heidi Klum, Serena Williams, Stephen Moyer, Victoria Justice, and Ariel Winter! Check out the teens, their special guest celebrities, and Chairman Nick Cannon at this year’s TeenNick HALO Awards on November 6th!

James O’Dwyer, 19, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (paired with Taylor Swift) – James was a freshman at University of Alabama when the devastating EF4 tornado hit Tuscaloosa, leaving a six mile track of destruction across the region.  He started Magnolia Disaster Relief, an aid program that targets small rural towns hit the hardest by tornadoes and helped the least by delivering food, water and clothing, along with toys, furniture and fridges so affected people can start rebuilding their lives.  James’s HALO match is Taylor Swift who, among her many philanthropic endeavors, raises money and awareness to benefit those affected by tornadoes and floods.

Emily-Anne Rigal, 17, Williamsburg, Va. (paired with Lady Gaga) – As a young overweight girl, Emily-Anne was bullied so harshly she was forced to switch schools.  Recognizing just how upsetting her experience with bullying had been, she decided to create WeStopHate.org, a teenrun YouTube channel and website, which helps combat bullying by motivating teens to make videos sharing their own stories of triumph and give tips to others on how they too can prevail.  Her HALO match, Lady Gaga, is one of Emily-Anne’s greatest role models and campaigns for anti-bullying laws, encouraging teens to be themselves.

Shanoah Washington, 18, St. Petersburg, Fla. (paired with Jessica Biel) – Born in California, Shanoah’s home life was plagued with gang violence until her grandmother moved her to Florida and enrolled her at the local Boys & Girls Club, providing her with guidance to reach her full potential.  A slam poet and spoken word artist, Shanoah helps young people find their voice so they can heal.  She also created Sista2Sista, a mentoring program which aims to motivate young girls through the development of selfesteem, honesty, selfdiscipline and positive thinking.  Shanoah’s HALO match is Jessica Biel who works with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign that rallies girls in the U.S. to help give girls in developing countries a better future.

Kyle Weiss, 18, Danville, Calif. (paired with David Beckham) – A huge soccer fan, Kyle’s activism was sparked after speaking to Angolan fans at the 2006 World Cup and learning about the dire state of the country and lack of sports resources available to the youth of Africa.  Kyle and his brother started FUNDaFIELD, an organization that fundraises to build soccer fields in developing countries in Africa.  Nine soccer fields have been funded thus far and today there are 30 core members and over 200 members in FUNDaFIELD chapters across the U.S.  Kyle’s HALO match is David Beckham, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, who campaigns and fundraises to establish education and recreational programs involving soccer for children around the world.

And surprise (!) honoree Adele Taylor, 16, Williamstown, NJ (paired with Jason Derulo) – An avid and enthusiastic reader, Adele Taylor, of Williamstown, N.J., grew up understanding the value of literacy.  After learning that one in five adults can’t read, she decided to take action.  In December 2008, at age 13, this exuberant young lady created the organization Adele’s Literacy Library, with the goal of promoting literacy among people of all ages.  Adele is honored by Jason Derulo who supports the MakeAWish Foundation among other charitable efforts.


by Tes Howell