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How do you “HALO”? In addition to creating all of its extraordinary shows which are all truly masterpieces, the amazing Nickelodeon is known for inspiring all of its viewers to help make the world a better place to live in and a perfect example is Nickelodeon’s awe-inspiring HALO Awards. In its seventh year running, the phenomenal HALO Awards is back and better than ever celebrating four incredible teens who are “Helping and Leading Others”. To celebrate the recipients’ accomplishments and efforts, Nickelodeon is bringing together one remarkable award show with some of the greatest performers ever!
Nickelodeon just announced today who will be taking the stage at the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards and let’s just say this award show will be beyond epic. Fifth Harmony, DNCE with Joe Jonas, Flo Rida, Tori Kelly and WALK THE MOON will be leaving everyone mesmerized at this year’s HALO Awards. The HALO Awards will air on November 29th at 7:00 PM ET / PT on Nickelodeon, TeenNick, NickToons, Nick.com, the Nick App, TVLand and CMT.
In addition, worldwide phenomenon Justin Bieber will be honored with the HALO Hall of Fame award. According to the press release, “Bieber will be presented with the first-ever HALO Hall of Fame Award, an honor given to a celebrity who helps and leads others by making the world a better place, in recognition of his outstanding charitable work with Make-A-Wish®and Pencils of Promise. Bieber’s involvement with Make-A-Wish–the global organization which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions–has been longstanding. Since 2009, he has granted a wish at nearly every tour stop where he visits with wish kids and their families, takes photographs and signs autographs before they attend his concert. Over the last six years, he has granted more than 250 wishes for his fans. In addition, Bieber is a big supporter of Pencils of Promise, which works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.”
Also in attendance at the event will be many of your favorite Nickelodeon stars including “Bella and The Bulldogs” stars: Brec Bassinger and Coy Stewart, “100 Things To Do Before High School” star: Isabela Moner, “Every Witch Way” star, Rahart Adams, “W.I.T.s Academy” star: Daniela Nieves, “Talia In The Kitchen” stars: Maria Quezada, Gail Soltys, Ellis Ann Jackson, Joshua Hoffman and Liam Obergfoll, “Instant Mom” star: Sydney Park and “Make it Pop” stars: Louriza Tronco, Megan Lee, Erika Tham and Dale Whibley and more will be joining host and producer, Nick Cannon at the event.
Nick Cannon stated, “There’s no better way to begin the holiday season than by celebrating the amazing work of these four teens and our first HALO Hall of Fame recipient Justin Bieber at the Nickelodeon HALO Awards. Justin’s commitment to granting wishes for kids is unparalleled, and his ability to inspire and lead others through his positive actions is at the core of what HALO is all about.” (source: press release)
Let’s learn more about this year’s HALO recipients (source: press release):
- Ethan Cruikshank, 16, Mechanicsville, Va. ‐ A guitar player since the age of seven, Ethan Cruikshank was inspired to start Music to My Ears after his school cut music education funding. Since then, Cruikshank’s music program has helped over 100 kids across four states by providing free music lessons through volunteer teachers and distributing instruments to those who can’t afford them.
- Riley Gantt, 15, Sherman Oaks, Calif. – Riley Gantt’s organization Rainbow Pack was born out of her desire to provide kids with the supplies they need to do their homework and be successful learners, regardless of their economic circumstances. With funds raised through fundraising, grants, social media and school supply drives, she has successfully donated over 9000 backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in the Los Angeles area.
- Joshua Williams, 14, Miami Beach, Fla. – Joshua Williams’ commitment to eradicate hunger started with a roadside donation to a starving man when he was four and a half years old. Through William’s organization, Joshua’s Heart Foundation, he designed a food distribution system in local churches, schools and community centers, and continues to raise awareness of hunger and poverty at speaking engagements. He has distributed over 1.1 million pounds of food in South Florida, Jamaica and Africa to date, and helped feed over 50,000 people nationwide.
- Ruchita Zaparde, 18, Plainsboro, N.J. ‐ After a family trip to India exposed Ruchita Zaparde to the plight of widows and the difficulties they faced, she started Sew A Future to help those women achieve financial stability by becoming seamstresses. Zaparde identifies widows in need in India, delivers sewing machines and supplies, and connects the kids who are fundraising in the U.S. to the recipients. Over 200 families have been raised out of poverty with the gift of a sewing machine, thanks to the fundraising efforts of over 1400 students in 30 states.