There’s nothing quite like the gift of giving back. It’s such a brilliant feeling to pay it forward and see the happiness you can bring to others. That’s exactly what the four, admirable and incredible kids who are being honored at this year’s 2017 Nickelodeon HALO Awards have done. The spectacular HALO Awards is one of the greatest award shows as it’s not only jam-packed with a whole lot of exciting moments and terrific, musical performances, but it also inspires everyone to HALO – Help And Lead Others. This year’s outstanding Nickelodeon HALO Awards will bring together music sensations including Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Hey Violet, Why Don’t We, Ayo & Teo, and Jacob Sartorius for an unforgettable night celebrating amazing kids who have made a big difference in their communities.
The HALO Awards will be hosted by the one and only, prolific Nick Cannon. He shared his excitement over hosting the HALO Awards again this year and said, “The incredible work and inspirational stories of the Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees never cease to amaze me, and continue to show the world that every action counts–no matter how big or small. Kelly Clarkson is this year’s HALO Hall of Fame recipient because she truly embraces this idea. She recognizes the desire in all of us to help where we can and has impacted countless people with her philanthropic contributions.”
In addition, the Nickelodeon HALO Awards will be honoring the immensely talented, Kelly Clarkson with the HALO Hall of Fame Award. She not only brings out some of the greatest music that we all love listening to, but she also uses her platform to help give back to others and encourage everyone to do the same. Kelly Clarkson works with a variety of organizations including XQ Super School, Donor’s Choose Harvey Fund, Miracle on Broadway, an annual concert that she created that benefits local Nashville nonprofits, March of Dimes, and Musicians on Call. It’s clear to see that Kelly Clarkson continues to keep busy lending a hand to others.
Joining in on the fun are several of our favorite Nickelodeon stars. Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn‘s Lizzy Greene, JoJo Siwa, School of Rock star, Ricardo Hurtado and Knight Squad stars, Owen Joyner and Daniella Perkins will also be having a blast at the HALO Awards this year.
Let’s take a look at the four, spectacular kids who will be honored this year at the award show:
- Andrew Dunn, 14, Louisville, Ky. – Andrew Dunn started his organization, RAK Louisville (Random Acts of Kindness Louisville), in an effort to flood Louisville with kindness. He was inspired after receiving an advent calendar from his mom, which required him to perform a daily act of kindness in order to receive a present. Through RAK Louisville, Dunn encourages people to complete kindness challenges, organizes community events, helps students seek out service opportunities and motivates others to start their own projects.
- Raegan Junge, 12, Keystone, Iowa –Raegan Junge was six years old when she saw the destruction from a tornado in Missouri on the news. Eager to help, she sold homemade bracelets at a local store, raising $1,600 for a couple who was affected by the tragedy. This experience gave life to Raegan’s Relief Efforts, Junge’s organization that fundraises through bracelet, lip balm and garage sales, and donates and delivers products to people who have been affected by natural disasters. To date, Raegan’s Relief Efforts has raised over $23,000 in 25 different states.
- Zoe Terry, 11, Miami, Fla.– Zoe Terry was bullied for the color of her skin and hair texture at a young age. With the support of her mom and teachers, Terry came to feel comfortable in her own skin and realized that she wanted to help other girls feel beautiful and confident as well. As a result, Terry founded Zoe’s Dolls, an organization that focuses on girl empowerment and combats bullying through a variety of programs and events that incorporate fitness, self-expression and community spirit.
- Caleb White, 15, Detroit, Mich. – After observing a homeless man sleeping on the streets of Detroit, Caleb White started a community-wide effort, Caleb White Project, to combat homelessness and help build youth leaders through volunteerism. Since its inception, the project has donated over $300,000 to the homeless and enlisted more than 3,500 volunteers to help renovate houses, clean and repair treatment facilities and build relationships with youth in shelters through planned game nights.
The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is truly one of the most uplifting and awe-inspiring award shows out! Be sure to stay tuned with everything about the HALO Awards by following @Nickelodeon and @NickelodeonHALO on Twitter and Instagram and visit: nick.com/halo-awards. Don’t forget to mark your calendars and tune in to the greatest award show – the Nickelodeon HALO Awards airing on Sunday, November 26th at 7:00 PM ET / PT on Nickelodeon, TeenNick and NickToons.