From Fall Out Boy’s opening to the kooky orange carpet to Enrique Iglesias‘s final note, last night’s TeenNick HALO Awards had it all. Four young changemakers took the stage, and we’ve got the best moments from the night.
+ Miranda Fuentes Hits the Waves With Austin Mahone
Since Miranda’s little bro Lucas has autism, it’s gotten her waaay involved in autism activism. She’s really built up Surfers for Autism, and while she was working with it on the beach she got the surprise of a lifetime. Austin Mahone just came on biking up, and later she hit the waves with Austin (who, admittedly, wasn’t as good on a board as she is). After being flown out to Hollywood, Miranda got to hang with Shay Mitchell, and Shay gave the young activist and “Pretty Little Liars” fan the perfect gift: a PLL board!
+ Zachary Kerr Balls So Hard With Josh Hutcherson
Zachary was born as one of three identical sisters, but knew early on he was really a boy. When he learned the word “transgender,” he understood his situation, and since then has been educating people and working for transgender rights. So it was perf that he got hooked up with Straight But Not Narrow’s own Josh Hutcherson, and the two of them shot hoops at Josh’s charity basketball game. Zach hadn’t known about SBNN before, but methinks he might be getting more involved in it.
+ Denzel Thompson Has an Epic Golf Cart Experience
After growing up in a poor community in Philadelphia where healthy food just wasn’t a viable option, Denzel began the Philadelphia Urban Creators with other teens to grow healthy, yummy food right in Philly. He was working on a garden when none other than HALO host Nick Cannon came rolling up in a golf cart, and that was only the beginning. After being flown to Hollywood, Denzel found himself being driven around in another golf cart….right onto a taping of “The Queen Latifah Show”! Later the Queen and Denzel got to talk about what it’s like to make a difference, and Latifah spoke about starting a scholarship for inner-city kids in honor of her late brother.
+ Rocio Ortega Breaks Stereotypes for Women Everywhere
As a young woman and a Latina, Rocio knows there are many prejudices stacked against her. She also knows she’s not going to take those prejudices. After her involvement with Girl Up and her work to pass the End of Child Marriage Bill, Rocio thought she was going out for an evening of bowling, only to be surprised by Nickelodeon’s Daniella Monet with the great HALO news. Then Rocio got to hang out with Clippers star Chris Paul, who talked about Rocio being an icon to his daughter. Rocio is calling for more female representation in areas like education, the media and politics, and we couldn’t agree more.
+ Everyone’s About That Helping-Out Life
The HALO Awards highlighted the work of these four fab teens, but it also talked about charities and organizations supported by celebs who were part of the night. You might have noticed some celeb stumping for Planned Parenthood, the Somaly Mam Foundation and The Trevor Project. More than once the typhoon in the Philippines also got brought up, and Nick Cannon encouraged audience members to help the people of the Philippines through UNICEF.
The night really did a great job at legitimately inspiring the audience to go out and make some change! So what are you waiting for? ‘Tis the season to give back!
Check out the fun HALO quizzes about how you can better the world!
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