Halo Awards preview

Emily McCready ('11)/ Eastside Staff

Nickelodeon’s first-ever Helping And Leading Others (HALO) awards show is dedicated to celebrating four real teenagers with a mission to improve the world.

The award show was created and will be hosted by Nick Cannon, the recently appointed chairman of TeenNick. With this project, he hopes to inspire and motivate a new generation of leaders.

The show recognizes these four teens with unique stories of overcoming their own struggles, and helping others do the same. These teens: Megan Kilroy (17), Leah Stoltz, 17, Darrius Snow, 19, and Brryan Jackson, 18, are all fighting for a different cause. Whether it be environmental activism or improving the lives of disadvantaged children, coping with scoliosis or coping with AIDS, every teen has put forth a valiant effort to improve the world, and deserves an award show in celebration of them.

The televised award show will feature various celebrities, such as: Alicia Keys, Hayden Panettiere, Justin Timberlake and Lebron James joining Cannon and traveling across the country finding the predetermined teen participants.

The stars are traveling to each of the teen’s hometowns, surprising each with a “Halo Award.” These teenage agents of change will each receive and special HALO award, a $10,000 grant for their projects, and a $10,000 college scholarship, a weekend with one of their favorite stars, and an extraordinary surprise to be revealed during the premiere.

The presentation will premiere on December 11 at 8 p.m. It will be a one-hour special honoring the teens that have set out in their own communities to make the world a better place for others.