The fifth annual "TeenNick HALO Awards" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on Nick at Nite. For the first time, the show will be televised live from Los Angeles.
HALO stands for Helping And Leading Others. Each year, four teens are honored for their community-service work. They are paired with celebrities who applaud their causes, and the show is hosted by Nick Cannon.
This year’s awardees are:
Zachary Kerr, 19, of Methuen, Mass. He grew up as an identical triplet and spent years battling gender identity issues before making a transition from female to male.
Denzel Thompson, 19, of Philadelphia. He is a co-founder of Philadelphia Urban Creator and, among other things, organized affordable farmers markets for his neighborhood.
Rocio Ortega, 19, of Los Angeles. The first-generation Mexican-American works with GlobalGirl Media, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls from underserved communities around the world.
Miranda Fuentes, 16, of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Inspired by a younger brother who has autism, Fuentes has spent the past five years volunteering for Surfers for Austism.
Kerr is paired with “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, Thompson is paired with actress Queen Latifah, Ortega’s match is NBA player Chris Paul and Fuentes is paired with “Pretty Little Liars” actress Shay Mitchell.
The band Fall Out Boy and teen pop star Austin Mahone are scheduled to perform during the 90-minute program. It will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Monday on TeenNick.
“I’m humbled by the truly inspiring and tremendous work these HALO honorees are doing in their communities,” Cannon says in a press release. “It’s my goal to continue the conversations about issues that impact teens today, and empower young people to take action and make a difference in the world.”
Smithtown resident Leah Stoltz was one of the inaugural HALO Award honorees in 2009. Cannon showed up at a pep rally at Smithtown High School West and singled out then-senior Stoltz, telling her she’d won for starting a support group on Long Island for girls with scoliosis, which is curvature of the spine. Stoltz was paired with Justin Timberlake.