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  • 10 Reasons PCA Was Totally Your Dream School

    Posted on 09/01/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    It's that time of year again! For most of us, back-to-school can bring a mixed bag of emotions, but for the students of Pacific Coast Academy, it meant a return to the coolest school around. Here are 10 reasons why PCA was totally your dream school.

    10. PCA was in a prime location. Right on the beach in southern California.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    How could you not get pumped for school?

    9. The lounge areas were so cool and colorful.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Note Quinn's textbook contraption.

    8. And the dorms were pretty rad, too.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Shout out to the Ciara poster on the wall!

    7. One of the biggest perks of being a PCA student was definitely all the dining options the school offered. For example, coffee carts were a thing.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Yes, while PCA students had lattes, the rest of us take double-tall, extra-soy sips from the water fountain.

    6. Their mascot was a Stingray.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Need this backpack now.

    5. Anyone remember Sushi Rox?
    Zoey 101: PCA

    And how Zoey and the gang raised money to rebuild it after a fire?

    4. And yes, it was totally normal for a high school to have its own movie theater...
    Zoey 101: PCA

    SO. NORMAL. (Hey, Chase.)

    3. Of course, when you go to school right by the beach, it's easy to have parties right by the beach.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Killer shades, Dana.

    Zoey 101: PCA

    Sunset! Sand!Smiles!

    2. And super-cool luau-themed school dances.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Where you can get down like a clown.

    Zoey 101: PCA

    Or not.

    1. But most of all, PCA was our dream school because of the fun, quirky, awesome kids that made up its student body.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Michael, Nicole, Lola, Dustin, Zoey, Chase, Quinn and Logan forever. <3

    What's your favorite PCA moment? Let us know in the comments!

  • Ever Felt Awkward at a Party? Alessia Cara Can Relate.

    Posted on 08/27/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Alessia Cara

    We all love a good party anthem, there's no doubt about that. But have you ever been in a social situation where you're just like, "Ugh. This is weird. This is awkward. GTG ASAP."

    Yeah. Us, too.

    For all those times you've wondered, "What if I don't want to be the life of the party tonight? Is that cool?" Yes. It totally is. And 19 year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara will be the first to tell you that.

    If you haven't heard Alessia's new single "Here", check it out (~here~ lol). It's an anthem for the introvert, an ode to all those people who'd rather be kickin' it with their friends and talking about their big dreams than rolling deep to a party.

    Can you dig? We can.

    This star-on-the-rise is poised for really big things. Alessia is a teen with a huge voice (seriously, her pipes are unreal) and an even bigger message. And we are so stoked because she is stopping by TeenNick Top 10 TONIGHT at 9pm to chat about her new music! You don't want to miss it!

    In the meantime, take a moment to appreciate the epic realness of this Instagram:

    home for a day means tragic outifts

    A photo posted by ALESSIA CARA (@alessiasmusic) on


    Yas. Queen.


    9pm. Tonight. See you then!

  • HALO Effect Honoree Bailey Walter is on a Mission to Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy

    Posted on 08/25/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    HALO Effect: Bailey Walter


    Bailey Walter is the 14 year-old and founder of Let Them Dance, an initiative to increase awareness about a little known, but devastating disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

    It all began when Bailey's best friend was put in a wheel chair because of SMA syndrome. And with their 4th grade dance around the corner, Bailey knew she didn't want to go without him. Hoping to one day find a way for him to dance again, she became passionate about finding a cure for SMA.

    If you've never heard of SMA, here's one thing everyone should know, according to Bailey: "The main thing that everyone needs to know about Spinal Muscular Atrophy is that most children die before the age of two. It effects not only their muscles for walking, but also for breathing and eating. There are some that live long lives, but don't walk. Some may always require assistance for daily living." At just 10 years old, Bailey approached her city's Mayor with the hopes of creating a day dedicated to SMA Awareness. "I had never done anything like this before," she says, "so I was very nervous reading my speech." But overcome her fears she did, and she got the mayor to agree.

    Even though she's showed incredible courage, Bailey says that one of the biggest hurdles she's had to jump is definitely her young age. "When I was 10 no one took me seriously at first. It took a lot of pleading and doing a lot of research on SMA so I could prove my case." Since then, Bailey has set up a successful bracelet business, from which all proceeds are given to the Western New York chapter of Cure SMA. In addition, Bailey says, "I showed that I could contact businesses by phone, mail or in person to help get contributions for the annual walk. [Every year Cure SMA holds a walk to raise fund and awareness for the disease]... The hardest part was convincing people we were serious, but we stood our ground and proved we were."

    Approaching the five year anniversary of Let Them Dance, Bailey has many ideas to expand her organization, including an initiative to make blankets and pillows for newly diagnosed children. "I am hoping that by the time it turns ten, the cure will be found. If not it just means that I need to work that much harder to help these kids and Let Them Dance!"

    To learn more about Bailey and her awesome work, check out the video below!


  • Ned's Declassified Back-To-School Survival Guide

    Posted on 08/25/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Let's face it. When it comes to Back-To-School, you're either ready or you're not. There's a lot to think about (from what to wear on your first day to where you're gonna sit at lunch...) and back-to-school jitters are totally normal. In fact, no one knows this better than Ned Bigby, whose Declassified School Survival Guide contained anything and everything we needed to know about making it out aliiiiive.

    Just kidding, school is really kinda awesome. And it's time to get pumped. Check out a few of Ned's best tips for making the first day of school as memorable (or just, you know, as bearable) as possible.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Nobody wants to look like a helpless turtle on the verge of falling over.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Thinking about a new 'do? Probably best to leave it to the professionals.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Don't forget, September is still summer. Hold off on the snazzy fall fashions until the humidity dies down.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Even if your schedule splits you up from your friends, use your electives to stick together!

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    And just remember, if things don't go as planned, it's alll goood :).

    You can check out the full episode, "First Day" right here! Happy back-to-school, everyone!

  • You'll Never Believe the Story Behind Kaya Stewart's Hit Single 'In Love with a Boy'

    Posted on 08/19/2015 by TeenNickBlogger


    Fresh Artist Kaya Stewart


    Picture this: You didn't study for your math test and you're already anticipating the consequences. A less-than-stellar grade will most likely result in a stern talking-to from the 'rents and you'll think to yourself... "I have got to keep those YouTube benders in check." The struggle is real, we get it.

    But for TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Kaya Stewart, that wasn't exactly the case.

    By now, you've probably heard Kaya's stomping hit single "In Love With A Boy." What you maybe don't know is that she wrote that song on the back of a math test she knew she wasn't going to ace. And according to Billboard, the very boy in the song was in her middle school math class!



    Now, we can't promise you'll be able to make beautiful music out of questionable study skills, but we can promise you a super-exciting appearance from Kaya Stewart on TeenNick Top 10 TONIGHT! You'll hear more about her upcoming music and you also get to check out her killer combat boots. Boom. You're welcome.

    9PM is where it's at, y'all!

    Fresh Artist Kaya Stewart


    Fresh Artist Kaya Stewart


  • 7 Creative Cake Pops You Need In Your Life

    Posted on 08/19/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Cake pops: The cool cousin to cupcakes and totally under-the-radar pint-sized treats that kind of rock. I mean, who doesn't love all that rich, sugary-sweet goodness packed into one bite? And when some of our favorite bakers are getting THIS creative with designs, we can't help but sit down and take notice! Check out these sweets and get ready to have your mouth water, and your mind blown.

    DONUT YOU KNOW?

    Cake Pops

    Via Pint Sized Baker


    Cake and donuts? The most dynamic doughy duo? We think yes.

    COME FLY AWAY

    Via Zoe & Pea


    The concept. The detail. The everything.

    OUI OUI

    Via Zoe & Pea


    Black and white with a simple pop of color. How perfectly Parisian.

    BUTTERFLIES (EXTRA BUTTER)

    Cake Pops

    Via Pint Sized Baker


    BRB finding a field in which to frolic.

    RUFFLE RULES

    Via "O" Pops By Angie

    Actually can't get over the amazing detail on this one.

    PAINTER'S PALETTE

    Via "O" Pops By Angie


    A masterpiece, if you ask us!

    S'MORE IS MORE

    Cake Pops

    Via Pint Sized Baker


    Yes, world, this exists.

    Which cake pop design is your favorite? For more amazing treats, check out awesome creations from The Pint Sized Baker, Zoe & Pea and "O" Pops by Angie!


  • These Zoey 101 Show Secrets Will Blow Your Mind!

    Posted on 08/14/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Zoey 101 Cast


    Ever wonder what went on behind the scenes at Pacific Coast Academy? This week, Zoey 101 creator Dan Schneider took to YouTube to share some hilarious fun facts about the show that you probably never knew!

    Check out the video below to learn why Sean Flynn (Chase) had to wear a wig once, and the actual reason Zoey got her head stuck in a bucket.



    What's one of your favorite Zoey 101 moments? Share it in the comments!

  • 5 Reasons We Want to be BFF With Fresh Artist Kelsea Ballerini

    Posted on 08/13/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Chances are, you've heard the super-sweet and totally infectious country stylings of our TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist, Kelsea Ballerini. Her hit "Love Me Like You Mean It" has already topped Billboard's country airplay songs charts, and her new single "Dibs" is taking over country radio as we speak. If you haven't heard these tunes, be warned, they WILL get stuck in your head.

    To celebrate Kelsea's place on our impressive Fresh Artist roster (hello, alumns include 5 Seconds of Summer, Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes) and our general obsession with her, we rounded up 5 reasons we want to be her BFF, like, yesterday.

    1. Her idea of a good time = good food + good people. I mean, where do we sign up?



    2. Her dog, Josh (named after country singer Josh Turner), will paralyze you with his cuteness. HE'S SO FLUFFY.

    missin my pups this morning. HE'S SO FLUFFY. #joshthedog

    A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on



    3. She freaks out just as much as we do when it comes to Nick Jonas.

    my 13 year old self really just lost all chill. #ACMawards50

    A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on



    4. She worked really hard to get where she is today and she didn't give up even when she hit a few roadblocks. If you're interested in stars' path to success, check out this awesome video in which Kelsea talks about her journey.



    5. This is how she celebrated her first #1. We didn't think it was possible to love Kelsea more, but this girl is going to do big things.



    Catch Kelsea on TeenNickTop 10 TONIGHT at 9pm!

  • These TeenNick Top 10 BTS Photos of Selena Gomez Are Officially Making Us Freak Out

    Posted on 08/06/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    TeenNick Top 10

    Selena and DJ Maxwell are total BFF. What can we say?�\_()_/�

    TeenNick Top 10


    Being this adorable should be a crime. Catch Selena talking new music and clowning around on the TeenNick Top 10 season premiere TONIGHT, August 6th at 10pm!

  • 10 Times "It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments" Made Us Laugh, Cry and Laugh-Cry

    Posted on 08/06/2015 by TeenNickBlogger


    We laughed. We cried. And now we're going to do it all over again. Just in case you missed It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments (you can watch it in full here!), we rounded up a few of our favorite quotes from the iconic Degrassi cast members who took a stroll down memory lane. Here are 10 times the Degrassi special was hilarious, heartwarming and so went there.

    10. When we got to see old audition footage...

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    ...and baby Craig (Jake Epstein) owned up to his emotions.

    While Adamo remembered his surprising first day on set:

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    9. When the actors who played LGBT characters talked about the impact of their story lines.

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    Like Annie Clark on the legacy of Fiona.

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    Or Marco's unforgettable story and how it connected not only to millions of teens, but also to Adamo's personal life.

    8. When Lauren Collins (Paige Michalchuk) and Stacey Farber (Ellie Nash) remembered how their very different characters came together through Ellie's self-harm narrative.

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    7. And, of course, the school shooting episode that will go down in Degrassi history.

    What it felt like to film those harrowing scenes...

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    And the importance of doing such an important story and issue justice.

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    6. When Ana Golja simply and poignantly described the weight of her character Zo�'s sexual assault story line.

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    5. And when the cast expressed how Degrassi is more than just a show about teens.

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    4. When executive producer Stephen Stohn acknowledged one of Degrassi's greatest conundrums.

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    Respect for owning up to it. #SeanAndEmmaForever

    3. When Aislinn and Munro proved that they're a perfect a pair off screen.

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    Degrassi: It Goes There

    All #goals: shattered.

    2. When Alicia Josipovic confirmed all of our hopes and dreams about what it's like to be on Degrassi.

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    1. And when co-creator Linda Schuyler perfectly captured the spirit of Degrassi.

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    Do you have any favorite moments from It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments? Share them in the comments! And if you haven't seen the full special yet, check it out here!