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  • 2013 HALO Awards: GIFfable Highlights From The Show!

    Posted on 11/17/2013 by Rachel1016

    And that's a wrap on the 2013 HALO Awards, folks! Do-gooding was in full force at the Hollywood Palladium tonight as we gathered celebrities to recognize our four amazing honorees: Denzel Thompson, Miranda Fuentes, Rocio Ortega, and Zachary Kerr. It was an evening full of heartwarming stories, some BIG surprises, and a few unforgettable musical performances.

    Words fail to describe just how inspiring the 2013 HALO Awards were, so we GIFfed tonight's most memorable moments. Here are our favorite highlights from the 2013 HALO Awards!

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    Fans rejoiced in the sweet sounds of Fall Out Boy.



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    Lil P-Nut tried to steal the show with this freestyle chops.



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    The audience became human glowsticks. (And it looked AWESOME.)



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    Honoree Rocio Ortega flashed her pearly whites at the camera.



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    Honoree Denzel Thompson's words of wisdom echoed through the arena.



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    Austin Mahone melted some hearts. Naturally.



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    Shay Mitchell hugged it out with honoree Miranda Fuentes!



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    Miranda inspired us all with her speech.



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    Co-hosts Kevin Jonas and Jennette McCurdy hammed it up on stage.



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    Our amazing honorees made Daniella Monet cry.



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    We totally surprised our honoree, Zachary Kerr.



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    Then we surprised ALL of our honorees with a little more $$$ for their education!



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    And finally, Enrique Iglesias stared into our souls as he closed out the show.



    Thank you for sharing this feel-good night with us! If you missed the live airing of the show, be sure to check out a special TeenNick encore Monday at 9pm ET!


  • 2013 HALO Honoree: Rocio Ortega

    Posted on 11/12/2013 by Rachel1016

    HALO 2013: Rocio Ortega

    Rocio Ortega is a girl with a vision. A 2013 HALO Awards honoree, Rocio is an advocate for women's empowerment through her involvement with an awesome organization called GlobalGirl Media (GGM). She's a Los Angeles native, but brings her passion for new media, education, and service to the international stage. We caught up with Rocio to learn more about GGM and hear about her HALO giveback experience with Chris Paul!

    GlobalGirl Media is a non-profit organization dedicated to training new media skills to girls around the world. Rocio explained how there are a lot of negative representations of women in the media today, a truth which GGM aims to dissolve. In her own words, "We figured the best way to change media is by actually giving the camera to a young girl and letting her tell her own story." The organization holds month-long workshops to teach girls how to film, edit, and produce their own content, but also how to develop their own voice. Through training sessions and guest lectures by female industry professionals, young girls become their own journalists, reporters, and news anchors.

    Rocio was a part of the 2010 class and returns every summer to train young girls. When we asked her about her experience on the teaching side, she made it clear that the training extends far beyond learning how to open up a tripod. They begin with technical skills, such as learning how to operate a camera or use editing software, but expand into larger concepts, such as the importance of media ethics and how women uniquely, and importantly, fit into the mix. Rocio explained, "We combine different values and along the way [the girls] realize how it's such a strong tool for change. For the first time they are being introduced to the word 'feminism' and [the concept of] women's rights. At the end of every workshop they're always empowered to do more than they were before."

    This past summer, Rocio participated in GlobalGirl Media's first-ever global summit in Chicago. GlobalGirls from South Africa, Morocco, Chicago and Los Angeles came together for the first time to not only complete a one-week intensive digital media training program, but also build relationships with similarly motivated, passionate girls around the world. One of the most moving things Rocio learned from the experience was this: "At the end of the day we're still the same, even though we come from opposite sides of the world. GlobalGirl Media has given us a running start in our lives to make global connections."

    For her HALO giveback experience, Rocio got to meet LA Clippers basketball player Chris Paul! A big basketball fan herself, Rocio said her time with Chris Paul was both fun and inspiring: "He gave me 101 courses on how to golf and bowl and that was really sweet. But he also took the time to mentor me and tell me 'thank you' and tell me to keep doing what I'm doing -- working for global female empowerment."

    Rocio is currently a sophomore at Wellesley College, and when she's not studying working for female empowerment around the world, she loves listening to Big Sean, Lady Gaga, Paramore and watching Awkward.

    Don't miss Rocio and the rest of the honorees at the 2013 HALO Awards this Sunday, November 17th at 8pm ET!