TeenNick HALO Awards Honor Melbourne High Student
By Space Coast Daily // November 13, 2012
Recognized For Her Work With Migrant Childen
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Kylie Tumiatti, a junior at Melbourne High has been named one of four honorees from around the country in the TeenNick HALO Awards.
Recognizing real-life teens who are “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO), the fourth annual awards show pairs each honoree with a mega-celebrity who shares their commitment to service.
The TeenNick HALO Awards will be taped live from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 17 and premieres Monday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. on Nick at Nite.
“Each year we continue to be inspired by young people giving of themselves and we are honored to give back to them,” said HALO’s Nick Cannon. “We applaud these HALO honorees and their outstanding commitment to service on a local and national level.”
Each TeenNick HALO Award honoree was surprised by a visit from Cannon, awarded a grant for their organization and given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with a celebrity who shares a similar passion for their cause
Tumiatti, who lives in West Melbourne, developed a passion for giving back to the community early on, after watching her younger sister struggle with learning English. She decided to help others who faced similar obstacles and partnered with Operation Hope Florida, a non-profit facility that provides prekindergarten classes to children of migrant workers.
Together they implemented a literacy program that enhances the language skills of young children while simultaneously instilling a love of stories and books.
Tumiatti’s HALO match, Justin Bieber, is big supporter of Pencils of Promise, which works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.