The Halo Awards was such an amazing experience! I had so much fun and I feel very blessed to have been selected as one of the five honorees.

On Friday, the 16th, the day before the taping of the show, I was brought into a room filled with racks of beautiful dresses and heels, all chosen by stylist Katja Kahill. I was able to pick any outfit I wanted! Of course, the many different stylists there helped to choose just the perfect outfit. After choosing a gorgeous metallic burgundy dress and matching sparkly purple heels, the producers took us to the Hollywood Palladium for dress rehearsal. This was for about an hour. It was awesome to be able to see the set, which was decorated gorgeous. All of us honorees practiced our speeches, then we went on our way.

Saturday was the big day! At 11:30am, I went down to a room at the hotel set up specifically for hair and makeup. First, the makeup artist did an absolutely fabulous job with my eyes. Then, the hair guy did something a bit different, but I ended up loving the style. Then at 3:45pm, we headed over to the Hollywood Palladium, to walk the orange carpet.

Walking the orange carpet was definitely a surreal experience. There were so many photographers, all wanting to take our picture. There was also a lot of press, so for a good forty-five minutes, we did interviews on the orange carpet. Finally, we were escorted into the venue, and straight to the Champagne Lounge, which was for VIPs. In the Champagne lounge, me and the three other honorees, Matt Ferguson, Kylie Lan Tumiatti, and Taylor Waters, hung out and took pictures.

Finally, it was time for the awards show to start. It began with “Halo Style” by the LXD. This was absolutely incredible. Then, the award show progressed and all of our individual honoree segments were shown. The other winners are incredible, I definitely encourage everyone out there to check out their segments and work. When it was my turn to go on stage, Heather Morris from Glee presented me with a $10,000 college scholarship. Then, Nick Cannon told me that Chevrolet is going to sponsor Threads for Teens on Tour by providing the fuel and lodging for the tour!!! Lastly, Victoria Justice came on stage and presented Threads for Teens with a bunch of brand-new clothes from the set of the show Victorious.

The HALO Award Show was incredible, and I am so blessed to be a part of it. I would like to thank Nickelodeon for providing me with such a fabulous opportunity.

Allyson Ahlstrom

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