An East Carolina University sophomore is among four young adults who will be honored next month for service and leadership as part of a nationally televised award ceremony.
19-year-old Taylor Waters will be featured in this year's TeenNick HALO Awards, scheduled to air on Nickelodeon on Nov. 19.
The award recognizes teens who are "Helping and Leading Others." She founded and is president of the Red Cross at East Carolina University student organization.
Actor and TV personality Nick Cannon, who hosts and produces the HALO awards, presented her with the news and an oversized check for $10,000 October 19th at ECU.
"I was in complete and total shock," Waters recalled in an interview this week. "I had no idea why he was there and what was happening."
Waters first got involved with the American Red Cross when her grandmother's house burned down in January 2010.
Cannon lauded Waters' "selfless" work. "I believe she'll do the right things with (the money)," he added. "That's the beauty of being able to put money into hands of people that want to do positive things. I'm pretty sure she'll come up with some creative ideas to help further her mission and her cause."
After the filming, Waters was flown to Los Angeles to meet actor Josh Duhamel. He supports disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross, as well as his hometown's Minot Area Community Foundation in North Dakota, which establishes permanently endowed funds to support both local and national charities and charitable causes.
Segments for Waters' portion of the fourth annual HALO Awards were shot in the Mendenhall Student Center, Dowdy Student Stores and at other locations around campus.