Teen Activist + Scholar + Vocalist + Dancer
" Walking in power from the year 2001, born and raised on the beautiful island of St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands, Akira Pickering-Haynes is a strong, multifaceted talented teen and high honor roll student at Pine Forest High School. The 16-year-old junior temporarily relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina after experiencing the devastation and destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Living by the mantra of "born a performer, forever a queen", she grew up singing and dancing in the church. Despite being born with temporary stridor, a medical condition where the inside of the throat is not fully formed and the ability to speak and eat is impaired, Akira wowed the Judges with a winning talent performance of "Stand Up for Love" by Destiny's Child.
Akira was a member of the Charlotte Amalie High School's National Honor Society, French Club, Concert Choir, Golden Hawkette Dance Team for the Chicken Hawks Marching Band, and the lead singer for the female vocal chorus group, Swans on the Lake. She was also a member of the Caribbean Ritual Dance Company, where she mastered the art of dancing on stilts. No stranger to the stage,
Akira won the Miss U.S. Virgin Islands Talented Teen pageant in 2015 and represented her country in the 36th annual Haynes-Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen pageant.