Courtney Akers, senior at Riverview High School, recently auditioned for the NBC vocal competition The Voice.

Courtney Akers can be best described with one word: Talented.  Akers is a senior at Riverview High School and has high hopes for a bright future – A future full of bright lights.

Akers was born and raised in Riverview. Parents, Shane and Denise Akers, are also long-time Riverview residents, graduating from East Bay High School more than 20 years ago. Her parents are continually amazed by their only child and the talents and calm confidence that she exudes.

“My family and I are very close. We can talk to each other about anything and everything,” said Akers. “My parents are my heroes. They are my role models and I strive to be just like them one day. They are both very kind and caring.”

Her parents have always been her support and biggest cheerleaders to encourage Akers to follow her dreams to become a singer and performer.

Akers is very involved in theater, both community theater and in the theater department at Riverview High School. She has performed in many productions, including No No Nanette, Cinderella, Hello Dolly, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In addition she is also the president of the National Thespian Honors Society.

Recently, Akers was excited to audition for the NBC’s new television vocal competition The Voice. She submitted her on-line audition this summer and was thrilled to be contacted by the producers to audition for the second round of the competition in Orlando.

Akers and her family excitedly drove to Orlando for her audition in front of the producers and casting directors for the show. Unfortunately, she was eliminated during the third round; however, Akers was encouraged to make it that far.

“I plan on auditioning for The Voice again,” said Akers.

This is the type of tenacity that Akers knows she will need to make it in show business. Every opportunity is a learning experience.

In addition to school and theater, Akers works two jobs at Abercrombie and You Say When Yogurt shop in FishHawk.

Her plans after graduation will be to attend the University of South Florida and major in film. “I want to learn more about the television and film business and get into the field one day.”

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.