Anikka Abbott is currently a graduate student at Arizona State University. She will receive a Master of Mass Communication in Broadcast Journalism. Anikka is a theatre and community reporter for Cronkite Cut, a weekly entertainment broadcast.
Anikka runs a YouTube channel called Acutely Anikka. The channel aims to help young women live their best lives as their best selves. Episodes include anecdotes from Anikka’s own life in a vlog style. Many of the underlying themes match those of the blog on this website.
In May 2015, Anikka graduated summa cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. She was a member of the award-winning Choir of the West for 3 years and performed with them internationally. At PLU, she was chosen to perform as a founding member of the elite octet, The Chamber Singers, also performing internationally. An accomplished classical singer, her opera credits include Papagena in Mozart's Magic Flute, Morgana in Handel's Alcina, Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Mary in Kyr's Christmas Oratorio. Her musical theatre credits include Sandy in Grease, Maria in West Side Story, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, and Cinderella in Into The Woods.
Anikka served as Miss West Sound 2017 and as Miss Pierce County 2015 under the Miss America Program. Her platform was Prevention Through Empowerment: Ending Domestic Violence and Stalking. Survivor turned advocate, she was a founding member of the Associate Board at the Pierce County YWCA, striving to reach out to young adults to prevent domestic violence and to promote service. She gave numerous keynote presentations at Rotary and other community clubs about domestic violence causation, prevention, and solutions. In 2015, Anikka was awarded proclamations from the Gig Harbor City Council (WA State) and the Pierce County Council (WA State) for her work towards domestic violence prevention. In 2017, she received the national Miss America Community Service Award for her speaking program.
In July 2015, Anikka placed as First Runner-up to Miss Washington. She represented Washington at the National Sweetheart Pageant in Illinois in August 2015.