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This Week We Feature Young Professional Kirtis K. Malone

Virgin Islands News Online proudly presents our Young Professional of this Week, Kirtis Kassandra Malone, someone who may at first glance seem very much like the girl next door. Photo: VINO
Just after graduating from High School in 2008, our Young Professional started working at TMF BVI Ltd (formerly Equity Trust) as a Receptionist. It’s a job she calls an enjoyable one executed among persons who she describes as being her ‘second family’. Photo: VINO
Just after graduating from High School in 2008, our Young Professional started working at TMF BVI Ltd (formerly Equity Trust) as a Receptionist. It’s a job she calls an enjoyable one executed among persons who she describes as being her ‘second family’. Photo: VINO
With the two titles now tucked securely under her belt, Kassandra now looks forward with confidence to the challenge that comes with her entry into the Miss World competition that takes place next month in Indonesia. Photo: Provided
With the two titles now tucked securely under her belt, Kassandra now looks forward with confidence to the challenge that comes with her entry into the Miss World competition that takes place next month in Indonesia. Photo: Provided
Determination, hard work, patience and self-discipline are qualities Kassandra advises youths to embrace in order to achieve success and bring their dreams alive. Photo: VINO/File
Determination, hard work, patience and self-discipline are qualities Kassandra advises youths to embrace in order to achieve success and bring their dreams alive. Photo: VINO/File
By Ron M. Henry

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” is what former United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once famously said. It is one of the inspiring quotes that our Young Professional of this week lives by.

Virgin Islands News Online proudly presents our Young Professional of this Week, Kirtis Kassandra Malone, someone who may at first glance seem very much like the girl next door. But with Kassandra, as she is known to most of her friends, there is much more than what meets the eye.

She started her foray into the world of pageantry at the tender age of six years with her entry into the popular Prince and Princess pageant where she managed to secure the first runner-up position.

Slender and medium built, Kassandra may have never pictured herself to be quite the statuesque modern day model, but her piercing eyes, brilliant smile and disarming laughter easily compensate for her petite stature.

Kassandra, a sister to six siblings between both parents, grew up in Baughers Bay and attended Joyce Samuel Primary School and Elmore Stoutt High School before moving on to studies at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).

While growing up, she was also involved in her church’s Jabez youth choir as well as the local Purple Dragon martial arts group. Her foundation with the Jabez Youth Choir at the New Life Baptist Church helped her to gain a fondness and enthusiasm for singing and developed her talent to what it has become today.

When asked about her enthusiasm for singing, the 22 year old beauty said, “That passion came from being in previous choirs from primary school choirs, high school choirs, the Jabez Youth Choir at New Life Baptist Church… that’s where I did most of my singing, [at] church.”

The Young Professional has also featured on VI Showtime's ‘Timeless’ album appearing on the intoxicating ‘Dance Floor’ single that has been receiving extensive airplay recently.

Just after graduating from High School in 2008, our Young Professional started working at TMF BVI Ltd (formerly Equity Trust) as a Receptionist. It’s a job she calls an enjoyable one executed among persons who she describes as being her ‘second family’.

According to Kassandra, her job is far from being a boring one, contrary to what some may believe and offers her an opportunity to do and learn many things on a daily basis. She gets to meet many people and said there was ‘other stuff’ involved apart from simply answering the phone and replying to emails.

Being a Receptionist though, is not the height of our Young Professional’s dreams, she revealed. “My passion is children and that’s why I’m going to school to pursue a degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Special Education,” Kassandra related.

Reading, travelling, cooking and meeting new people also number among Kassandra’s many interests and she also disclosed that she has a fondness for applying make-up, another passion she developed. “That’s another thing I picked up which I’m pretty good at. I do it from time to time and get jobs to apply makeup,” she stated. Surprisingly enough, the petite dynamo also likes playing basketball!

Kassandra has been actively involved for nearly a year with the local Autism Centre, a cause she recently officially adopted upon her selection as the Virgin Islands’ representative for this year’s Miss World Pageant. She said the difficult communication aspects of the Autism disorder piqued her interest in taking up the charity.

Autistic persons are typically characterised by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication and also by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behaviour, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

“I think communication in itself is vital to everyday life. Not only did I want to lend a helping hand to the individuals that suffer from the disorder in raising funds, but I wanted to be a voice for them,” Kassandra explained. It is a voice, she expressed, that lets the public and wider community be aware that Autism is not something they should be afraid of, but rather something that should be embraced. "I hope with my voice and helping hands I can provide a better tomorrow for each individual who suffers from the autism spectrum disorder in our community," she stated.

Kassandra participated in the Mister and Miss Fifth Form pageant before leaving High School and noted that encouragement from friends and family led her to seize the opportunity. She easily won the pageant while capturing the Miss Photogenic, Miss Talent and Best Career Wear prizes.

In the following year, 2008, Kassandra was again encouraged to run for another title. This time, she managed to seize the crown for the prestigious Miss Hal Jackson pageant. She related that it was a great experience and she was especially excited about meeting the girls and coming in contact with their different personalities and it was also a pleasure being the hostess queen for the international pageant that year seeing that it was held in her hometown.

With the two titles now tucked securely under her belt, Kassandra now looks forward with confidence to the challenge that comes with her entry into the Miss World competition that takes place next month in Indonesia.

Determination, hard work, patience and self-discipline are qualities she advises youths to embrace in order to achieve success and bring their dreams alive. “Keep your dreams alive because that is very important,” she said, “once you believe in your dreams, there is nothing that can stop you.”

18 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Kirtis K. Malone”

  • ..... (23/08/2013, 08:23) Like (20) Dislike (53) Reply
    She's so beautiful...
  • Yes (23/08/2013, 09:26) Like (1) Dislike (21) Reply

    strupessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    such a hater lol

    • nanny cay (24/08/2013, 08:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      look at that sweet smile who can say she is not the finiest lady since Lady Diana..we love you Kirtis
  • qc (23/08/2013, 09:29) Like (6) Dislike (25) Reply
    go rild what a nice write up congrats Kirtis
  • dd (23/08/2013, 09:29) Like (11) Dislike (35) Reply
    yea daddy u aint lie she is so on damm and she is a very cool person to talk too also.
  • Blak (23/08/2013, 11:37) Like (6) Dislike (23) Reply
    If the "Girl next door" looked like Kirtis then I WASN'T MOVING..."WHAT"? That is the lane right thur.
  • sweetness (23/08/2013, 13:56) Like (6) Dislike (27) Reply
    Look my girl! I am so proud of her! You look so beautiful in that yellow dress, it takes your complexion well !!

    Good luck SWEETNESS!
  • kudos (23/08/2013, 14:36) Like (5) Dislike (23) Reply
    Congrats and best wishes on future endeavours,
  • bird watch (23/08/2013, 15:52) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    Another young lady on the high way to sucess big ups k
  • my wish (23/08/2013, 17:12) Like (3) Dislike (21) Reply
    hope she runs for Miss BVI next year for the 60th
  • shaw (23/08/2013, 18:51) Like (4) Dislike (23) Reply
    Yet another wonderful pick vino keep moving on up Ms. Malone
  • george (23/08/2013, 23:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    First of all I must say that the talent, smile and beauty of Kirtis is a sight to be seen.
  • Drooling (25/08/2013, 14:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh, my goodness, LOOK a SWEET T'ING!!!!
  • Fats Domino (26/08/2013, 12:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maan we know it have some people with "DISTINCT" features that are "HARD" on the eyes in Tola so when you come across a face like this you sometimes act like a "SCHOOL KID" cause she is "VERY EASY" on the eyes.
  • cool (26/08/2013, 15:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    great job on lookin good
  • VG (27/08/2013, 13:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    im a marry this girl one day


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