Kaylee Bird : Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours/Bachelor of Laws with Honours (BMS(HONS)/LLB(HONS))
A passion for dancing has led to a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for Kaylee Bird. The former Otumoetai College student is now in her sixth year of studying a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws. She says one of the reasons she chose to study at Waikato was that it was the only university in New Zealand where she could continue both dance and academic studies. Kaylee has been dancing since she was four years old and mainly trains in classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2017, Kaylee qualified for and attended the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. In 2013, Kaylee was accepted into three dance schools in Australia; the prestigious Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy where she spent a term in 2014 experiencing full-time dancing before returning to her studies, Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) and the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. In 2013 she was awarded honours in both her Advanced 2 BBO Ballet and Contemporary exams, and she was nominated to compete in the 2012 NZ Young Performer of the Year Awards.
- World Championships of Performing Arts New Zealand Delegate - 03/07/2017
In November 2016 I was selected from nation-wide auditions to represent New Zealand in dance at the 21st Annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA). WCOPA is referred to as the 'performing arts Olympics', as only invited and qualified competitors can attend. In July 2017 I travelled to Los Angeles with the Blackstars team of 25 delegates to compete four, self-choreographed dance solos in contemporary, lyrical, open, and jazz.
Over 50 countries attended the competition, which ran for nine days at the Long Beach Performing Arts Centre. This involved an opening ceremony, 12-hour boot-camp with industry leaders, three elimination rounds, go-sees, and awards ceremonies.
- Emerging Leader Award in Law 2018 - 09/07/2018
Winner of the Emerging Leader Award in Law for 2018. The selection process involved psychometric and aptitude testing, video interviews, and an intensive assessment day of group presentations, case studies, and individual interviews. The assessment day took place in the Deloitte offices in Auckland. As the winner of the law category, I will receive a C-suite lunch with a leader from Chapman Tripp, a mentor for three months, enrolment in the Leadership Mastery online course, and a CV workshop with Talent Solutions.
- Step Higher Award - 03/02/2019
Step Higher Award winners trek through the Khumbu Valley, Nepal, a stunning part of the Himalayas and the pathway to Mount Everest. The Khumbu Valley is where the real Sir Edmund Hillary legacy can be seen, with schools, hydro projects, bridges, an airport and hospital all bearing the Hillary name – many of which are supported by the Himalayan Trust. The two/three week trip took place in February 2019, and involved visiting many of these projects and connecting with Sir Ed’s legacy as well as the values associated with his efforts and the Hillary Scholarship.
- Freemason's University Scholarship - 05/03/2020
Awardees are chosen based on a sound academic record, demonstration of good citizenship, exhibiting leadership potential, and displaying proven community commitment.
- Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship - 01/05/2020
Awarded to women of any age, pursuing a business program who demonstrate outstanding potential in their field.
- Waikato Blues Award - 11/10/2018
A blues award recognises the highest level of sporting or artistic achievement. This was awarded for competing at the World Championships of Performing Arts in 2017, competing as part of the New Zealand team in Dance.
- Golden Key International Honour Society - 01/12/2015
Golden Key is an invite-only society for high-achieving university students.