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Talented all-rounder set to shine on stage

House leader Nikita Horan aspires to study communication design, travel the world and work in as many countries as possible. She is a competitive hip-hop dancer, premier netball player and qualified New Zealand surf lifesaver. In August she will compete in the final of her first pageant – Miss Auckland, raising money for Youthline.

How did you get involved in pageants?

This is my first time doing anything like this. I’ve always been heavily involved in sports and school work, so this is a big step out of my comfort zone. A friend of mine encouraged me to give it a go so I went to a meeting and before I knew it I was selected as a 2018 finalist.

I chose to accept my offer for a few reasons. Most importantly, I wanted to get more involved in the community. Youthline, the pageant’s chosen charity, is such a worthy cause and it’s important they get the recognition and the help they deserve. I also hope to build my confidence and make new friends.

What does it involve?

The final of Miss Auckland will be held early August at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna. Prior to this, we have rehearsals every Sunday. They’re filled with lots of new learning experiences. So far we have been getting to know each other and learning the catwalk and choreography for the final.

What are you most looking forward to about the final?

It would have to be the recognition and celebration of all the hard work that is being put into fundraising for Youthline. I can’t wait to hear what the other girls and I have achieved.

What skills does a competition like this provide?

Where do I start? Not only does it greatly build up your confidence, but it also helps you to grow as a person. It teaches you skills like preparing a sponsorship proposal to a business. We learn how to prepare and approach interviews, how to present ourselves and our achievements, speak publicly, work with social media, and adapt to being on camera. Obviously, all these skills will be of great help when I head to university next year and in job interviews and applications.

What activities are you involved in at school?

I am the house leader of McLaren house, which means I am part of the student executive committee. I am a sporty person – I have been a premier netball player for ACG Strathallan over the last two years and have now ventured onto a premier netball league outside school. I am a competitive hip-hop dancer and compete at competitions around Auckland as well as performing at events such as the ANZ premier netball league games. I recently qualified to be a New Zealand surf life saver as well.

What’s your favourite subject at school and why?

The area of school work that I am most passionate about is design and photography. Design is one of my best skills – I love the aesthetics content and I intend to continue this at university next year with a Bachelors in Communication Design.

What’s your career aspiration?

After completing university I hope to find a career in communication design. I aspire to travel and work in as many different countries as possible. Seeing the world is one of my biggest aspirations.