Friends top of their school

03:00, Nov 08 2012
Rebecca Forgesson
Friendship and success: Marlborough Girls’ College year 13 students Rebecca Forgesson, left, and Sonia Ginders. Rebecca was named 2012 college dux on Tuesday night and Sonia as proxime accessit

Two friends have cast aside any suggestion of rivalry in sharing the glory of the two top academic awards at Marlborough Girls' College.

At the school prize-giving in Blenheim on Tuesday night, the 2012 dux Rebecca Forgesson and proxime accessit Sonia Ginders were recognised for their outstanding academic efforts.

Being named dux after years of hard work at school was "pretty amazing", Rebecca said. The long-time goal had become more serious from year 11, so it was nice to be rewarded for it, she said.

Sonia, whose mother was also named proxime accessit at her secondary school in Auckland, said that having the goal, achieving it and being recognised for it made all her college years worthwhile.

"And I'm really pleased to share it with Bec," she said.

Rebecca replied: "I'm really happy to be sharing it with Sonia."


The camaraderie of the final year at school had been the ultimate highlight for both pupils.

"We've all become really close - and everyone's so happy, it's such a good atmosphere," Rebecca said.

Both school leavers are going on to further study, with Rebecca taking an engineering degree at Canterbury University and Sonia heading for a double degree in law and English at Otago University.

Although their career options remain unclear after university, both Rebecca and Sonia are keen to start the next step in their education and "take it as it comes."

The Marlborough Express