Double success for super twins

WINNING PAIR: Twins Charlotte and Brittany Smith, 17, cleaned up the St Mary’s Diocesan School prizegiving on Friday and head to Otago University in the new year.
WINNING PAIR: Twins Charlotte and Brittany Smith, 17, cleaned up the St Mary’s Diocesan School prizegiving on Friday and head to Otago University in the new year.

Twin sisters Charlotte and Brittany Smith do everything in doubles.

The 17-year-old students at Stratford's St Mary's Diocesan School have just finished their year on a high with Charlotte winning the dux awardand Brittany being awarded proxime accessit as runner-up.

Between them they collected almost every accolade and title at Friday's prizegiving and are now looking forward to studying health science together at Otago University.

Unsurprisingly, they both got accepted into Arana College, have scholarships to study, and plan to be either dentists or doctors.

Growing up in a family of seven kept things interesting. Between them all, they have attended four different secondary schools.

Their oldest twin brother and sister went to Waitara High, two older sisters went to New Plymouth Girls' High and their younger brother is boarding at Francis Douglas Memorial College while Mum and Dad live nearby on Mangorei Rd.

Their very proud mother, Suzanne Smith, said Brittany cried for two years leading up to high school after they were told they would be going to St Mary's Diocesan in Stratford.

"Boarding school is great for them and they get to be with their friends all the time and get made to study," she said.

After two weeks at St Mary's, Mrs Smith went to pick up the girls and they had fallen in love with the place.

The girls said they were sad to be leaving their school and Taranaki as this year had definitely been the cherry on the top for them both.

"After five years you have great friends, know all the teachers and it's really quite sad to be leaving," Brittany said.

For Charlotte, the high point was receiving dux, pipping her sister, which meant she qualified for a university scholarship.

Brittany had already received a scholarship after applying for one through the Leaders of Tomorrow programme and was worried Charlotte might miss out.

"It worked out really well in the end for both of us," Brittany said.

Taranaki Daily News