Brainy twins a talented pair
THEY say intelligence runs in the genes - and this pair of bright sparks are living proof.
Brainy twins Claire and William Pitts have had a stellar final school year at Redbank Plains State High School and are eager to build on their science and maths knowledge at the University of Queensland next year.
Claire, 17, topped english, chemistry, physics, biology, and baths B and C, to be named Dux of the school.
After finishing senior level maths B and C subjects in Year 11, Claire was able to undertake a UQ mathematics course this year, for which she received a distinction.
She plans to study a Bachelor of Science next year, with a view to specialising in astrophysics.
Meanwhile William, who excelled in his school aerospace studies, has already been accepted into engineering at the University of Queensland next year.
He was offered the place based on his aerospace studies results, through a direct-entry scheme.
While the siblings admitted to some competitiveness, Claire said they made a great study team.
"We are a bit competitive when it comes to exam results, but apart from that we spend a lot of time studying together, and help each other out," Claire said.
"We both think differently, I think creatively and William's a very logical thinker, so together we make a really great team."
Principal Llewellyn Paulger said the twins' achievements were impressive.
"They're great role models - it proves that the kids who want to achieve will do it," he said.
"Claire's really taken advantage of our flexible access programs, she was accelerated at the start of Year 10 and has been able to finish subjects early and receive a high mark in university-level maths, which is particularly significant."
The twins are also vice captains of the school, and William is a keen air force cadet.
- In 2010, there were more than 4,450 twin births across Australia, up 43% on 1990 figures.
- Non-identical twins are up to four times more common than identical twins.