In a decade where we’ve seen unprecedented young people embark on great adventures into higher education, Kashe Quest is the latest to impress scholars and parents alike. A Los Angeles toddler with a bright future, Quest has become the youngest American member of the high IQ society Mensa, with a genius-level score of 146, according to KTTV.
At only 2-years-old, Quest speaks Spanish, knows 50 signs in sign language, and can identify elements on the periodic table by their symbols. In a spot that aired on Good Day LA, Quest showcased her skills by correctly identifying the compound Phosphorus and the state Mississippi on flash cards. To qualify for Mensa, a person must score at least 132 on the Stanford-Binetare IQ test, which is considered in the top 2 percent of the general population, according to the group’s website.
By contrast, the average American has an IQ of 100.
“Kashe is certainly a remarkable addition to American Mensa,” Trevor Mitchell, executive director of American Mensa, told PEOPLE in a statement. “We are proud to have her and to be able to help her and her parents with the unique challenges that gifted youth encounter.”
“We started to notice her memory was really great,” her mother, Sukhjit Athwal, who has a background in education, told the local TV outlet. “She just picked up things really fast and she was really interested in learning. At about 17, 18 months, she had recognized all the alphabets, numbers, colors and shapes.”
Athwal and her family believe in ensuring Kashe “has a childhood” and that she doesn’t “force anything on her.”
“We’re kind of going at her pace and we want to just make sure that she is youthful for as long as she can be,” she said. “At the end of the day, she’s in that toddler stage. So she very much is still a normal two-year-old where we have negotiations, we have tantrums — we have everything.”
Everything including a bright and studious future ahead for the family.
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