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This 2-Year-Old Is the Youngest Member of American Mensa With an IQ of 146

“She just picked up things really fast and she was really interested in learning. At about 17, 18 months, she had recognized all the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes.”
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
May 27, 2021
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Kashe Quest was recently accepted into American Mensa, part of the biggest and oldest international high IQ society. Kashe, who resides in Los Angeles, has an IQ of 146, compared to the average American IQ of approximately 100, and is currently the youngest member of Mensa—as a 2-year-old.

In order to become a member of Mensa, one must take a standardized intelligence test and score in the top 2 percent of the general population. According to Kashe’s parents, she’s always been passionate about learning.

"We started to notice her memory was really great,” Kashe’s mother, Sukhjit Athwal, told Fox 11. “She just picked up things really fast and she was really interested in learning. At about 17, 18 months, she had recognized all the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes.”

Athwal also told the outlet that Kashe can already identify all 50 states by their shape and location on a map; count to 100; knows 50 signs in sign language; is learning Spanish; and knows the elements on the periodic table by their symbols. The 2-year-old is also starting to read.

“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 and it’s different because the way we communicate with her, it has to be different because she’s able to understand just a little bit more,” Athwal told the outlet. “I think one of the biggest things with me and [my] daughter [is] making sure she has a childhood and we don’t force anything on her too. 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.”

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