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This 2-Year-Old Los Angeles Girl is the Youngest American Member of Mensa

Synthia Stark

Photo of Kashe Quest from American Mensa

In Los Angeles-California, there’s a little girl named Kashe Quest — who is now the youngest American member of Mensa.

For those not aware, Mensa is the largest and oldest society in the world for people with high intelligence quotient scores, or high IQ scores for short. To get into Mensa, it’s clear that you need a high IQ. 

In this case, Kashe has a whopping IQ score of 146. 

According to the World IQ Database, the average person in the United States has an IQ of 98. By comparison, the same database suggests that the average person in countries like Canada has an average IQ score of 101, while China has 104.

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Kashe is an incredibly intelligent girl. She can identify any of the 50 U.S. states just by looking at their outline shapes on pieces of paper. She can also rapidly name every element on the periodic table.

She can also do a lot of other things too. For example, despite being a toddler, she has advanced language skills that surpass her age level.

You can see a clip of her in action below:

According to the Mensa International website, to get into Mensa, you need to represent the elite top 2% of intelligent people in the world. It’s amazing that such a young girl was able to get in — as the youngest American member.

Her parents, named Devin Quest and Sukhjit (Sue) Quest, first identified Kashe’s intelligence, especially after her 18-month pediatric check-up. The parents truly believe in their daughter.

As the father reported:

“She has always shown us, more than anything, the propensity to explore her surroundings and to ask the question ‘Why?’” If she doesn’t know something, she wants to know what it is and how does it function, and once she learns it, she applies it.”

From the sounds of it, Kashe was a curious child who asked a lot of great questions, kind of like a scientist. The parents wanted what was best for Kashe, so they decided to have her IQ checked by a psychologist.

As the mother reported: 

“I think the biggest takeaway from us doing it was we wanted to make sure we were giving her everything she also needed, in terms of her development and natural curiosity and her disposition — and we wanted to make sure we did our part in making that happen for her. “
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Both parents have admitted that parenting such a wondrous and gifted child has been quite the learning experience for both of them. Both have had to become extremely aware of their own communication styles to help elevate their own daughter’s success.

They both believe that Kashe’s communication has shown major strides because of it. 

While Kashe is extremely gifted and talented (considering the high IQ), the parents want to operate in the best interests of the child. For example, both Devin and Sukhjit want to continue to encourage Kashe to interact with other kids her own age.

In the end, Sukhjit opened up the Modern Schoolhouse preschool in their own home. A dozen students just enrolled in the inaugural class. There are big plans and dreams to expand classes to a much larger facility. 

The mother had half-joked:

“While it’s too early to know if they have a future Jeopardy! champion in their midst, right now, the Quests’ focus is on making sure Kashe has a happy, well-adjusted childhood. “She’s a toddler at heart and we want to keep that beautifulness as long as we can.”

It’s great the parents are being smart about this. Any child, regardless of IQ, will need a lot of social support and friendships, especially with same-aged peers. From the sounds of it, this Los Angeles family is going to do just fine. 

As for the rest of Los Angeles, California, maybe there are many more children out there who are also incredibly intelligent too. If anything, we should do what we can to ensure that future generations are as smart and as happy as possible.

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