US two-year-old genius accepted into elite high IQ society

Kashe Quest age 2
Kashe Quest age 2 Photo credit: Instagram @itsmejit

A two-year-old genius from the United States has been accepted into the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. 

Los Angeles born Kashe Quest has an IQ of 146, KTTV reports, while the average IQ is 98 in the US.

Quest is the youngest member of the American Mensa society, which has roughly 150,000 members in 100 countries and accepts individuals who score in the top 2 percent of the population. 

According to the Stanford-Binet test website, a score like Quest's above 145 is considered "genius or near-genius".

"We started to notice her memory was really great. She just picked up things really fast and she was really interested in learning," Quest's mother Sukhjit Athwal said.

"At about 17, 18 months, she had recognized all the alphabet, numbers, colours, and shapes."

Quest can already identify every state in the US by shape and location on the map, count to 100 and identify elements on the periodic table by their symbols. 

She is also starting to learn Spanish and sign language at the same time she is learning to read in English, according to the outlet. 

Athwal told KTTV her daughter is still a toddler and still acts like one in many ways. 

"She very much is still a normal two-year-old where we have negotiations, we have tantrums, we have everything."

However, Athwal said their situation is unique in many ways because they have to communicate with Quest differently due to her being able to understand "just a little bit more" than most people her age.

Athwal said it is important she lets Quest lead the way with her learning. 

"[We're] making sure she has a childhood and we don'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," said Athwal. 

Athwal said she struggled to find a preschool or daycare that would suit Quest's learning needs so decided to open up one herself.

She said she has a background working in education so decided it would be a good fit to open the school where she teaches 12 kids, including Quest. 

The youngest person to join Mensa International is UK-born Muhammed Haryz Nadzim, who was admitted into the elite society when he was two years and four months old, The Hill reported. 

Nadzim scored an IQ of 142 on the Stanford-Binet test.