With a name like hers we shouldn’t expect any less. Kashe Quest may look like your typical 2 year old, but this child wonder has earned her name being written in the world’s record books. She can name all of the elements on the periodic table, identify all 50 states within the USA by shape and location, learn Spanish and decipher patterns, according to her parents. A Los Angeles Native, Kashe was accepted into Mensa, a club only for those with the highest IQ (Intelligence Quotient) scores. She is now it’s youngest American member among 130,000 members worldwide.
(Mensa’s requirement for membership is a score at or above the 98th percentile on certain standardised IQ or other approved intelligence tests, such as the Stanford–Binet Intelligence Scales. The minimum accepted score on the Stanford–Binet is 132, while for the Cattell it is 148.)
Kashe Quest was born in 2019 to Sukhjit Athwal and Devon Quest. Athwal is of Indian heritage and Devon is African American. Devon is a UCLA School of Law magna cum laude graduate. She may not be your ordinary 2 year old, but her parents are on a mission to ensure that she experiences all the joys of childhood without being separated from a child – structured environment. Sukhjit, who is a trained educator, created her own pre-school called Modern School House. Here, Kashe will be able to interact with children her age, all while learning at her own pace.
At a tender 18 months, her parents confirmed the advanced mind power of their child during a routine visit to the pediatrician. Once Kashe’s parents revealed their daughter’s skills, the doctor advised them to consult a psychologist, who confirmed her sky-high intelligence by administering a Mensa test.
Sukhjit and Devon have taken the role of parenting Kashe quite seriously, and effectively communicating with their daughter is of high importance to them. They often shower her with words of reassurance whenever she gets frustrated doing a task. Kashe reciprocates by offering her own words of encouragement. “If she sees me trying to open a jar of pickles, she’ll come over and say, Dad I’m so proud of you!”
Both parents admit that they have a huge responsibility on their hands raising Kashe. “She will wake up on a Saturday and say, ‘I want to do elements,’ or ‘I want to do states.’ However, this is a proud moment for them and they are more than willing to support her growth.
Fun Fact: Albert Einsten’s IQ is commonly cited as being 160, but that’s just an estimate; it’s unlikely that he ever took an IQ test during his lifetime. See 35 People with Higher IQs Than Einstein.