Mensa Welcomes 4-year-old Genius, Heidi Hankins
With an IQ rivaling Einstein’s, 4-year-old Heidi Hankins has recently been accepted into Mensa, even before she started school.
Since she was born, Heidi has started enunciating and making noises in an attempt to talk. By the time she reached one, she had a vocabulary similar to an older toddler’s. And by the time she was two, Heidi could already add, subtract, draw figures, write sentences, and read books meant for 7-year-olds.
When she started preschool, her parents and teachers were shocked by her level of math, reading, and comprehension. “We always thought Heidi was bright because she was reading early,” a University of Southampton public health lecturer explained. “I was curious about her IQ and the results were off the scale.”
While the average score for an adult is 100 and a “gifted” individual is 130, Heidi scored an amazing 159. That’s just one point shy of Albert Einstein and Big Bang scientist Stephen Hawking (who both scored 160).
“Heidi’s parents correctly identified that she shows great potential,” explains John Stevenage, CEO of British Mensa. “We wish them well and are pleased that they have chosen to join the Mensa network for support.”
The International Business Times reports that Oscar Wrigley was the youngest person to join Mensa at age 2 with an IQ of 160.
Heidi’s dad, Matthew Hankins explains that despite her intelligence, his daughter is still very much like other kids. “She is not precocious, she is just a little girl who likes her Barbies and Lego but then you will find her sitting down and reading a book.”
The parents hope she can now skip a school year to ensure she is challenged. With her fast-developing intelligence, I think she can skip much more than just a year level.