She's not even in kindergarten yet, but a
3-year-old Arizona girl has been accepted into an exclusive global society
known for its brain power.
With an IQ above 160, Alexis Martin, of
suburban Queen Creek, is now the youngest member in the Arizona chapter of
Mensa, a Phoenix television station reported.
Alexis, who reads at a fifth-grade level
and taught herself Spanish using her parents' iPad, qualified by scoring among
the top 2% of the general population on a standardized intelligence
test, her father said.
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Ian Martin told local ABC15 in an interview
that the family began noticing that something about their daughter was
different when she was just a year old.
"She would recite her bedtime story
from the night before," he told the station. "She didn't just recite
them, she recited them exactly."
Martin told ABC15 that Alexis, who started
reading at age 2, can be amazing with her special gift.
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"Anytime she learns a word and just
picks it up through anything, she never ever uses it in the incorrect
context," he said.
Martin could not be reached for comment by
Alexis is one of 3 300 Mensa members under
the age of 18 in the US, with another 56 000 adults belonging to the group
nationwide, a spokeswoman for the organisation said.
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