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6-Year-Old Chandler Hughes Becomes One of the Youngest Members of Mensa

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by Paulina Isaac

January 4, 2024

Can you say baby genius?

Chandler Hughes is a child prodigy and, at six-years-old, is now one of the youngest members of Mensa, the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world. Mensa is a non-profit organization that is open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.

Hughes’ parents realized he was intellectually gifted at a young age. He was only 1 year and 9 months old when he learned how to read. Hughes continued to progress once he entered school.

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“He was in pre-kindergarten but finished on a second-grade reading level, second-grade math level,” his dad told NBC News. “He joins a special fraternity of people who are essentially geniuses.”

His dad continued, “Just working on the socializing factor, I think, for us is the next piece. He’s in a great environment where his teachers, his peers all support him. Just seeing how we can take this and increase literacy and math rates in our community, and for him to continue to succeed in life.”

Even at his young age, Hughes has plans to become a doctor. “A medical doctor, because I want to help people when they are sick,” he explained to NBC News.

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Cover photo: Chandler Hughes is interviewed by KPRC / KPRC

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