Mensa welcomes 5-year-old member

Oct. 28, 2007 at 5:57 PM
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DALLAS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The family of 5-year-old Mason Flood always knew he was smart, but when they approached the Mensa group they never thought he would soon become a U.S. member.

Mason's father, Marc Flood, said that when his family met with officials from the international association for highly intelligent individuals, they didn't think the organization even accepted children, the Dallas Morning News reported Sunday.

"When we approached Mensa, our original intent was not necessarily to put him in the organization," the elder Flood said. "We didn't even know that they took children. It was more just to ask questions and find out what should we be doing, if anything, for him."

Yet Mensa accepted Mason as its newest member and now the 5-year-old has become the group's sixth youngest U.S. member.

The newspaper said that to even apply for Mensa membership, a person must test into the top 2 percent on a standardized intelligence test.

But even that remarkable accomplishment does not ensure membership as the group only accepts a small fraction of applicants, making Mason's membership even more remarkable.

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