LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A 6-year-old boy in Lake Worth has just become one of the newest members of Mensa, an organization for people with an I.Q. in the top two percentile.
In a classroom filled with gifted first graders at Wellington Preparatory School, Nikhil Ramprasad is eager to do math assignments. It is his favorite subject.
"Because there's a lot of fun ways to do it," he explained.
He has two bright sisters, one older and one younger. His parents realized early in Nikhil's life, however, that he was unique.
"He was speaking full sentences by a year old, but with detail and accuracy," explained his mother Julie Khanna.
When he started to speak, he started to ask questions.
"He will ask you with amazing seriousness, and then he won't be satisfied with your answer because he will grill you," his father, Dr. Ramprasad Gopalan, explained.
"He focuses on one thing, and he wants it done. And he has an amazing memory. Better not tell him that you're going to give him something because he will never forget it," Gopalan laughed.
At age three, Nikhil started to ask questions about religion and the meaning of life.
"Since God made them, you know, and other people came about, how come there's different cultures?" His elder sister, Lilli Khanna Ramprasad, recalled.
Lilli, who is in sixth grade, says Nikhil has always been interested in her math homework. She can barely start to explain a concept before he says he understands.
With such unique abilities showing so early in his life, Nikhil's parents had him tested by professionals to better understand his abilities. They wanted to make sure he was being properly challenged in school.
Nikhil does not remember the questions he was asked, as he was only 4-years old. He tested in the 99th percentile of I.Q.
To qualify for Mensa, an organization for people who are proven to be in the top two percentile, a person must be tested through Mensa or one of its approved tests. However, if a person is under the age of 14, they can submit testing scores by professionals under certain standards.
The youngest member of Mensa is 2-years old. The oldest is 102.
See more facts about members of Mensa here: http://www.us.mensa.org/AML/assets/File/AML/MediaKit/MensaPressKit-DEMOGRAPHICS.pdf
The questions are not typical math problems, they are more analytical. It is impossible to study for the test, as it requires logic and reasoning.
Try out a few sample questions here, written by Dr. Abbie F. Salny: http://www.us.mensa.org/AML/assets/File/AML/MediaKit/MensaPressKit-MINIQUIZ.pdf
His parents want the same things for Nikhil as they want for all of their three children: to be happy, healthy and rise to full potential. For Nikhil, of course, that means they want to keep him challenged in the proper way.
Nikhil says, for now, he wants to be an infectious disease doctor because he wants to help people.