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Hornchurch girl scores among top IQ marks in Mensa test

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 May 2016

Roxana received plaque certifying her IQ results from the mayor

Roxana received plaque certifying her IQ results from the mayor

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An 11-year-old girl has been awarded membership to an exclusive society, reserved for people with the highest IQs in the country.

Roxana Attack, of Hornchurch, took the challenging Mensa test – with no preparation – after passing entry exams for Southend High School for Girls, a grammar school, which she will be joining in September.

She scored 152 out of 160 and has joined the two per cent of people in the UK with an IQ higher than 130. And she is not far off world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking’s score of 160.

The results have made Roxana an official Mensa member, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world.

Roxana decided to take the tests after her brother Max, 15, was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago.

His condition is now stable but he had to spent a lot of time in hospital.

Their mother Annalisa told the Recorder she was “thrilled” about her daughter’s achievements.

“The school told us she was really gifted and talented and she should try the grammar school tests.”

Annalisa admitted she was not expecting Roxana to pass the tests.

“Max’s illness takes us a lot of time and stress but Roxana just got on with her studies and really achieved. It’s just one of the ways she is coping and getting on the best she can.

“I feel bad that I haven’t given her all the help and support she needs but I have had no chance. She did it all herself.”

Roxana is a pupil at Hylands Primary School, Granger Way, Romford. Besides her passion for maths, she is also a keen horse-rider and has no particular plans yet for her future.

She received her certificate of membership to Mensa from the new Havering mayor Cllr Philippa Crowder during school assembly on Monday.

Her mother said she was delighted to receive the Mensa plaque.

Her membership to Mensa will enable Roxana to attend the society’s events and use its facilities.

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