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MENSA PEOPLE - John makes his mark in martial arts

Mensan John Foster wasn’t the highest achiever at school – but his non-academic interests and activities have seen him more than stand out from the crowd. John, 25, from Worcester, is a Third Dan Black Belt in the Olympic discipline of Tae Kwon Do – and is shortly planning to take a black belt grading in the Japanese samurai art of Kenjutsu. He also studies the Korean sword art of Haidong Gumdo, and has previous experience in Karate, boxing, Aikido, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do...

Mensan Dorothy is an MBE

Congratulations to Mensa member Dorothy Gunnee, who has received her MBE from Prince Charles in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Dorothy was awarded the honour in the New Year Honours List for services to community music and young people in Glasgow. She received the award from the Prince of Wales last week, May 15, and described the occasion as a "wonderful experience". Dorothy is honorary president of East Glasgow Music School, of which she was director for 26 years. She has...

MENSA PEOPLE - Christa's rocking all over the Midlands!

Musical Mensan Christa Hugo spends her days in the serene world of classical music and ballet – but by night, she’s ready to rock! Christa is a part-time ballet pianist and keyboard teacher - but, four evenings a week, she lets her hair down to lead a group of enthusiastic amateur singers in Rock Choir, a nationwide movement which has seen fun, friendly choirs spring up in more than 300 towns and cities. Christa said: “Up until three years ago, as a music graduate and qualified music teacher, I...

Irish Mensa in Vogue for celebrity presenter

Pictured: Back: Ben Kleppmann, David Power, Rupesh Mahandru; front: Mabel Gargan, Kirsten Dottermusch, Vogue Williams, Paul McKinley Irish Mensa members have been rubbing shoulders with celebrities while helping out with a new television documentary. When RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster, decided to commission a programme about high IQ, schools and education, the producers turned to Mensa for help. As well as dropping in on a Mensa event in Dublin, presenter Vogue Williams and producer...

MENSA PEOPLE - Swimmer Scarlett makes a splash

Rising swimming star Scarlett Morine is starting to make a splash in the pool, but she has no intention of becoming the next Fran Halsall or Rebecca Adlington. Instead, the 12-year-old Mensa member from Essex intends to combine her love of water with her passion for animals - and become a marine biologist. “I hope to carry on swimming all through A Levels and through university but I have never wanted to be “a swimmer”,” she said. “I’ve always loved swimming and I know I am going to still do it...

Ramarni stars on The One Show

Young Mensa member Ramarni Wilfred took centre stage on the BBC primetime programme The One Show last night as part of a feature about gifted children. The segment was prompted by the new British film X+Y, which stars One Show guest Rafe Spall as a maths teacher dealing with an autistic "mathlete", Nathan, during an International Maths Olympiad. Mensa also supplied a series of puzzles to the One Show, two of which were left on the screen for viewers to tackle. Ramarni then revealed the answers...

Schools failing to support the most able pupils - Ofsted

A report from Ofsted released today claims that many state secondary schools are not supporting their most able pupils to reach their full potential. Bright children who feel bored and unchallenged at school can "switch off" from the education process and fail to achieve what they are capable of. Mensa's gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall is talking about this subject on BBC Radio Leicester this morning, and our friends at Potential Plus UK have expressed "disappointment" with the situation...

Joe makes all the right Connections!

A student from Swansea made all the right connections when he won a Mensa challenge at his university. British Mensa ran a Connections Challenge promotion at Fulton House, Swansea University, to highlight the benefits of joining the international organisation for those with a high IQ. The winner of the competition was first year business management student Joe Paish, pictured with Mensa Cymru publicity officer Jackie Lyndon. Joe said he would be challenging his housemates to play the Mensa...

Joy and heartache of 'miracle babies'

Matt and Angela Goodman were looking forward to the birth of their twin babies – until things went wrong. KATY HARRINGTON tells their moving story When Matt and Angela Goodman discovered they were to be parents they were naturally thrilled. It seemed like the perfect next step in what had been a perfect love story. The couple met at King’s College, London, where Matt, originally from Epsom, and Angela, from West Sussex, were studying. They married in August 2010 and last year Angela was...

A manifesto for gifted children

A manifesto for the needs of the country's most able children is calling on government to give more support to high potential learners. Potential Plus UK's campaign - Raise the Bar and Mind the Gap - argues that supporting the most able to reach their potential is the fair way to improve standards, bring economic value and improve social mobility. The document says: "This manifesto offers practical, workable solutions for our education system. These are no more onerous than the support provided...

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