Rhea, brainiest child in UK
London: Ten-year-old girl of Indian-origin crowned the brainiest child in Britain in a nail-biting finish that saw the private school student from London spelling a word that many would not have even heard of.
Rhea, whose surname has not been revealed, correctly spelled the word ‘eleemosynary,’ meaning of, relating to, or dependent on charity, to claim the title of “Child Genius,” after almost a month of rigorous rounds of tough questions.
Rhea, who moved to the UK with her family from the US six years ago, is the daughter of Anish, a pharmaceutical company executive, and Sonal, an obstetrician.
Rhea shot ahead in the final round of ‘Child Genius 2016’ on Channel 4 with six correct answers and then drew equal on nine points with her opponent Saffy, as they entered the final head-to-head question round.
“It’s meant getting up early, going to sleep late, studying. It just feels really, really great,” Rhea said after her win.
Her mother Sonal, who gave up her job as an obstetrician to be with Rhea and her eight-year-old brother Rohan, had intervened during the quiz show to contest an answer that Rhea gave, but which was deemed incorrect.
She was questioned on the role of Florence Nightingale in military and healthcare reform during her specialist subject round.
Independent adjudicator Olivia van der Werff agreed the question had been too general and accepted Rhea’s answer of Dr. Duncan Menzies to the question:
“To which medical officer did Florence Nightingale report to in the Crimea?”
It meant that Rhea avoided a tie-break with Birmingham-born Stephen, who was ranked third, with Saffy and Rhea securing their place in the finals.
The quiz show is hosted by Richard Osman, who described this year’s show as “the greatest final in the history of Child Genius.”
Rhea wants to go to Oxford or Cambridge and become a doctor.
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