Quad Siblings Share Smarts

N. Texas high schoolers first quads in Mensa

By Bruce Felps
|  Saturday, Jan 22, 2011  |  Updated 5:30 PM CDT
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Quad Siblings Share Smarts

Cowley Mensa members.

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by Bruce Felps

Dinner at the Crowley home in Wylie, Texas, probably resembles a Mensa meeting.

That’s because four members of the Crowley family belong to the high-IQ club, which makes the family rare enough.

The fact that the four family members also happen to be 17-year-old quadruplets who qualify for Mensa membership pushes them off the rare chart and into the unique zone.

“To our knowledge, there aren't any other sets of quadruplets that have been accepted into the organization,” Mensa marketing assistant Monica Hatley wrote in an e-mail message.

Don’t think these are Poindexter kids hanging in a lab building molecular models of their own DNA to create a super-race of Crowlians or calculating the proof of string theory quantum physics or other smart stuff as depicted in a certain television show. Then again, they’re not your average teenagers sitting slack-jawed on a couch playing Wii.

All four — Alanna, Moria, Patrick, and Thomas — participate together in Boy Scout Venturing Crew, Tae Kwon Do, and raising and training service dogs for The Seeing Eye and Canine Companions for Independence organizations.

So, yeah, that change in barometric pressure you feel comes from their parents swelling up with pride.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He was this close to joining Mensa. Then they tested him.

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