Vanya Shivashankar from "Child Genius" is one of the contestants featured in the Lifetime reality competition series. She is twelve years old and lives in Olathe, Kansas. Her mother is Mirle Shivashankar, Consulting IT Manager & Quality Assurance Control, while her father is Sandy Shivashankar, Consulting IT Manager.

Vanya Shivashankar is a loveable little chatterbox with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. She has been an aggressive reader and speller since the age of five. Her personal collective of novels expands more than 200 novels, reading each at least four times. Her sister, who is was the 2009 Scripps champion, is her idol, who she looks up to.

Having participated in hundreds of competitions over the years, Vanya has a firm grasp on what it takes to win! She is on a personal mission to win…so bring it!

Her goal is to become a cardiac surgeon. Her interests include singing, piano, bike riding, swimming, brain games and playing with her dog.


Where does she live? Find out here.

Age: ∼14 years old
Hometown: Olathe, KS
Current Residence: Olathe, KS

'Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest' Season 2: Meet the Contestants — Premiering January 7, the sophomore season of the Lifetime reality competition series tests the nation's brightest young minds on their knowledge in categories such as math, spelling, geography, and current events. Read more...
'Child Genius' Tests Best Young American Minds — In cooperation with MENSA and based on the popular UK series, the new Lifetime reality competition follows America's most gifted kids as they face off in the inaugural annual national intelligence showdown. Read more...

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