Forty-one members of the celebrated Buchholz High math team left Gainesville via bus Saturday night, bound for the National Mu Alpha Theta Championship in Washington, D.C.

Team members, supported by three coaches, will compete Monday through Thursday in hopes of winning Buchholz's 4th straight National Mu Alpha Theta title - which represents the national championship for high school math teams.

Two schools - Vestavia Hills High in Birmingham, Ala., and Stoneman Douglas High in South Florida - have previously won three national titles in a row, but Buchholz has the chance this week to become the first ever to win four straight.

Some 900 students will represent around 50 schools in this week's competition.

Of the 41 Buchholz team members, 19 will compete in the Theta division (geometry and algebra 2), 11 will vie in the Alpha division (precalculus) and 11 in the Mu division (calculus).

Buchholz seniors James Tan, Lucy Zhong, John Luand Mariya Toneva are competing to be a part of their fourth national math championship.

In April, the Buchholz team captured its record-tying 6th straight state championship by sweeping all three divisions and winning more than $5,000 in prize money, which helped fund this week's trip to D.C.