Two Buchholz High School seniors have been named the top math, science and technology students in Florida by the Siemens Foundation.
Alexander Sappington, 17, and Hansol Kang, 17, were notified recently that they had been selected. The school has had six winners since 2007.
The award, given by the Siemens Foundation, is bestowed on a male and female student in each state that has scored the most 5s on math, science and computer science Advanced Placement exams. Five is the highest score a student may receive.
Both students received the highest scores on seven out of eight possible tests and will each receive a $2,000 college scholarship.
Sappington and Kang both are members of the Buchholz math team.
Although some students see math as an unnecessary block to overcome before graduation, Kang said it starts with the basics.
"It's the way you look at math," she said. "If you look at it in a fun way and know the concepts, it becomes easy."
Kang was accepted to the California Institute of Technology, but isn't sure where she will attend college or what she will study.
Sappington started with math at a young age; his father, an economist, taught him arithmetic as a toddler.
As he got older, an elementary school teacher noticed that the gifted program wasn't challenging him, Sappington said. His father and the teacher worked with him to help him learn from more advanced books.
"To have guidance, that was so beneficial to me," he said.
Sappington was accepted early decision to Yale, but said he hasn't decided where to attend as of yet.
For many kids, it's mind over math, he said.
"Once you get past that mental block and look at it for what it is, it's easier to get your mind around math," he said.