A student at Boyle County Middle School has math teachers scrambling to keep up. They are constantly challenged to find advanced math classes difficult enough for eighth-grader math whiz Casey Henson.
In elementary school, he skipped second-grade math, fifth- and sixth-grade math as well. While still in middle school, Henson has tackled algebra and is currently enrolled in a junior-level honors geometry class. He is also holding $6,500 in scholarship money, awarded for top placements at major math competitions across the state.
"It will be a lot easier, going to college," Henson said of his scholarships.
His latest achievement was taking first place at a MathCounts competition in Frankfort.
"It pretty much comes naturally," said Henson. "...I was pretty good with math in elementary school, early on."
Good genes, attributes his mother, but also great teachers and a wonderful dedication to learning.
"Always, always, academics have been No. 1 ... he's always been challenged. They (teachers) challenge him every year," said his mother, Carla Metz.