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Practice makes perfect - SEB student scores 800 on SAT math, twice
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Casey Woodrum is shown in one of his classes at Southeast Bulloch High School. Woodrum has won several math competitions in his high school career and recently scored 800 on his Math SAT for the second time. - photo by ROGER ALLEN/special
    Southeast Bulloch High School senior David Casey Woodrum loves math. He also likes a challenge. So, after woodrum scored a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT using a calculator during his junior year, he took the test again in his senior year without using a calculator.
    And, not surprisingly to his teachers, Woodrum scored another perfect 800.
    Woodrum’s teachers say he is on another level when it comes to his abilities in mathematics. Susan Boddiford, who’s been teaching math for 21 years, taught Woodrum Trigonometry, Calculus 1 and Advanced Placement Statistics.
    “He is the most exceptional math student I have ever taught…in fact, the biggest challenge I have had in my teaching career is to consistently find ways to keep Casey challenged.”
    Another of Woodrum’s math teachers, Iris Meek, offered similar praise: “Casey is a phenomenal student. Casey understands the problem before you even finish your sentence, and immediately sees the abstract concept and is able to further extend that concept with little or no assistance.”
    Woodrum tried to explain his gift for mathematics: “I just like learning the next new thing in math…knowing how relationships work…I like thinking of things in an abstract way and then applying what I’ve learned to real life.”
    Woodrum also wears other hats: He plays catcher for the SEB baseball; and he is a member of the SEB Beta Club and the National High School Honor Society.
    Woodrum attends classes at Georgia Southern University. He has taken Calculus 2 and 3 there, and is currently enrolled in Differential Equations (Calculus 4) and Physics.
    Woodrum also takes part in numerous high school math competitions. In his freshman and sophomore years at SEB, Woodrum won the first place overall award in the Georgia State Championships at the junior varsity level.
    In his junior year, he won first place overall in the varsity competition at the Georgia Southern University Annual Invitational Math Tournament, beating out some 700 other math students. The 2008 competition will be held in several weeks.
    In competitions so far this year, Woodrum has taken home top individual awards at the Armstrong Atlantic University, Mercer University and Georgia Institute of Technology regional math competitions.
    Woodrum said he hopes to attend either Georgia Tech or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In order to apply to his choices of college, Casey took the very difficult SAT-2 Math test, on which he scored another perfect 800.
    The College Board reports the national SAT average for seniors was 1521, and that that high school seniors with straight A+’s on their report cards scored an average of 1819. David’s overall SAT score was 2190.
    Woodrum has ambitious plans for his future.
    “I would like to take what others have done and make their ideas and inventions even more efficient and devise more practical applications for them,” he said.
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