Soccer, sailing and Rubik's Cubes are just a few things where 12-year-old Jacob Rosenberg has discovered he can use math to gain the advantage.
Angles help him shoot better, calculating opponents' scores during a sailing match lets him decide his next move, and the Rubik's Cube is just a bunch of different algorithms, he said.
"[Math] kind of just comes naturally now," he said.
Jacob is in Mesa View Middle School's Gifted and Talented Program. The Ocean View School District's magnet school offers students accelerated classes in sixth to eighth grade.
In Jacob's math class, teacher Lorie Kooken teaches the sixth-grade students seventh-grade math. It was in that class that Jacob placed first in the nation in an online, timed math competition, Educontest.
"He's so gifted. I've never seen anything like it," said Kooken, who also has Jacob for science.
The students take the 30-minute test four times a year, and the top three highest scores are counted.