BONIFAY — To 11-year-old Mikey Swartz, Math is as easy as breathing and comes just as naturally.
Swartz, a fourth-grader at Bonifay Elementary School, has recently received a perfect 5 on his FCAT.
“Math is the easiest subject in all of the whole school,” said Swartz. “25 percent is because of my family and 75 percent is because I helped myself.”
Swartz said that when he grows up he wants to be in the Army to “ride some tanks.”
“School’s harder for him because of his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” said his father, Michael Swartz. “His mind moves faster then he can speak. A big problem is focusing; even the slightest thing as a fly buzzing in a room can distract him.”
Michael Swartz said that his son has taken massive steps in slowly overcoming these deficiencies to function properly and that these recent achievements have helped his son gain confidence to continue striving forward.
“I think it shows him what he can do when he applies himself,” said his dad. “First he won first place in this year’s science fair and now a perfect score in Math in FCAT. I think this is a super way to end his fourth grade career.”
Michael Swartz also wanted to give credit to his teachers for their extra time and attention in helping his son.
“He is a super star in Math with a deep desire to problem solve,” said his teacher, Heather Rich. “He’s very inquisitive with a unique way of solving math problems. He’s done a wonderful job and I am so very proud of him.”