Taylor County Middle School students celebrate their love of Pi

GRAFTON—Students at Taylor County Middle School celebrated “Pi Day” on Tuesday.

Eighth grade students at the school celebrated 3/14, commonly referred to as Pi Day, by memorizing  the mathematical constant π, which is often rounded to 3.14.

However, the exact number for pi, the measurement of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, according to www.piday.org.

During the day, the students decorated t-shirts and made necklaces, as well as, had mini pies to celebrate their hard work.

Students were put to the test during a Pi Day Memorization Contest, in which they were challenged to recite the most digits of pi.

According to the website, while only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

The following students were winners of the contest, first place was snagged by Ariana Mooney, who memorized 180 digits. Kasey Rush came in a close second, remembering 161 digits. Sierra Hawkenberry recited 120 digits, landing her in the third-place slot.

In addition, Kadie Dunham was able to recall 101 digits, while Adrianna Wildman closely followed with 100.

Rush commented that it took her about a week to memorize the 161 digits she recited.

The winning students received certificates and ribbons for their hard work and dedication.

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