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Posted March 18, 2019
Plymouth High School recently celebrated Pi Day, having fun and helping others while honoring a key mathematical concept.
Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14 since the decimal approximation of pi begins 3.14. PHS marked the occasion by allowing students to make donations to pie teachers in the face during an assembly and each other throughout the day.
Staff members pied during the assembly were Associate Principal Andy Novak and teachers John Lenz, Colleen Schulz, Ryan Krippendorf, Beth Wiese, Erik West, and Heaven Elliott.
Altogether, the event raised close to $4,000 which will be donated to the family of PHS student Isaiah Gravelle-Manning, who is battling cancer; the Jeff Petrie Scholarship Fund; Project Angel Hugs; and the Plymouth Food Pantry.
Students also raised money by collecting pledges for memorizing digits of pi, in which they wrote down as many digits of pi as they could remember. Most students memorize 10 to 40 digits of pi, which goes on infinitely without repeating.
This year's winner was Gabriel Kalleward with 1,050 digits, a new school record. Ben Pierce had set the previous record at 1,001 digits in 2016, and also won in 2015 with 672 digits; Branden Steiner hit 1,000 digits in 2013 and also won with 800 digits in 2012 and 680 in 2014.
The top five in 2019:
1. Gabriel Kalleward: 1,050 digits
2. Grace Olsen: 200 digits
3. Karlee Hartmann: 178 digits
4. Katherine Rauscher: 135 digits
5. Austin Schwartz: 133 digits
• Check out the Community Engagement section of our District Report Card to learn more about the many ways our students give back to the community.