3 students with whipped cream on their faces

Students paid for the opportunity to pie each other during the annual PHS Pi Day observance, held March 12 this year.

Panther Accolades: Pi Day

Posted March 23, 2020

Congratulations to these Plymouth High School students on their recent recognitions!

PHS Pi Day celebration helps others

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. Because March 14 fell on a weekend this year, PHS marked the occasion on Thursday March 12 by allowing students to make donations to pie each other in the face throughout the day.

Students also raised money by collecting pledges before writing 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.

The top five in 2020:
1.  Karlee Hartmann – 431 digits
2.  Kiara Smeltzer – 156 digits
3.  Tate Argall – 137 digits
4.  Silas Dailey and Sarah Welsch – each with 128 digits

The record was set in 2019 by Gabriel Kalleward with 1,050 digits. 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.

Altogether, about $2,500 was pledged during the event, which when collected will be donated to the families of students Anna Seifert and Isaiah Gravelle-Manning, who are battling cancer.

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