'Pi Day' celebrated by area students
Area math students celebrated Pi Day with a lot of circles Thursday.
Pi is the unending mathematical constant that begins 3.14. Thus, March 14 is the day for mathematical partying.
"Math nerds don't get to celebrate much, so this is our day," said Dickson math teacher Rebecca Welch.
At Plainview Middle School, Pi Day is an annual celebration, as long as it doesn't fall during spring break.
"In math, we don't get to do a lot, but on Pi Day, we have a big math party," said Brook Parker, Plainview pre-algebra teacher.
Plainview eighth-grade students competed to memorize the most digits of pi, with two students remembering over 100 digits.
Jacob Johnson memorized 135 digits.
"The reason I could do that was I used numbers as checkpoints and memorized that part, then did more," he said. "I just really like thinking challenges." Kelsey Smith memorized 127 digits.
"I like winning. I was sad at first, but I'm happy for Jacob," she said.
Plainview students also ate oatmeal crème pies and shared pi-related facts, including that Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day.
At Dickson High School, C lub Infinity used it as an opportunity to fundraise for their new organization. Students were able to throw pies at the faces of their math teachers.
"It's one moment of justice for all the homework," joked junior Cody Flowers.
In class, students wrote stories in which each word had as many letters as the next digit of pi. For example, "Man I love a towel" represented 3.1415.
"A lot of them didn't make sense because it was hard to think of words with the right number of letters," said junior Andrea Larson.
Students also ate round foods, including Oreos, pies, meatballs, round tortilla chips and brownies cut into circles.