March 14 is a BIG day at Renert. We celebrate the Math and the Sciences. We celebrate Einstein’s birthday. And we go on a long an arduous quest in search for our new Pi King and Queen. In each of our 4 divisions we crown one of each, as well as a Duke of Pi and a Duchess of Pi, who are the runner-ups in each division.
What does it take to be the king or queen? SIMPLE! You come up to the math lab on the 2nd floor, knock on the door, have a seat, and recite Pi to as many digits as you can possibly remember it under the watchful eye of Dr. Vince and Master Aaron, as well as the rest of our math teachers. You get one go at it; a single mistake and you are stopped. The brave souls that end up in the hot seat compete not only for fame and the watchful eye of Dr. Vince and Master Aaron, as well as the rest of our math teachers. You get one go at it; a single mistake and you are stopped. The brave souls that end up in the hot seat compete not only for fame and glory, but also for the coveted prize money equal to the number of digits you remembered multiplied by Pi to the power of 2. In layperson’s terms: for every 10 digits you memorize Pi, you get $1, roughly (assuming you win, of course).
The entire event was taped and the highlights (and there were so many of them) will be projected the TV screen in the school foyer. We had over 70 contestants coming to try their luck. They came from far and near: tall and short, shy and flamboyant, of all ages and genders, all with great aspirations and dreams of immortality. Contestants were provided with an option of wearing boxing gloves while reciting Pi, if they so wished. After all, wrestling Pi to the ground is to a full contact sport.
And now (drumroll) for some of the highlights! The reigning KING of last year, Brian Kehrig, shattered his own record, and set the new Renert School record at a staggering 1,309 digits (YES, one thousand three hundred and nine). Just to give you an idea how difficult it is, the first 100 digits are:3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679
This superhuman display of brainpower (Brian power, really), landed the proud winner a big fat cheque for $130.
Among our youngest, our Division I students proved to be serious heavy hitters. Small but fierce, they fought each other to the finish line. It was a real nail-biter, but at the end Grade 2 Jeena emerged as the undisputed Pi Queen of Division I (and of the entire school) with 131 digits. The Dutchess of Pi is Grade 2 Lauren with 70(!) digits. Some SERIOUS girl power. Other Division I and II stars were: Miguel (61 digits), Anna O (55 digits), Yuva, Megan, Anna L, Luke, Aydin, Mya, Matteo, Ashna (8-way tie with 50 digits each), Pyotr (48 digits), Seiraj and Neva with 40 digits each.
We are so incredibly proud of all who partook in the Pi challenge, and we look forward to seeing you all again on March 14, 2018, at 3:14:15 sharp!
UPDATE – Pi Day
My main man Keeyan (Grade 4) came to visit me and remind me that I neglected to mention his name as the King of Pi for Division 2 with 100 (!!) digits memorized. Absolutely Keeyan, and my apologies. On his way out of my office Keeyan grabbed his fat cheque for $9.87 (Pi squared pennies for every digit memorized.)