Students Celebrate Pi

Math students gathered with their teachers to formally recognize Pi Day on Thursday, March 14.

Each year, on or as close to March 14 as possible, Parker math lovers enjoy lunch together and celebrate the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, equal to approximately 3.14159.

To open the gathering, teacher Ethan Levine read from Not A Wake, written in a constrained language called Pilish, wherein the words, taken in order, consist of the number of letters corresponding to the digits of Pi (hence the title, with the words numbering three, one and four letters). The book holds the record for the longest text written in Pilish, at 10,000 words. The opening quote reads as follows:
“Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees, drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.”

Levine then welcomed students to the front of the Harris Center, where they competed against each other to see who could recite the most digits of Pi from memory. This year, junior Logan Florsheim emerged as the clear winner by recalling 292 digits. The current Parker record goes back to 2018, when Abhi Goyal ’18 amazed all with 881 digits!

Parker congratulates Florsheim and thanks everyone who helped make this event possible.

Enjoy photos of the fun here.
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