Pi Day 2013

F-M High School celebrates Pi Day


Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently celebrated Pi Day with contests, songs and a student version of the popular game show “Family Feud.”

Pi Day, held annually on March 14, or 3-14, is celebrated by mathematicians around the world because the date approximates the digits of pi (3.14159…). The Greek letter pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, and it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern, according to the Pi Day website.

The Fayetteville-Manlius High School Math Department sponsored several events in honor of “Pi Day.”

To build up excitement for the day, the department sponsored a t-shirt design contest. Senior Gina Rhee and junior Kaitlyn Franey won the contest, and each received a free t-shirt. Proceeds from a t-shirt sale benefitted Camp Good Days and Special Times.

On Pi Day, students took part in a pi digit memorization contest, songs about pi, a Rubik’s Cube contest and “Family Feud.”

Students participating in the pi digit memorization contest were freshmen Avery Dibble and Hannah Fishman; sophomores Zach Bernstein, Jason Liu, John Paliakkara, Josh Schaeffer and Abby Swanson; juniors Anna Hrbac and Hannah Kraus; and seniors Nick Licitra, Adam Phipps-Swanson and JP Quinn.

The winner of the first preliminary round was Nick Licitra, who was able to write 540 digits of pi correctly in about five minutes. The winner of the second preliminary round was Hannah Fishman, who wrote 700 digits of pi. In the final round, Nick and Hannah went head-to-head in a verbal contest, taking turns saying one digit of pi until someone made a mistake.

Hannah was ultimately crowned the Pi Digit Champ. Her name will be engraved on a Pi Day trophy, which will be on display in the math wing. The top 10 participants were awarded pi-themed pencils and gift certificates for free “pizza pi” donated by Mark's Pizzeria, Nice N Easy and Pizza Hut.

Students participating in the Rubik’s Cube contest were freshmen Max Benman, George Dise, Jake Sidd and Andrew Sopchak; sophomores Dan McHale and Casey Matto; juniors Caroline Tangoren, Thomas Wong and Zheng Zhu; and seniors Sam Alderman, Adam Jackson and Colby Tresness.

Adam Jackson and Sam Alderman made it to the final round, and Adam was the Rubik’s Cube Champ. He was awarded a pizza gift certificate and a pi-themed puzzle.

Student groups opened the festivities by performing original pi-themed songs and dances. To participate, students auditioned in February in an “American Pi-Dol” competition. Student performers were juniors Lexi Dominy, Laurin Goldberg and Julia Perla; and seniors Amy Butcher, Samantha Forbes, LeAnn Smith, Eric Veator and Angela Yeung.

The math department would like to thank the following for making the Pi Day festivities a success:

  • Everyone who bought a Pi Day t-shirt and helped raise money for Camp Good Days;

  • The entire Math Department, for organizing and publicizing the events;

  • The BroJo classes, for promoting Pi Day with morning news features;

  • The staff and student audio-visual team and stage crew;

  • Student musicians, for performing the opening numbers;

  • Mark's Pizzeria, Nice N Easy and Pizza Hut for donating prizes; and

  • All faculty members who allowed their students to miss class and attend the Pi Day assembly.

Last year’s Digit Memorization Contest Champion Hannah Kraus is judged by teacher Sonja Bailey.

Teacher Chris Alvarez hosts “FM Feud.”

Freshman Hannah Fishman was the winner of the Digit Memorization Contest.

Student musical group “Seoul Train” sang and danced to an original song about Pi. Pictured are Amy Butcher, Eric Veator, Angela Yeung, Samantha Forbes and LeAnn Smith.

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