PHS Pi Day celebration helps others


PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL math teacher Darren Munson “pies” a student during the school’s Pi Day celebration. — Submitted photo PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL math teacher Darren Munson “pies” a student during the school’s Pi Day celebration. — Submitted photo 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. PHS marked the occasion by allowing students to pay for the privilege of pie-ing teachers in the face during an assembly and each other throughout the day.

Staff members pied during the assembly were Associate Principal Andy Novak and teachers Allison Schwartz, Brad Smudde (standing in for John Lenz), Rommy Herrera, Amanda Smith, Beau Biller, Jennifer Biller and Jeremy Ross. Because more than $500 was donated for this activity, students and staff were able to witness the pie-ing of a mystery guest - Superintendent Carrie Dassow.

Altogether, the event raised more than $5,000, which will be donated to the family of PHS student Mitch Arnold, who is battling cancer (and who took fifth in the 2017 pi-memorization contest); the Jeff Petrie Scholarship Fund; Project Angel Hugs; and the Plymouth Food Pantry.

Students also raised money by collecting pledges for memorizing digits of pi, in which they wrote 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.

This year's winners were Gabriel Kalleward with 611 digits and Zach Stucke with 202 digits. They will have their names added to a plaque honoring annual pi champions. Ben Pierce holds the record at 1,001 digits, set in 2016, and also won in 2015 with 672 digits; Branden Steiner set the previous school record with 1,000 digits in 2013 and also won with 800 digits in 2012 and 680 in 2014; Jack Heginbottom had 608 in 2011; Keeley Kuru had 477 digits in 2017; and Jeff Roth had 420 in 2010.

The top five in 2018:

1. Gabriel Kalleward -
611

2. Zach Stucke - 202
3. Kalani Smith - 168

4. Reed Gahagan - 167
5. Ellie Staehling - 137


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