Written by Iris Ng (Class of 2021)
Photos by Thuy Nguyen (Class of 2022)
- Did you know that the symbol pi has been around for 250 years?
- Did you know that the longest recitation of pi is 70,000 decimal places, which took 10 hours?
- Did you know that pi is part of Egyptian mythology, and the pyramids are said to be built on the principles of pi?
Every year, Developing Virtue Girls’ School would host a Pi Recitation Competition to celebrate Pi Day in honor of π (approximately equal to 3.14), the symbol that is frequently used in math. Despite the familiarity of the 250-year-old symbol, students seldom explore the beauty of the infinite digits of pi derived by Archimedes and Euler.
On March 13, 2020, the students prepared the friendly match to see how many digits of pi the contestants could memorize within a minute. Rachel Blythe (Class of 2022) won with 386 digits of pi, Karen Liang (Class of 2022) was the runner-up with 313 digits, and Iris Ng (Class of 2021) came in third place with 51 digits. The students were not only able to celebrate Pi Day with fun and a challenge, but they also enjoyed delicious cherry pies later in the day.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pi Memorization Competition! Special thanks to Jin Jr Shr for sharing pie with the students!
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