Students raised money for scholarships with a math party fundraiser for Pi Day. March 14 was Pi Day, an observance of the math concepts that allows for the calculations of circles. Pi is a number that is typically rounded to 3.14.
The students at Norman High School celebrated by selling pies to fund Mu Alpha Theta scholarships. “It’s a math party. Over the past five years, we’ve raised $800 to $1,000,” said NHS math teacher and Pi Day organizer Julie Klingensmith. “They range from $250 to $500 scholarships, depending on how much we raise and the applications. This is my 12th year at Norman High and they were celebrating Pi Day with this scholarship fundraiser even before that.”
This year’s efforts raised $900. Students participated in a contest, to recite as many digits as they could of the number. Freshman Cole Schaffer-Rae won the contest by memorizing with 149 digits. Second place went to freshman Abbey Wheeler with 126 digits memorized.
Pi is represented by the Greek letter π, which is a symbol used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Students sold pies, as well as pi themed t shirts.