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North Harrison students attempt world record on Pi Day

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Students were gathered, appropriately enough, in a circle as they tried for a world record. Students were gathered, appropriately enough, in a circle as they tried for a world record.
This girl held the first digit  in Pi, the numeral 3. This girl held the first digit in Pi, the numeral 3.

RAMSEY, IN (WAVE) - While most kids have a slice of pie at the end of math class on Pi day, March 14 or 3/14, students at North Harrison High School dedicated a whole day to the mathematical Pi and history.

Pi is the name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. The first three digits of Pi are 3.14, but the digits continue, stretching for infinity.

The students tried to set a Guinness world record for holding as many digits in Pi as possible, starting, of course, with 3.14.

"I guess it's our whole student body, which is about 700, to hold up the numbers in order to set some kind of record," said student Jessica Richards.

Jeremy Shireman teaches AP Calculus. It was his idea to do several different projects honoring Pi.

"We checked on the Guinness website there was no record of this being done before, so we submitted paperwork to them," Shireman said.

He broke his AP class into groups, had them research different topics of Pi and all this week tell the school about it during the morning announcements.

"A lot of groups did history on Pi, how they came up with the number, how it got developed," Shireman said. "Each society through history had their own approximations of Pi."

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