2012-03-29 / Schools

Student memorizes 1,116 digits of pi


PI-RIFIC!—Seventh-grader Andy Reddy of Sycamore Canyon School blew the competition away by memorizing and transcribing an incredible 1,116 digits of pi, the non-repeating mathematical constant, during Pi Day festivities at the school on March 14. PI-RIFIC!—Seventh-grader Andy Reddy of Sycamore Canyon School blew the competition away by memorizing and transcribing an incredible 1,116 digits of pi, the non-repeating mathematical constant, during Pi Day festivities at the school on March 14. Andy Reddy, a seventhgrader at Sycamore Canyon School in Newbury Park, set a school record earlier this month by memorizing and transcribing 1,116 digits of pi during the school’s annual Pi Day rally on March 14.

The school’s previous record was 404.

Pi Day, an unofficial holiday that pays homage to the mathematical constant pi—and math in general—is celebrated on March 14 because the date represents the figure’s first three digits: 3.14. Pi, which has an infinite number of digits, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Andy, who takes eighth-grade math classes, took only two hours to memorize the numbers, according to his math teacher, Malinda Young, who was blown away by his accomplishment.

“He’s an overachiever,” Young said of Andy. “He’s inquisitive, a hard worker and very smart.”

The top three memorizers from each grade level at the Newbury Park school got to participate in the contest.

The 12- year- old, who skipped first grade, says his strategy was to find patterns in the numbers.

“Math is a good subject for me,” he said humbly. “I just like dealing with numbers.”

Maria Reddy, Andy’s mother, said her son is a well-rounded student. She called his Pi Day exploits “amazing.”

“We’re very happy for him. I’m really blessed,” she said.

Stephanie Sumell

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