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NCEMS Holds Annual Pi Day

By: Ellie Mady and Katelynn Scott

March 27, 2017

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    On Tuesday, March 14, the Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School held their annual Pi Day celebration. The busy day consisted of baking pies, painting faces, playing games, and having an assembly. Middle schoolers went down to the cafeteria to bake pies with the grandmothers who had given their day up to be there and help.

 

    For the past few weeks leading up to pie day, students and staff had been bringing in pie filling to be baked. The goal was to collect 314 pie cans. Anyone who brought in pie filling got their name entered in a drawing. The names would be drawn at the assembly later that day. Those who got their names drawn would get to pie one of the eighth grade candidates.

 

    One fundraiser that the middle school does is baking pies. Parents, students, community members, and staff can order pies for $8 and pick them up on Pi Day. The money raised will be donated to the Team Schnack Foundation. Every year, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades invite their grandmothers to help them bake pies. This year, 29 grandmothers were able to come and help bake. The middle schoolers baked apple, cherry, blueberry, and peach pies. They produced around 300 pies in a few short hours.

    

    Throughout the day, the students participated in various Pi Day activities. The activities included bubbles, bracelets, scavenger hunts, skits, geometric shapes, face paint, and much more. While the activities were going on, the seventh graders were making videos that gave interesting facts about Pi Day and the history of it. Once all the pies were baked and all of the activities had been finished the assembly began. In the beginning of the assembly the videos the seventh grade class had made were played.

 

    Another favorite part of Pi Day was the digit contest. During Pi Day, one of the activities that the entire school participates in is memorizing the Pi digits. Each student memorizes as many as they can and then they write down what they can remember. There are two winners in every class and they were recognized next at the assembly. In kindergarten, Mrs. Hajek’s class, Hudson Kuckelman won with a total of 25. Anna Jost was second with a total of 14. In Mrs. Jones’ class Karla Deters won with 6, and Jayla Nolte followed closely with 4. In 1st grade, Mrs. Burdiek’s class had a couple of ties. Kennedy Carlson won with 25 digits. Bella Bittenbender, Alexsys Lewis, and Clare Wullschleger all tied for second place with a total of 7. In Mrs. Meyer’s class, Kennedy McKee won with a total of 35 digits. Cole Ranieri won second place with 16. Mrs. Haug’s class had two boys. Carter Stallbaumer had a total of 25, and Landon Mady had a total of 10 digits. In second grade, Mrs. Helm had two winners. Tyler Nolte won with 39, and following closely behind was Kamden Alexander with 26 total. In Mrs. Holthaus’ class, Antonella Cano won with a total of 61 digits! Second place was Emma Hermesh with a total of 30. In Mrs. McKernan’s class, there was only one winner. Isaac Heinen had a total of 7. In third grade, Mrs. Becker’s class, Kathryn Yunghans won with 52. Behind her in second was Jack Macke with 39. In Mrs. Larkin’s class, Ali Lueger won with 75 digits! Behind her was Kailey Mady with a total of 35. In fourth grade, Mrs. Reinecke had Collin Jost with 86, and Dayton Nelson with 54. In Mrs. Koch’s class, in first place was Kaden Peterson with a total of 99 digits memorized! In second place was Madi Mosteller with 19. In fifth grade, Mr. Hiltgen had Anna Hermesch with a total of 66 digits, with Madilynn Scott following closely behind with 50 digits. Mrs. Schmitz’s class had Kylee Sperfslage with 56, and Samantha Holthaus with 29. Winners of the 6A class were Lilly Schultejans with a total of 60. Behind her was John Siess with 31 digits. In 6B, Kyndall Sextro finished first with 40, and Elena Gonzalez had 35. Winners of the 7A class were Taryn Ganstrom with 50 and Katelynn Scott with 17. The winners in 7B were Mia Schmitz with 26 and following right behind her was Nicole Hammes with 25. In 8A, the winners were Cierra Lambrecht with 21 and Camryn Boykin closely behind with 18. Cassidy Corby from 8B won with 75, and Malissa Deters was second with 33. Overall, fourth grade’s Kaden Peterson had the most, followed by 4th grader Collin Jost with 86! Great job to all of our winners!

 

    Then a video of the day's activities was played. This video was created by Amy Kuckelman, using the pictures taken by Jennifer Rottinghaus from different activities throughout the day. Finally, the moment the students all were waiting for was the Pie in the Face Contest.

 

    The Pie in the Face Contest is another fundraiser that starts with money buckets in the office. The six 8th graders, three boys and three girls are randomly selected ahead of time. These candidates have buckets and students and staff donate money to the buckets to see them get pied in the face. The three that raise the most money get “pied” at the assembly on Pi Day. This year's candidates were Camryn Boykin, Hannah Macke, Kari Heideman, Gage Palic, Cameron Lewis, and Miles Stueve. Miles Stueve was the top candidate, followd by Hannah Macke and Kari Heideman. The total amount rasied this year in the buckets was $284.16!

    

    All of the students of NCEMS look forward to Pi Day every year and are excited to participate again next year! Pi Day is organized by Betty Peterson, who is the technology and multimedia teacher at NCEMS. Every year, Mrs. Peterson and numerous staff members put together Pi Day and plan all of the fun activities for the students. Thank you to all of the students, teachers, staff members, parents, and grandparents that helped to make the 2017 Pi Day possible!

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