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NCEMS Celebrates Pi Day

By: Taryn Ganstrom and Brenden Bearce

Brenden Bearce

March 28, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School students celebrated Pi Day in a unique way this year with the joining of Sts. Peter and Paul middle school on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 and 14. The days consisted of many activities, some of which included: baking pies, playing games, doing activities involving pi, painting faces, and at the end of the day, the school held an assembly. The sixth grade kicked off the Pi Day baking on Tuesday afternoon and the seventh and eighth graders went to the Knights of Columbus on Wednesday morning to make the pies. The pies were then transported back to NCEMS and SPPS schools to be baked.

    The students and staff at NC and SPPS were asked to bring pie filling in the weeks leading up to Pi Day. The schools combined amount of pie filling brought was around 1,200 cans. The fillings brought were blueberry, peach, apple, and cherry. With the two schools combined, around 850 pies were made in which some were baked and some were unbaked.

    The students, staff, and community could order pies for $8 each. The proceeds were donated to the Anne Leonard family. Every year, the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders invite their grandmothers to come and make pies with the cans of filling everyone brings. This year there was a great turnout of grandmothers, with around 80 coming and assisting with the pie orders.

   “Baking pies with my grandmother was really fun and I had a great time with her,” said Jaden Thomas.

    Some of the activities that took place in the afternoon, consisted of creating pi bracelets, playing pin the radius on the circle, songs, creating pictures with geometric shapes, pi graph activity, a skit, and creating pi day videolicious videos. After all the activities, NCEMS held their annual Pi Day assembly. To start the assembly, the kindergarten through 5th grade classes sang “The Pi Song” by Bryant Oden.

    The winners of the Pi digit contest were announced after the song. The Pi digit contest is one of the favorite Pi Day activities. Each student tries to memorize as many digits of Pi as they can and the two students who memorize the most in each grade win a prize. In kindergarten, Tatum Snyder won with a total of 37. Abbott Sullivan was second with a total of 26. In 1st grade, Alyvia Sudbeck won with 29. Close behind was Payson Rottinghaus and Olivia Hermesch with 25. The 2nd grade had a tie for first between Clare Wullschleger and Kennedy McKee with 57. In 3rd grade, Jean Yumba placed first with 74 followed by Tyler Nolte with 71. The 4th grade winners were Kamryn Rainieri with 60 digits and Kailey Mady with 50 digits. In 5th grade, Kaden Peterson got first with 155 digits. Kaitlyn Hammes placed second with 85. The 6th grade winners were Anna Hermesch with 75 and Samantha Holthaus with 46. In 7th grade, first place went to Lilly Schultejans with 51 followed by Jillian Stueve with 36. The 8th grade winners were Messiayah Nolte with 113 digits and Andrew Frye with 50 digits. The overall winner of the Pi digit contest was Kaden Peterson with 155 digits, setting the new school record!

    The next event to happen was the Pie in the Face. The Pie in the Face is a fundraiser in which six 8th grade students, three boys and three girls, are randomly chosen and have the potential of getting pied. Each contestant has a bucket that is put in the office about three weeks before the event. The students and staff then donate money by putting it in the buckets. The three contestants who raise the most money gets pied. This year’s candidates were Kurtis Beck, Jacob Heinen, Kolby Koch, Rachel Schmitz, Taryn Ganstrom, and Amber Blume. The candidate that raised the most money was Taryn Ganstrom, followed by Jacob Heinen and Kolby Koch. The total amount of money raised in the buckets this year was $114.13.

    The final Pi Day event was a video of the activities that the students participated in throughout the day. This video was created by Amy Kuckelman using the pictures taken by Savannah Engelken and Jennifer Rottinghaus.

    Every year Pi Day is something the students and staff look forward to. Pi Day takes a lot of planning done by Betty Peterson and the other staff members. We want to thank all of the students, teachers, staff members, parents, and grandparents for helping make the 2018 Pi Day celebration a major success!

    “Pi Day is my favorite day at school because I always have fun,” said Collin Jost.

 

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