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NCEMS Holds 15th Annual Pi Day

By: Addy Holthaus, Lilly Schultejans, and Emilie Strahm

March 28, 2019

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    The annual NCEMS pi day was held on Friday, March, 22. With the help of Betty Peterson, pi day has been able to continue for an amazing 15 years. Also with the help of middle school students’ grandmas pi day has become a lasting tradition at NCEMS. This year’s proceeds were donated to Haley Wood, a fourth-grade student who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

    This year over 500 cans of pie filling was brought in by staff and students. A contest was held to see which grade was able to bring in the most pie filling. Winning the contest was 5th grade. They announced it to the whole school by pieing the two 5th-grade teachers in the face. Since 5th-grade won the pie filling competition they will be getting an ice cream party.

    With all the pie filling brought in, there were lots of pies made. The generosity of the community also was put forth as the Knights of Columbus allowed the school to make pies there. For the event,  middle school students were able to invite their grandparents to help make the pies. Starting right away in the morning, pies were being made. Throughout the morning, the students in sixth through eighth grade came to the hall to help with the pie making.  All the pies made were then sold to families who bought them before the event. In total, more than 400 pies were made!

    Diane Schultejans said, "It was a great experience to get to make pies with my grandaughter."

    To introduce pi and its digits to the younger grades, students are provided with various learning activities. Starting off with an activity for kindergarten through fifth grade is the pi wall. The pi wall starts at the lunch room and continues through the main hallway. Apart from the pi wall, different grades have several pi-learning activities. The activities included bubbles, making bracelets, hula-hoops, painting pi pictures, skits, and measuring circular objects. After the activities were held, face paint was brought in and students were able to get their face painted. The students in the eighth-grade class were the ones that taught the activities.

    To give students an incentive to learn the digits of pi, a competition was held amongst the grades. The morning of pi day students are given a paper asking them to name as many digits as possible. Many students take the time to study and memorize many digits of this complex number. The kindergarten winners were Emersyn Novotny with 11 and Avery Lueger with 14. The first-grade winners were Abbott Sullivan with 25 and Levi Holthaus with 34. Winning the second-grade contest was Anna Jost with 40 and Brecken Kramer with 50. The third-grade winners were Clare Wullschleger with 75 and Kennedy McKee with 101. Leading the fourth-grade was Tyler Nolte with 102 and Jean Yumba with 134. The fifth-grade winners were Kathryn Yunghans with 50 and Kamryn Ranieri with 85. Topping the sixth-grade was Emmery Schmelzle with 75 and Kaden Peterson with 139. The seventh-grade winners were Emma Stallbaumer with 37 and Sam Holthaus with 54. And finally, the eighth-grade winners were Dylann Grauer with 39 and Henriette Yemba with 37.

    As part of the Pi day fundraiser, we ask that students and teachers bring in some money to put in six 8th-grade student’s buckets that were chosen to get pied in the face. This year’s 8th-graders were Blake Stallbaumer, Jaden Thomas, Joe Siess, Keirsten Huerter, Dylann Grauer, and Addy Holthaus. Together they all raised $171.05. But the three students that raised the most money were Jaden Thomas, Dylann Grauer, and Addy Holthaus. They were awarded with pies in the face.

    “Pi day was really fun, especially since I got pied,” said Dylann Grauer.

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