Math Department Holds 12th Annual Pi Day Contest

Every year, the Mathematics department holds a College-wide π-Day contest. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit an original sentence, paragraph, poem, or short story that uses the digits of π in order (π ≈ 3.1415926..).

Student entries are judged on cleverness, interest, and length. Bonus points are awarded for mathematical references (including mathematicians). Points are deducted for incorrect digits. Monetary prizes ($100, $31.41, $3.14) are awarded to the best student entries.

This year, the Mathematics Department held the 12th Annual MMC π-Day contest. Five students entered the competition. Three student submissions were awarded monetary prizes. A reading with the awarding of prizes was held on April 14, 2022, during Honors Day (in conjunction with the Chi Omega Lambda Induction—Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honor Society), and was followed by a reception with pi(e) and coffee.

First prize was awarded to Mark McKnight for the longest submission (used 196 Pi digits without a mistake) titled  Brighter Than a Thousand Suns.  Mark also entered last year and earned first prize (178 Pi digits). Second prize was awarded to Joshua Wessler (33 Pi digits with no mistakes) titled Pi, a Food.

Ryan Holt, Erin Karns, and Violet de Besche received honorable mentions

The Mathematics Department congratulates the winners of the 12th Annual MMC π-day Competition, and thanks all participants for their valuable contributions.

Pi Day Celebration Program