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How many digits of "pi" can you memorize?

Meet this year's junior high pi champions - Mackay and June

At some point in your school mathematics journey you discovered that mysterious constant called “Pi.”

It’s the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and most commonly known by the number 3.14.

And, with March 14 (third month, 14th day of the year) proclaimed as National Pi Day, math teachers use it as a teaching tool.

Here’s how Dina Tadena, Bluffton seventh grade math teacher uses the day.

“Every year I challenge my students to try to memorize as many digits of Pi as possible,” she told the Icon.

“On March 15  – since Pi Day was on a Sunday this year – two of my students rose to the occasion. They beat their last year's efforts to set a new school record,” she said.

June Essinger, an 8th grade student, won first place by memorizing a whopping 1,038 digits!

Mackay Tuttle, also an 8th grader, won second place by memorizing an impressive 376 digits!

Let’s see how many digits you can memorize. Here are the first 100:

3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164