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A pie in the face for Pi Day

By , Columbian staff writer

Students at the Washington State School for the Blind enjoyed a sweet incentive to celebrate Pi Day on Thursday: a chance to decorate their own superintendent with delicious baked goods and whipped cream.

The school’s deal was to memorize as many digits as you can after the decimal in pi for chances to splat school officials. While 25 digits were good for pies in various administrators’ kissers, a really impressive 50 digits won you a pie-pitch at the top guy, superintendent Scott McCallum. Several students met the challenge and covered McCallum with fruit, crust and white stuff on top.

What is pi? It’s the mathematical constant that allows you to determine the area and circumference of a circle, and it happens to be infinite — hence the (literally) endless string of decimals. In recent years, schools have started translating the easy start of pi — 3.14 — into a date, March 14. That’s Pi Day. 

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Scott McCallum, superintendent of the Washington State School for the Blind, from left, poses for a selfie with Freshman Deegan Richardson and Eighth Grader Fenix Roarke after McCallum took a pie to the face as a reward for students who memorized 50 digits of Pi at the Washington State School for the Blind on Thursday afternoon, March 14, 2019.
Gallery: Pi Day Photo Gallery

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