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Pi Day Celebrated at Clarkson University by 200 Schoolchildren

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Almost two hundred students from area schools gathered at Clarkson University recently to celebrate Pi Day.

Middle-school- and high-school- students engaged in various competitions celebrating the number Pi (3.14 �), ranging from hula-hoop contests to mathematical challenges. There was no pie eating contest, but students were treated to both pie and pizza pie.Clarkson students interacted with local high school students during pi day

Spirits were high as students tested their skills and mathematical knowledge in more than 30 different contests. Prizes were awarded for the highest scores at different grade levels.

This was the third annual Pi Day Celebration held at Clarkson University. Undergraduate and graduate students from St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam joined their Clarkson counterparts in designing and working 37 different booths, each with a unique challenge.

The celebration was sponsored by the New York State Department of Education STEP and CSTEP programs as part of the state-wide "Day of Service" initiative and Clarkson University’s IMPETUS Program. The event was also supported by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and Clarkson’s Office of Educational Partnerships.

The winners and their school districts were:

Grade 6: 1st place - Brandon Burdash (Salmon River Central); 2nd - John Harvey (Salmon River Central); 3rd - Dalton Homer, Justin Brackett, and Dylan Sencer (Harrisville Central).

Grades 7 & 8: 1st - Seth Daily (St. Lawrence Central); 2nd - Erica Losey (St. Lawrence Central); 3rd -Cheyenne Padgett (St. Lawrence Central).

Grades 9 & 10: 1st - Amos Singleton (Herman- DeKalb Central); 2nd - Nicholas Cincinati (Potsdam Central); 3rd - Morgan Finley (Harrisville Central).

Grades 11&12: 1st - Katelyn Morse (Gouverneur Central); 2nd - Chris Hewlett (Canton Central); 3rd -Kyle McLaughlin (St. Lawrence Central).

Participants also voted for their favorite booth design. The winning booth designs were: 1st - Ping Pong Pi; 2nd - What’s your Pi Q?; 3rd -Pi in the Sky.

Photo caption: Clarkson University senior Stephen A. Carter, a mathematics major from Fort Ann, N.Y., runs the Pi Wheel at Clarkson University’s recent Pi Day celebration.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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