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Local high school students enjoy “Pi Day” at Penn State Fayette

3/23/2011 —

Local area high school students participated in the 12th annual Pi Day competition recently at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. Sixteen teams of ninth and tenth grade students from Belle Vernon Area, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Uniontown Area and Yough High Schools competed to win their choice of apple, cherry, blueberry or chocolate pie. “It’s not your regular test by any means,” said David Meredith, associate professor of engineering at Penn State Fayette and proctor of the Pi Day exam.

Students were encouraged to work in teams to complete 20 math problems within a 60-minute time period. “It’s a hard test. We make it a hard test because you (the students) are the brightest in Fayette County and the surrounding areas,” said Meredith as he addressed the students before the exam.

Due to the inclement weather that was predicted for the area, Ringgold and Yough did not attend the March 11 activities, but participated in testing on March 14 when the winners were announced. This year, an all-girl team from Yough, won first place. Two teams representing Ringgold took home second and third place.

High School Students

From left: Tenth graders Christian Bean and Rachel Diamond, and ninth grader Nicole Bell, from Uniontown Area High School discuss a possible solution to a Pi Day test question.

High School Students

From left: Kylie Kikta  and Liz Gerda, both tenth grade students at Belle Vernon Area High School, work with their team to solve math problems on the Pi Day exam.

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