Peoria Ill. (WEEK) – Thursday is National Pi Day! An 8th grader at St. Philomena’s school in Peoria celebrated the irrational number in an impressive way, reciting the first 2,034 digits of Pi.
Edward Couri is a math guy, in addition to memorizing pi, he’s already working his way through algebra 2 and trigonometry. The middle schooler says he started memorizing pi in the 5th grade when someone challenged him to memorize the first 50 digits.
“The first few I did memorize was in fifth grade, when someone challenged me to memorize 50, but I did 227. Then the next year I did 748, then 1,122. Then this year I got 2,03,” said Couri.
It took him about 25 minutes to rattle of all 2,034 digits, but Couri says it doesn’t normally take him that long. He says he went slow so his classmates could read long and make sure he didn’t make any mistakes.