Shreveport 9-year-old breaks records for Pi memorization

Published: Apr. 21, 2017 at 4:19 PM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2018 at 10:44 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - When most people are asked to say the number pi, they will tell you "3.14." Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, the number itself has trillions of digits after the decimal point.

2 years ago, we introduced you to a 7-year-old girl who could recite Pi to an impressive 1,420 digits. She's 9 now, and has an even more impressive record.

In 2015 Adriana Martin would carefully recall the numbers of Pi. Now, a fourth grader, she gets in a zone while naming the digits quickly reciting the numbers she knows well.

She named off what she calls "just" 132 digits when we went to catch up with her. That number is small when you compare it to how many she recited this year during Southfield School's annual Pi day competition.

"3,715," said Adriana when asked how many she memorized this year.

She's been steadily increasing the numbers she's memorized, and each year shatters a record. "I like the numbers," she added.

She currently holds the records for 1st through 4th grades for how many digits of pi she can write down. In first grade, she knew 603 digits. Second, 1,420, third, 2,812, and finally this year, in fourth grade 3,715 digits.

"In Kindergarten, they said to try to learn 20, and so I learned 20, and then I learned another 20 until I got to 120 and I came in kindergarten and came in 4th in the school, and I just wanted to keep learning them," said Adriana.

"To watch the school hold a contest and see this child rise to an occasion that's unprecedented from the very get go and to hear her goals, that's what's really amazing," said Tracey Locke, the Director of Advancement and Marketing at Southfield School.

Adriana says she learns the numbers with her dad in the car on the way to school. She can learn about 15 numbers in 15-30 minutes.

"I don't really know how I do it, but I do it in like sections," said Adriana.

"I've judged her with other faculty members - making sure we have numerous people in the room making sure we watch all the children that are doing it, all the students. The way her method, the way she does it, the way she checks herself, it's just extraordinary," said Locke.

Not only does she hold the record for the number of digits memorized for her age, she's 12th in all ages in the United States and 50th in all ages in the world. She's even gotten recognition out of Baton Rouge.

The past two years, Senator Barrow Peacock made resolutions on the senate floor in her honor, commending her achievements.

"It made me feel awesome," said Adriana. Reciting her way to the record books.

Her goal next year is to memorize 5,000 numbers.

We asked Adriana if she knows how many digits she wants to learn before she stops. As of right now - she says she just wants to beat the North American record by the time she graduates high school. The current record for North America is 15,314. Adriana says she'll learn 16,000.

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