It is Pi Day and Smith-Cotton ninth grader, Bailey Curry, left, has just tied her hair up into a bun in front of her classmates and another class. Scrunched down over a piece of paper she attempts to recite the first 240 decimal places for Pi as she writes them down. On a board behind her are the first 500 digits of Pi. Curry got as far as the 198th decimal place before slipping up. She started memorizing the values last Thursday and has set a goal of memorizing the first 500 by the end of the summer. According to the Guinness World Records website the official verifiable record for memorizing Pi was set in 2005 by a chemistry student in China who recited 67,890 places before making a mistake, even though he had memorized 100,000. The effort took 24 hours and 4 minutes. The shortened value of Pi is 3.14 and is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.