We, the co-founders of Pi Day Princeton and Geek Freak Weekend, wish to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone who helped make this year’s festivities a huge success.
Our goal from the beginning was to create a community-wide celebration that would bring together Princeton residents, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and businesses to celebrate math, science, and Einstein. We are happy to report that the success of the weekend has gone beyond our wildest, hopes, dreams, and expectations. To everyone who volunteered their time, and to everyone who participated in the weekend — we thank you for coming together to make Princeton a one-of-a-kind place to live, work, and play!
The 2012 Geek Freak weekend saw the largest crowd to date with over 6,000 people packing the Princeton Public Library for the Pi Day events. Each event was standing room only and we were thrilled to have more contestants participate than ever. We had 21 sign up for the Violin Contest, 27 for Mathlete Challenge, 22 for Pie Eating, 19 for Pi Recitation, and an outstanding lineup for the Einstein Look-Alike contest.
Six-year-old Alisa Deczynski took top honors in the Children’s Violin Contest.
Ten-year-old Benjamin Qi was the winner of the Mathlete Challenge, and 13-year-old Juliette Van Schaik was the winner of the Pi recitation, reciting 1,705 digits in the 7 to 13-year-old category. Fourteen-year-old Brooke Greenstein won the teen category with 720 digits. This year’s adult Pi Recitation winner, Brian Singer, won with 2,222 digits, marking his second win at Pi Day Princeton.
The Einstein Look-Alike Contest was won by four-year-old Jayden Hunt, with Joe Lepis winning the adult division for the third time.
Dan Antony of Terra Momo Bread Company won the Pie Baking contest with a Pina Colada pie. The Pie-Eating contest winners included Elizabeth Holt in the adult category; Disha Hedge in the teen category; and a tie in the 4 to 8-year-olds between Henry Wilkinson and Sawyer Cano.
Pi Day Princeton is here to stay, and we are thrilled that our 2012 underwriters MacLean Agency, Princeton Regional Chamber, and Coordinated Wealth Management all renewed for next year so we will be able to promote even more for 2013.
Again, thanks to everyone who came to downtown Princeton on Saturday either as an observer or a participant, a sponsor or a volunteer. You helped make 2012 Pi Day Princeton and Geek Freak Weekend one to remember.
Mimi Omiecinski, Joy Chen