Editor's note: This corrects how many digits of Pi Benjamin Most recited.
CORONA DEL MAR — Benjamin Most, 13, sat on a folding chair before his peers, his hands clutching the seat and his face nearly expressionless as he began a rapid-fire recitation of the numbers after 3.14.
They tumbled out of his mouth, barely comprehensible, like he was in a trance. He recited 3,310 digits of Pi from memory as a pair of judges checked him for accuracy.
Successfully defending his Pi King crown on Monday, Benjamin blew away the competition, as well as the school record he set last year by reciting 2,522 digits.
He hesitated a handful of times but finished recalling the string of numbers at the 10-minute, 27-second mark.
"And that is all I have," the seventh-grade student said quietly.
The reigning Pi King was the first student called up to recite as many digits as he or she could at Harbor Day School's annual Pi Day celebration.