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LONGMONT — Stacking plastic cups may not seem athletic at first glance, but for the students at Mountain Peak Private School, it’s a sport.
Tom Buckett, the school’s co-founder and physical education teacher, uses cup-stacking relays as a way to improve the students’ hand-eye coordination and keep them active indoors on cold days.
“We do a two-week unit every year in the winter on stacking and it really helps improve the students’ use of their less-dominant hand,” Buckett said. “If we’re able to do it outside where we can spread out, I’ll make the kids do jumping jacks in between stacks and they end up running back and forth because they’re so excited so it can be a pretty physical activity.”
About 62 Mountain Peak students joined a worldwide effort to set the Guinness World Record for the largest sport stacking event Wednesday, which seeks to get 500,000 people stacking and beat last year’s record of 483,658 stackers.
This is the eighth year for the event and Mountain Peak’s seventh year participating.
On Wednesday, Mountain Peak students spent their 30-minute P.E. class stacking red and blue plastic cups into pyramids and breaking them down as fast as they could.
Fourth-grader Jacob Elston, 9, has been stacking cups at Mountain Peak since preschool and is one of the fastest stackers in Buckett’s 10:45 a.m. class.
Jacob’s record for stacking and breaking down the “cycle,” which consists of stacking three designs with twelve cups, is 15 seconds
Third-grader Zoie Chociej, 8, has only been stacking for two years but she’s picking it up fast.
She isn’t quite as fast as Jacob at the cycle, but she will keep working on it in hopes of beating his record.
“The cycle is my favorite because it’s more challenging than the other stacks,” Zoie said. “It’s really fun.”
Buckett said, anytime he can teach his students something that’s fun for them, it’s a success.
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ASHLAND, KY. (WSAZ) — Students at one local school are not only studying history, but attempting to make history.
It’s called the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event” and students at Holy Family School in Ashland, Kentucky were taking part in the competition on Thursday.
All day long students around the world are stacking cups with the hope of setting a new Guinness world record of a half million people stacking in a day.
Students at Holy Family School were stacking, exercising and stimulating their brains by stacking as fast as they could for 30 minutes, according to Physical Education teacher Carol Kelley.
Students had to perform physical activities while stacking the cups.
Caitlin Utley is a fourth grader and says it’s not easy doing push-ups while stacking so you have to have a plan. “You need to learn how to get your hands in position, you need to know how to get them up without falling over and you need to be quick at it”.
Last year’s record was more than 483,000 participants stacking during the day.
TRICHY: The students of Pavendar Bharathidasan Group of Institutions created a record by forming a human banyan tree on Saturday. The students, who appeared in green and brown dresses that resembled roots, branches and leaves, held saplings in their hand while forming the image of a giant tree. Totally, 4,202 students participated in the record-setting effort.
The record, which has been acknowledged by the authorities from the Limca Book of Records, is for the largest number of participants in a tree formation. Such a formation has never been done before, said VVR Murthy, the marketing manager of the Limca Book of Records. ‘Earlier, similar efforts were for creating images of great national leaders or monuments; however, there has been a record by 600 people abroad forming a Christmas tree. The feat will soon be taken for consideration by the Guinness World Records.
The college officials did not leave any stone unturned to make the entire formation perfect as it even used a camera-bearing parachute that to record the entire proceedings from sky, exciting the students.
At the event, the students took a pledge to save nature by combating global warming. V Ponraj, scientific advisor to former Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, was the chief guest at the event.
Saturday’s effort also marked the students’ entry to the Green Kalam Project, an environment-friendly initiative.
The officials from the Limca Book of Records and the Assist World Records who inspected the banyan formation awarded the institution with the record certificate. The latter group aids people who have extraordinary talent to exhibit their talent.
Month-long preparations were on here for the tree formation. The faculty and the students were involved in the rehearsals, said A M Raman, the chairman of the institution. The saplings received from the Green Kalam Project would be planted across the campus, he added.
Dr MR Arun, one of the trustees of the institution, had mooted the concept.
- UVa Students and Dean Break High Five Record
September 4, 2013
A record-breaking night on UVa grounds — and it’s something to high-five about.
The University of Virginia’s Dean of Students Allen Groves handily broke the Guinness World Record for “Most High-Fives By an Individual in One Hour” with more than 2,000 high-fives.
The group needed 1,739 high-fives to break the record.
Two lines of students stretched from the Rotunda to the Homer statue at the other end of the lawn as Groves started high-fiving. UVa’s Student Council and the University Programs Council put on the event Wednesday evening.
“This is our way of kicking off the year right. We really wanted to give students a unique way to start their semester. We think it’s going to be a great year. Everybody wants to high-five Dean Groves so we thought this was a great chance to bring people out, get excited, and get going,” said Michael Promisel of UVa Student Council.
Jordan Packett, a 2nd year at UVa and Margaret Fuller, a fourth year, came with others from their Christian fellowship to the Lawn to high five Dean Groves and hear acapella groups from the school sing afterward.
The event felt like “history in the making, history in the making,” said Fuller, smiling.
“That’s a good way to put it,” said Packett.
The group beat the previous record by more than 700 high fives.
After the event, UVa Head Football Coach Mike London commended Groves, tweeting “congrats on setting the world record for most high fives tonight. You may need to see our trainers tomorrow for treatment.”
No Guinness representatives were at the event. Organizers will put together an evidence package to send to Guinness in London for verification.
AMHERST, Massachusetts — In what’s become an annual tradition, the University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new academic year with a delicious, healthy, record-breaking dish.
About 500 students and staff at the Amherst campus on Monday sliced, diced, pitted and peeled 150 varieties of fruit to create a salad weighing more than 6,803 kilogramme.
The salad was mixed in a 11.7 metre diameter swimming pool.
It included 20 varieties of apples weighing more than 1,600 kilos; 19 varieties of melon weighing more than 1,100 kilos; peaches; bananas; oranges; berries; and more exotic fruits including quince, passion fruit and rambutan.
A Guinness World Records representative certified the record.
University of Massachusetts in recent years has started the semester with record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries.
UMass students feast on 15,000-pound fruit salad
AMHERST, Mass. — In what’s become an annual tradition, the University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new academic year with a delicious, healthy, record-breaking dish.
This Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 photo released on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst media relations website shows a fruit salad prepared on campus, and weighing more than 15,000 pounds. A Guinness World Records representative certified the big salad as a record. The school has held a food event that has become an annual tradition. Recent years have featured record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries. (AP Photo/University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
About 500 students and staff at the Amherst campus on Monday sliced, diced, pitted and peeled 150 varieties of fruit to create a salad weighing more than 15,000 pounds. The salad was mixed in a 15-foot diameter swimming pool.
It included 20 varieties of apples weighing more than 3,600 pounds; 19 varieties of melon weighing more than 2,500 pounds; peaches; bananas; oranges; berries; and more exotic fruits including quince, passion fruit and rambutan.
A Guinness World Records representative certified the record.
UMass in recent years has started the semester with record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries.
CHAMPAIGN — First it was a giant smoothie. Then came 3,463 ears of shucked corn.
This year new students will be welcomed to the University of Illinois with — if all goes well — the world’s largest serving of salsa.
Life is a fiesta.
The UI is once again using the occasion of its annual student convocation to build community by setting a world record.
This time the goal is 7,500 pounds of salsa — or at least one more than the current record of 5,868, held by Asociacin de Productores del Tomates de Los Palacios in Spain.
University Housing staff will begin creating the salsa at 5 a.m. Friday, with 7,000 pounds of tomatoes, 600 pounds of onions, 20 pounds of jalapeo peppers, 375 bunches of cilantro and 70 gallons of lime juice.
The salsa will be assembled in front of students at the “Illinois Sights and Sounds” event at Memorial Stadium directly following New Student Convocation, then will be served for dinner later that night.
Why salsa? Organizers wanted something that showcased local produce, especially from the UI’s Student Sustainable Farm, said Kirsten Ruby, associate director of housing for communications and marketing.
“It’s very popular,” she added.
A representative from Guinness World Records will be on hand to certify the results. If the salsa is a record-breaker, Guinness will present a certificate to the UI.
It has become a campus tradition. In 2011, the UI created the World’s Largest Smoothie, and in 2012 students broke the record for the greatest number of people simultaneously husking corn.
The UI has since lost the smoothie record, now held by Cabot Creamery Cooperative (400 gallons on May 3, 2013). But the campus remains the corn-husking capital of the world, according to Guinness.
“We’d like this experience to be memorable,” Ruby said. “Convocation and Illinois Sights and Sounds is their first big group introduction to the University of Illinois. Having something like this shared experience gives them all a common memory that they can share.
“I love it when I hear someone say, ‘Oh, I was the smoothie year,’” she said.
The event helps students connect to campus, and research shows that students who feel connected are more likely to be successful in their studies, Ruby said.
Everything but the lime juice will be from local farms, Ruby said, and most of it will come from the student farm on Lincoln Avenue, south of Windsor Road.
“We’ll be providing as much as we can,” said farm manager Zack Grant, including 1,000 pounds of tomatoes and most of the peppers and onions.
The tomato harvest was a bit lean this year on the 5-acre vegetable farm, which has supplied produce to University Housing for the past five years, said Grant, a research specialist for the Department of Crop Sciences.
“It’s kind of slowed some of the maturity down,” Grant said. “We’re just going to harvest whatever we can. They have insurance stuff on the side to help them get over the top.”
“It’ll be pretty amusing to see it all come together,” he added.
The salsa record is a popular one and may not last long, Grant said.
“It’s been broken two or three times since they decided to do it last year,” Grant said, and someone else will likely try to unseat the UI if Friday’s attempt is successful.
The housing staff has put together a snazzy trailer about the event, in the style of “The Avengers,” ending with, “Salsa 2013: It’s gonna be epic.”
Attendance isn’t mandatory but is “strongly encouraged,” with resident advisers walking students to the convocation and then to the stadium afterward, Ruby said.
The UI is expecting 7,200 freshmen on campus this year, up from 6,932 who enrolled in fall 2012. The Office of New Student Programs anticipates about 6,000 students will attend Friday’s events.
Spooning is a show of affection, usually between couples, where people lie down together chest to back.
1,108 people have reportedly spooned in a row for five minutes, as part of the 2013 Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) conference on the Gold Coast last week.
The Guinness World Records site shows that the current record of 529 people spooning at once was set by students of Carleton College in Minnesota, USA, on June 4, 2010.
Record attempt organiser and fourth year University of Queensland medical student Matthew Daley says they decided to take on the title as something fun and different to do for the conference.
“The only criteria that I was looking at was that it was going to involve the most number of people, that it needed to be relatively inexpensive to run and that it needed no special skills in order to achieve,” he says.
Spooning to the rules
Official guidelines were read thoroughly and followed, with 20 invigilators on hand trying to ensure the attempt would be recognised.
However Matthew says it did have a few hiccups.
“When we tried to put that many people on the ground we realised they didn’t know which way to lie; whether it was on their left shoulder or their right,” he says.
“We probably had everyone lying on the ground for maybe 35 to 40 minutes trying to set this record whereby we only needed five.”
They have submitted their evidence and are expecting a response from Guinness in the coming weeks.
“All I’d like is just to be able to go out on the street and tell everyone I am the world’s greatest spooner,” Matthew says.
“I think it would be a nice little conversation starter.”
If they are successful, it’s uncertain whether the current record holders will take the defeat lying down.
DALLAS TWP. — Dozens of eager Misericordia University students, ink markers in hand, attempted to set a new world record on Saturday, connecting 1,432 Crayola erasable markers in a straight line in hopes of making a mark in the Guinness World Records book.
The event, which took place on campus, was part of the university’s annual SpringFest Weekend, with this year’s theme being “Breaking records!”
Don Spencer, of Borton-Lawson Engineering Inc., was on hand to ensure the attempt was made accurately and would meet Guinness’ standards. “We’ll be forwarding the specifics to Guinness and then hoping that we hear back that we have a place in the record books,” he said.
“It’s also a great chance for students to gather together on campus and work together in a healthy drug- and alcohol-free environment,” said Aaron Orchard, a junior majoring in health care management and member of the Student Government Association.
“We are hoping to then distribute the markers to organizations throughout the area serving children,” Orchard said.
Across campus, Jaime Washofer, of Waldwick, N.J., a senior majoring in occupational therapy, and Angelo Prince, of Hainesport, N.J., a freshman, were pursuing a different kind of record. The two were the last of about 30 students participating in the “Touch the Van” competition, which began on Friday.
With hands firmly placed on a campus van, each hoped to outlast the other in touching the van to win an iPad.
“It’s not really about the iPad,” said a smiling Washofer. “It’s more about friendly competition.”
Both said they were grateful they were allowed to leave their posts for a few hours to attend Friday’s Dance-a-thon held in Insalaco Hall. After nearly 26 hours, the two were named “co-winners” and each received a mini-iPad for their efforts.
Darcy Brodmerkel, director of Student Activities, said the event was an opportunity to build school spirit and make memories. She was encouraged by the turnout, she said. “With upcoming exams and plans to return home, it’s a great time to relax and enjoy the campus,” Brodmerkel said.
The weather fully cooperated during the festival, which included the dedication of a new on-campus baseball field.
The event began with a nod to Misericordia President Michael MacDowell, following the volleyball competition earlier this week. He received a trophy for leadership and participation in the event for 15 years of effort, always participating with good spirit although his team had never won. “Dr. MacDowell is retiring this year and we wanted to especially honor him,” Orchard said.
Thursday’s Salon-a-thon and massage station were fundraisers for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Many attendees said they were looking forward to today’s Powder Puff football game before having to head back to class and prepare for final exams.
DALLAS TWP. — Students at Misericordia University are trying to make their mark on the world — by connecting Crayola Erasable markers long enough to be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The school’s Student Government Association will have an event Saturday during the university’s “Spring Weekend.” They will try to set a world record for the never-before-attempted feat of connecting Crayola Erasable Markers end to end for about 500 feet.
If successful, Misericordia will be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The idea was born out of a student government brainstorming session, said Aaron Orchard, 22, a junior from Belvidere, N.J., majoring in health-care management.
“I was kind of bored at the meeting when we were planning Spring Weekend,” Orchard said. “We were trying to decide on a theme, and I had a marker in my hand. That’s when I had a random thought and wondered if there was a world record for connecting markers.”
Orchard said the committee researched it and discovered there was not a world record for marker connecting. So it contacted Guinness and e-mailed an application to have the event. It was approved three months later.
“There are similar world records,” Orchard said. “Like for the longest gum wrapper chain and others. We wanted to put Misericordia on the map.”
The government association purchased 1,200 Crayola Erasable markers for the event. They will accept donations if anyone wants to drop more off at the Dallas Township campus, but they have to be Crayola Erasable markers, standard size.
“When the event is over, we will donate the markers to local elementary and pre-schools,” Catie Becker, 20, a junior history major from Shickshinny, said.
Orchard and Becker said the plan is to connect the markers from McHale Hall (which houses all freshmen students) to Mercy Hall (academic and administrative building) — a distance they hope exceeds 500 feet.
Orchard said the university’s communications department will videotape the event to officially document it, and a surveyor will be there to measure the exact length of the Crayola connection.
Other committee members include: DeAnna Darling, 19, a sophomore business major from Ithaca, N.Y.; Chrystelle Patrice, 21, a senior government law and national-security major from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Laura Bennett, 20, a junior speech-language pathology major from Dingmans Ferry; Dayna Richter, 20, a junior health care/physical therapy major from Dingmans Ferry, and Katerina Kindig, 19, a sophomore psychology major from Mechanicsburg.
“Most student governments at bigger schools get a lot more recognition,” Kindig said. “Getting in the Guinness Book of World Records is a major accomplishment.”