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After perusing the applications of 23 exemplary high school seniors in the region — and following an ambitious process by a committee that included accomplished military veterans in the 23rd congressional district — Rep. Kevin McCarthy has selected five nominees for possible admission to U.S. military service academies. Kern County has a rich history of honoring men and women who have serve in our armed forces, and we should be equally as excited about the next possible batch of high-performing students who are worth saluting: Michael ‘Mickey’ Cushine (Independence); Andrew ‘Drew’ Francis (North); Kyle Mathes-Orr (Tehachapi); Garrett Silong (Burroughs); and Sarah Manges (Centennial).
HIT: Street widening closer to fruition
A long-awaited and much-needed plan to widen 24th Street and improve the Rosedale Highway-Oak Street intersection in Bakersfield now is closer to reality. And while our sympathies rest with 23 homeowners (who should be compensated for their stomach-wrenching losses) the project is a welcome and necessary step in improving a growing city.
The public will have a chance to comment on the project’s environmental impact report during a Bakersfield Planning Commission hearing Jan. 16. Commissioners will consider recommending the Bakersfield City Council approve the EIR, which must occur before the project can move forward. As far as we’re concerned, this plan has come too far to be scrapped.
MISS: State won’t miss dry 2013
To California leaders who have been hesitant about declaring a drought, we can only ask: What are you waiting for?
The year 2013 was so dry for the Golden State that the desert valley climate of Bakersfield ended up with more rain than the usually green and enviously temperate San Francisco. Los Angeles and Fresno endured their driest calendar years on record, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center has forecast below-average rainfall for the third straight winter. In a state where water woes are common, we’re hoping these historically dry conditions don’t turn out to be the norm.
HIT: Teacher’s record one for the book
She started playing to lose, but now she’s a winner. Bakersfield teacher Carrie Swidecki officially became a Guinness World Record holder last week when her accomplishment — boogeying to dance-themed video game “Just Dance” for more than 48 hours in June — was recognized in print by the famous publication. Swidecki told KERO-23 she started playing the video games to combat her own weight problems, and with great success: She says she’s lost 75 pounds and hopes to inspire adults and children to choose fun ways to stay healthy and combat obesity. We admire Swidecki for her accomplishments and hope her story encourages others to put their health first.
According to an article in the International Business Times this week, students from the Red Clay School District in Delaware set a new Guinness World Record for the tallest tower ever built of Lego blocks. The tower was built in sections by each of the 28 schools in the district, and assembled at the John Dickinson High School in Wilmington, Delaware last August.
According to the IBT article, the students, with a little help from sponsors and friends, constructed a tower which is “made out of 500,000 LEGO bricks, weighs almost a ton, and is exactly 112 feet, 11¾ inches tall. At more than 10 stories high, it shatters the previous record, held by a 106-foot tower built in Prague in 2012.
“The tower was built almost entirely by students from the Red Clay School District over the summer and the last few days of the 2012-2013 school year. But volunteer contractors helped with the final assembly last week, placing the tower pieces together using cranes and lifts.”
The IBT article links to a report posted by Delaware Online, which contains video interviews with some of the students who worked on the project.
Hopefully, some of the students involved will become the contractors and builders of the future after experiencing this team experience.
Students attempt Guinness record through mass yoga
71,000 students perform yoga simultaneously in 47 centres in DK, Udupi
As many as 71,000 students became part of a genuine cause of setting a new Guinness record through Yoga, during the programme ‘Yoga for Future’ organised by Shanthivana Trust, Ujire and Department of Public Instructions, Government of Karnataka, with 25,600 students in 10 centres in Dakshina Kannada and 44,269 students in 37 centers in Udupi districts, performing Yoga at the same time.
In Mangalore, the programme was held at the grounds of Sharada Vidyalaya. At 9.30 am, a conch was blown to mark the beginning of the largest yoga class. Omkar was chanted, followed by an all-religion prayer. Demonstration and light exercises were done as a warm up.
A huge sound signalled the countdown and at 10 am sharp, the mass yoga programme started with Suryanamaskara, followed by various yoga postures like Trikonasana, Shashankasana, Dhanurasana and Makarasana and Shavasana. The mass yoga ended exactly at 10.31 am.
A total of 1,828 students took part in Mangalore, which included 1,678 students from Sharada Vidyalaya and Pre University College. Other students were from Zilla Panchayat Model Primary School, Karambaru; Government Primary School, Malali; Government Primary School Deralakatte; Government Primary and High School, Bokkapatna; Madhusudhan Kushe Pre University College, Attavar; Government High School of Vamanjoor, Jokatte and Moodushedde.
Health Minister U T Khader, ADC K A Dayanand, AC Dr R Prashanth, DDPI Moses Jayashekhar and Tahshildar K Mohan Rao separately declared the completion of the attempt. The previous Guinness record in mass Yoga was set by Gwaliar in 2005, where 29,000 people participated.
In a stage function held prior to the mass Yoga performance, Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader said that it is essential to have a young generation with sound body and sound mind, in order to fulfill the dream of India securing the first position in the world. Yoga can cure the diseases, which cannot be cured with medication. Yoga is complimentary towards building a healthy nation, he added.
Raksha, a PU student who participated in the mass yoga said that it was a nice experience to be a part of an attempt for Guinness record. “For the programme, we practiced yoga since last Monday,” she added.
Sharada PU College Principal Dr Leela Upadhyaya, Sharada Vidyalaya Principal Sunitha Madi, Shanthivana Trust Medical Officer Dr Prashanth Shetty, Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (Dakshina Kannada) Director Sampath Kumar and Sharada Vidyalaya President M B Puranik were present.
A total of 44,269 students assembled in as many as 37 centers in the district to be part of the largest yoga class ‘ Yoga for future‘.
A total of 11,288 students participated in seven centers. In Byndoor zone, 3,358 students in three centers took part in the largest Yoga class, while in Kundapur 13,538 students took part in 14 centers, in Brahmavar, 7,396 students practiced Yoga in six centers, in Udupi 8,689 students participated in seven centers and in Karkala, 2,344 students performed Yoga in Mahatma Ghandi Memorial College premises. Udupi Government PU College Principal Radhamani and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial PU College Principal Malati Devi were present.
The District in-charge minister and Minister for Urban development Vinay Kumar Sorake who flagged off the event said that the event is held all over the erstwhile district. He said that the event is a confidence-building measure among students. The minister hoped that the event will find recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The entire event was videographed with two officials monitoring the event. In each centre, a group of 50 students was monitored by a teacher.
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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.
Whitney Bryen can be reached at 303-684-5274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.