TROY — Sixth graders at Van Cleve Elementary School got to take part in an attempt at a new Guiness World Record on Wednesday.
In celebration of Speed Stacks’ 20th anniversary and sponsored by the World Sport Stacking Association, participants were united across the world for this year’s “Stack Up!” challenge, in order to break the record of “most people sport stacking in multiple locations in one day.”
In 2016, 622,809 stackers participated to break the previous year’s “Stack Up!” record of 618,394.
The 2018 goal was to reach 635,000 participants — over 155 of those were from Van Cleve.
“This challenge was sent to us from the Speed Stacks people,” said Van Cleve physical education instructor Mary Ivan. “There are students all over the world taking part in this. It’s just 30 minutes of students cup-stacking. There’s a variety of different cup-stacking challenges offered, and we went with the team challenge. One person makes one move, and their partner makes the next move, and so on.”
Each participating student engaged in cup-stacking with a partner for 30 to 45 minutes, up-stacking and down-stacking various structures with cups at the fastest speeds possible.
“It was really enjoyable and fun,” said sixth grader Mia Luciano. “I’d never done anything like it before, and I really liked it.”
“I liked that we got to pick our own partners,” said sixth grader Mackenzie Davis. “It was much harder to do with a partner than to do by yourself, because you each can only use one hand.”
“It was fun working with partners, because if you got a really good score, you could celebrate together,” said sixth grader Morgan Maxwell.
“It’s something I’d love to repeat again next year,” Ivan said. “I think it encourages teamwork. Finding activities that give students not only an opportunity to work with others, but do so in a way that helps their brains grow is really positive.”
Sport stacking with Speed Stacks is now in more than 40,000 schools and organizations worldwide.
For more information, visit www.speedstacks.com or www.thewssa.com.