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Students at Forest Hills and Westridge helping set Guinness World Record

Effort seeks to beat last year's record for 'Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day'

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Fifth-grader Henry Butler stacks cups at Westridge Elementary School during World Sport Stacking Associations quest to set the Guinness World Record for Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day on Nov. 17.All over the world — and at Forest Hills and Westridge elementary

schools in Lake Oswego — groups of people were speed-stacking cups last week.

It was all part of the World Sport Stacking Association’s quest to set the Guinness World Record for “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.” The number the two local schools and other groups intended to beat was last year’s WSSA record: 618,394 participants.

The goal was actually 625,000 participants, and more than that registered by the day of the event. But a final count was not available as of press time.

On Nov. 17, groups including the local elementary schools had at least 25 members participating in speed-stacking activities. Just as competitors do in stacking contests, the children were timed while they created cup stacks in various sequences and then dismantling them.

Westridge P.E. teacher Louise Gaustad carries the competition with her wherever she goes; in previous years, she’s held it at Lake Grove and Oak Creek elementary schools. Why have students perform this record-breaking game?

“It uses both sides of the brain, the body and helps improve hand-eye coordination,” she previously has told The Review. “It improves your focus and attention, so kids become better at math, at reading ... at athletics. And it’s very fun. ... It brings light to our school.”

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Forest Hills fourth-grader Aiden Spady puts the final cup on a pyramid that a whole student team was stacking together. Forest Hills P.E. teacher Melinda McDonald says she likes the event because it gets the kids moving, and because it’s not just athletes who can join in the fun of speed stacking.

“Anyone can do it,” McDonald says.

Forest Hills fifth-graders Jared Mitsui and Fiona Coleman say a good time was had by all.

“With practice, you can get as fast as you want to be, and go for those records,” Jared says.

Fiona was excited that she won a competition at her school’s event.“It’s really fun,” she says. “You can learn some hand-eye coordination.”

By Jillian Daley
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