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Kids in Utah schools stack cups for world record

By Mike Anderson | Posted - Nov. 19, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.


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BOUNTIFUL -- Diane Horn is leading kids in a fourth-grade class at Hannah Holbrook Elementary School in a different kind of physical activity.

The class joins kids at about a dozen Utah schools in a new world record for the most people speed-stacking cups at the same time. It was a worldwide effort with schools from more than a couple-dozen schools participating.

Cup-stacking takes a certain kind of skill that is sometimes more involved than you might think.

"It's all a pattern. Kids have to memorize a pattern," Horn said. "They have to work with both hands, so working with both hands, cup stacking, really increases brain-capacity."

Kids can get stacking pretty fast, and as they get better, and faster, they pick up a little added self-confidence. Just like they would with other interests, some of these fourth-graders take it on themselves to practice at home.

"It's fabulous, because a lot of my kids that don't excel at sports, can be really good a cup-stacking," Horn said.

But the world record isn't about skill or speed, it's about the number of people stacking on the same day. The goal was to get more than 350-thousand people stacking all in the same 24-hour period.

Email:manderson@ksl.com.

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