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Jefferson Elementary attempts to break sport stacking record

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneJefferson Elementary students, along with principal Brad Smith (left), work on cup stacking techniques in the school gym Thurdsay during P.E. class.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneJefferson Elementary students practice cup stacking techniques in the school gym Thurdsay during class.

Dear students, forget jogging at Jefferson Elementary School — at least for 30 minutes.

From Nov. 16-18, students there spent that time sport stacking, an individual or team effort of assembling 9-12 plastic cups on top of one another in predetermined sequences the fastest. The Mail Tribune and other media outlets were invited, at the invitation of the Medford School District, this past week to watch the students stack.

Three-hundred ninety students participated in the 2021 World Sport Stacking Association World Record challenge for the “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations.”

The association is encouraging people to join 645,000 people around the world to participate in the challenge to beat the world record of 638,503 stackers. As of Friday afternoon, the association says 351,888 people are part of the challenge.

A district spokeswoman said Jefferson Elementary physical education teacher Kari Henson, who helped organize the competition at her school, would submit data taken over three days to the association. It won’t be for several more weeks until the school finds out whether the world record was beaten.

“I am very hopeful that Jefferson’s effort will help break the world record,” Henson wrote in an email. “If not, this was a great experience for myself and my students and we can always try again next year.”

Henson added having her students try to beat the cup-stacking world record allows them to work on hand-eye coordination and concentration activity.

“Using both hands help make those connections between both brain hemispheres, which helps in every aspect of learning, not just physical activity,” she wrote.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.