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Kesslers students join record attempt at cup stacking
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Fort Stewart soldiers mentor Kessler Elementary Students Thursday as they take part in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of Work Records for the most people cup stacking at the same time globally. - photo by Randy C.Murray

About 175 students at Fort Stewart’s Kessler Elementary School attempted a world record in cup stacking Thursday.

KES teacher Chelsea Talley said the students attempted to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people cup stacking worldwide. Each student received a sticker and certificate for participating, she said. The school won’t immediately if the record was broken.

The students were not alone in their endeavor. More than a dozen soldiers served as mentors who worked directly with the students as each group of students lined a long table in the school gym. Talley said students actively engaged in cup stacking for 30 minutes per class. She said the soldiers’ presence encouraged the students, many of whom have parents currently deployed. Students and soldiers enjoyed the stacking exercise, Talley said.

One of those soldiers, Spc. Vance Ortegon, agreed. The 23-year-old soldier assigned to the 1stBattalion, 76thField Artillery, 4thInfantry Brigade Combat Team, said he has younger siblings at home. The cup-stacking competition gave him an opportunity to interact with kids again, which was something he enjoyed. He admitted it was something different than his daily routine, but said it was a “really fun experience.”

Talley said it was the first time Kessler had taken apart in the world record attempt, explaining that Brittin Elementary on Fort Stewart participated last year. Brittin participated again this year, she said.

For the full story, see Wednesday’s Coastal Courier.

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