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Prescott High School attempts Guinness Book World Record

The Daily Courier/
Jo. L. Keener<p>
Students and staff of Prescott High School attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Breakdance Hand Wave Tuesday on Bill Shepherd field in 
Prescott.

The Daily Courier/ Jo. L. Keener<p> Students and staff of Prescott High School attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Breakdance Hand Wave Tuesday on Bill Shepherd field in Prescott.

PRESCOTT - Prescott High School could soon find itself in the Guinness Book of World Records.

According to official judges Prescott Councilwoman Mary Ann Suttles and United Way Executive Director Tammy Linn, the PHS students and staff members successfully completed the longest continuous break-dance hand wave.

The students and staff, including Principal Totsy McCraley and Superintendent Kevin Kapp, gathered on the football field Tuesday in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record.

"What a great thing to do in Prescott in the spring," said Kapp.

English teacher Jennifer Walker said the goal was to break the current record of 795 people.

"Our target is 1,400 to 1,500 people doing the wave," Walker said.

The unofficial count was 1,359 people, a little short of the goal, but still enough to smash the old record by 564.

PHS Sophomore Ashley Heuer, a member of the world record organizing team, said the attempt "is exciting. There are a lot of kids, more than I thought would be here."

Suttles and Linn watched as the break-dance wave made its way through 16 serpentine rows of participants.

The judges kept a close eye as the wave made the turn at the end of each of the rows and made its way to the next turn.

After the wave made its way from beginning to end, Suttles and Linn gave their official ruling: success. None of the 1,359 participants let go of their neighbors' hands.

Suttles said the effort was "wave fun. This is the first time I have been asked to be a judge for an effort to set a Guinness World Record. Everything has to be done correctly."

Linn said the world record attempt was an "exciting event. It shows that when people work together they can break records and do anything."

Walker said the idea to try to break a world record came after one of her English students read the Guinness Book of World Records.

The students talked about what record they could break and eventually decided on the break-dance wave record.

Members of the PHS Parent, Teacher, Student Association helped gather the signatures of every student, adult and staff member on the football field.

"I think this is one of those events that the students will look back on in 20 years and remember," McCraley said. "I am ecstatic to see how many kids and staff members participated."

Walker will submit all the paperwork, including the judges' official letters and the signature sheets, to Guinness World Records. She said the organization takes about six weeks to respond.

With this successful effort, Walker is already looking forward to next year, when "the senior class will try to set a new world record for 'head, shoulders, knees and toes,'" she said.

Contact the reporter at prhoden@prescottaz.com

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