TJR breaks World Record for longest human circuit
May 31, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
District Contact: Rayanne Schmid, communications coordinator
936-569-5000, ext. 8845 (office) or 936-585-1518 (Cell)
NACOGDOCHES —Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts buzzed with excitement Friday morning as news spread that the school was successful in its bid to become Guinness World Record holders.
TJR fourth grade science teacher Michael Armand received an email confirming that the school set the world record on March 8 for forming the longest human electrical circuit with 669 people.
“I can confirm that we have completed the review,” wrote Sam Mason of Guinness World Records. “I am pleased to inform you that your application has been successful, and that you are now Guinness World Record holders. Congratulations! A certificate and congratulatory letter will be on its way to you in the coming weeks.”
The school decided to challenge the current record– 392 people — after Armand worked with his students on a miniature version in class.
One of the students asked Armand what the world record was for number of the people in a circuit, and the teacher decided to pursue the idea.
After a few practice runs, the school lined the parameter of the playground. When instructed, they linked hands. TJR principal Malinda Lindsey served as the central link, holding the golf-ball sized, low-voltage energy ball that linked the rectangle of students and staff together.
The ball blinked red and made beeping sounds while the circuit remained complete.
The attempt was documented in accordance to the rules and regulations established by the Guinness World Records, and submitted for approval.
While the school was confident of its success in breaking the record, Friday’s email made it official.