Students at Alcorta Elementary will ring in the new year with a very special international title: world record holder.

Earlier this fall, students in the Physical Education program at Alcorta Elementary took on the unique challenge of breaking the world record for most people speed cup stacking at the same time. Speed stacking involves students stacking cups in various sequences as quickly as possible. Under the leadership of Coach Sharon Gilley, who has been incorporating speed stacking into physical education classes since 2008, Alcorta students synergized with people from around the world to try and break the 2019 record of 638,503 people stacking at the same time. Students and adults from more than 20 countries took part in this event, including people living in Hungary, Germany, Israel, South Korea, and New Zealand.

Coach Gilley kept a live time tracker on her Promethean panel each day as her PE classes participated in this record-breaking effort. After returning from Thanksgiving break, students and staff at Alcorta learned that they helped set a brand new record with 734,712 people speed stacking at the same time worldwide! Alcorta students also earned the distinction of being the only students and school in Abilene to participate in this new record.

Congratulations to our Alcorta Buffaloes for their outstanding world record!