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Calhoun Students Set World Record

Reported: May. 28, 2014 8:49 PM EDT
Updated: May. 29, 2014 10:20 PM EDT
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MT. ZION, W.Va. (Elizabeth Noreika) -- Calhoun County High School is making quite a name for itself, and it's one for the record books - the Guinness Book of World Records, to be more specific.

The crinkling of rolled-up plastic bags became a common sound in the halls, as students spent months stuffing them into chicken wire, until finally a giant whale took shape.

The daunting task earned the students the title of the most plastic bags in a sculpture.

Students in Ms. Richard's civics class collected and individually numbered 74,000 plastic grocery bags, many of which were contributed to the cause by the community. The previous record was 68,000 bags, set in Singapore.

The students voted on a theme, and, seeing as how most of the bags ended up being gray and blue, they decided on whales in water.

It was a sculpture to not only beat a world record, but to send a message about the importance of recycling and saving the environment.

An official Guinness judge came out to the school to verify the work that the students did.

Along the way, they were also tasked with keeping a record of their progress.



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