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Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News
Students at Eisenhower Junior High set a Guinness World Record \\\\— their fourth \\\\— for the fastest human conveyor belt.

Eisenhower Junior High students will go down in the record books again.

On Thursday students took aim to set three more world records at the school. They emerged two hours later with a few bruises and tired fingers but nonetheless victorious — setting two out of three.

One hundred Eisenhower students lay down next to each other to create the fastest human conveyor belt. They couldn't use their hands or their legs — they had to transfer the object only by rolling their bodies.

In two attempts, the students shattered the previous record, making it in two minutes flat. The former record was over three minutes.

Next up: K.C. Williams, a West Valley resident who held the Guinness World Record for the largest number of balloons blown up in one hour — 661. He came up short with 612, but his attempt helped students break the record for longest balloon chain made in one hour.

As fast as he blew them up, students rushed to create a balloon chain that wound all around the gym stretching 708 feet. That beat the previous record by almost 100 feet.

The school now holds a total of four world records. In 1987 they made the Mega Loaf, the biggest loaf of bread that was ever baked — 307 pounds. And 2004 was the year of the Mega Chain, a paper clip chain that stretched 22.17 miles.

"If there is anything that could be a unifying source in the school, with all the types of kids we have, it would be when you can have something that brings everybody together for a common goal and world records definitely do that," said Clayton Brough, a geography teacher at the school.

He said it also teaches creativity, teamwork and logistics. And Brough doesn't plan to stop at four records. In May Brough said that they will attempt another two; however, he wants to keep what they are under wraps until then.

"It was so fun. It's like a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and it was cool to be a part of it," said Laura Smith, 15, who was a link in the human conveyer belt.

The school invited a couple of city engineers to be the official witnesses in the record setting.

The records are submitted the "Guinness Book of World Records" in London, "The Book of Alternative Records" in Germany and "The Skousen Book of Mormon World Records" in Utah.


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