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Students at East Franklin Elementary have officially found their way into the pages of the Guinness World Records. Last Thursday, 421 students gathered throughout the day in the gym at East Franklin to participate in Guinness World Records Day. The students came prepared to join students from around the world working together to beat last year’s record set during the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event.”

During the course of the Guinness World Records Day, sport stackers from all corners of the world began stacking cups in various pyramids and prescribed patterns at lightning speed for at least 30 minutes, all combined with a variety of fitness activities.


A one-day workshop in building free personal and business websites will be offered Friday, Dec. 2, by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education.

Participants will learn how to create, design and publish personal Web pages on the Internet using no-cost online resources. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 137 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.


After a presentation given at October’s board of education meeting highlighting the District’s week-long intersession, School board members said the week appeared to be beneficial for the students who attended, but showed concern about whether the week was cost effective due to low participation numbers.

“One of our goals is to get our students reading and math scores up, and we looked at the intersession as a way to do that,” said board member Stephanie McCall. “I do not know all of the costs associated with the intersession yet, and I am waiting to get those figures. We have to be very cautious how we spend our money.”


Prospective Catamounts and their families will be converging in Cullowhee on Saturday, Nov. 12, as Western Carolina University holds its second Open House of the fall semester.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Open House is designed to give interested students an insider’s view of what life is like on the WCU campus. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the campus, learn about the university’s wide array of academic programs and extracurricular opportunities, and find out the important details of topics such as financial aid.

Open House will begin with registration and an academic fair located around the concourse of WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Following a 10 a.m. welcome session in the main arena of the Ramsey Center, visitors will have a chance to engage in more in-depth academic sessions led by faculty members from more than 25 WCU departments from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.


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