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sets new World Record for largest rock, paper, scissors tournament
By Fred Sherwin
10 rock, paper, scissors tournament finalist Kat
Wheatcroft prepares to throw down against Grade 10 finalist and eventual tournament
champion Cody Lombardo in the finals of the Guinness World Record breaking
event. Fred Sherwin/Photo
2005, Colonel By Secondary School was recognized by Maclean's magazine as
the third best academic high school in all of Canada, but now they have another
distinction that's arguably even more impressive.
1,161 students crammed into the school's hallways and common areas to set
a new Guinness World Record for staging the largest rock, paper, scissors
tournament ever held, pending certification by Guinness.
The current world
record is held by Brigham Young University which set the mark on April 11,
2008 with 826 participants.
the school's name in the Guinness Book of World Records and promoting school
spirit, the event also managed to raise over $2,000 for the Children's Hospital
of Eastern Ontario through student donations.
winner of the tournament was Grade 10 student Cody Lombardo, who defeated
Grade 11 representative Kat Wheatcroft in front of the entire student body
which was packed into the school gym for the semi-finals and final.
Lombardo won the
first throw down with paper over rock. In the second throw down, Wheatcroft
stuck to rock which trumped Lombardo's scissors to force a third and deciding
With the tension
in the gym at a fevered pitch, Lombardo and Wheatcroft shook their fists up
and down three times before revealing their hand symbol of choice. Wheatcroft
once again kept her fist clenched indicating rock, while Lombardo stretched
out his fingers palm down to form paper. The championship and title of rock,
paper, scissors champion was his.
The gymnasium went
wild. Several classmates of Lombardo's stormed the podium to lift him on their
shoulders -- their man had won the championship.
to reveal his strategy in the final, Lombardo answered matter of factly that
he in fact had no strategy.
"I just did
whatever popped into my head. It was pretty much luck," said Lombardo
as a steady stream of well-wishers patted him on the back.
emerged from the largest field ever assembled for a rock, paper, scissors
tournament as the grand champion, Lombardo didn't have much time to savour
his big win. After consuming a victory lunch, he had to return to class along
with everybody else.
The idea of the
record breaking attempt was the brainchild of teacher Cam Baird, who's been
trying to organize an Guinness World Record attempt for the past several years.
His first idea
was to stage the world's largest daisy chain on the Rideau Canal, but the
weather never cooperated. Then last fall he saw a story in Maclean's magazine
about the World Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship in Toronto, that's when
he came up with the idea for the tournament.
the help of the student council and most notable the assistance of co-student
president Mallorie Brodie and things started to snowball from there.
was conducted much in the same manner as the NCAA basketball tournament with
four brackets made up of the four different grade levels. The winner of each
bracket then represented his or her grade in the semi-finals.
The first semi-final
pitted Lombardo against Grade 9 representative Sheng-Yi Liu. After splitting
the first two throw downs, Lombardo beat Liu in the final round with paper
The second semi-final
saw Wheatcroft faceoff against Grade 12 winner Eric Koch. After Koch won the
first throw down with paper over rock, Wheatcroft came back to win round two
with scissors over paper. In the thrilling finale Wheatcroft used rock to
smash Koch's scissors and advance to the final.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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