High-five chain falls short

LEWISTOWN – 1,342 high-fives weren’t enough to break a world record.

Alex Angert, representative for the Guinness World Records management team, delivered the news Monday evening in an email to Kelly Manning, a teacher at Lewistown Intermediate School who organized an effort to claim the title for the longest high-five chain.

Manning rallied support this spring from students, teachers and administrators at LIS and Mifflin County Middle School. Everyone lined up at 8:30 a.m. May 2 on the athletic fields between the schools – with one hand in the air, ready to receive and deliver high-fives from and to their neighbors.

The group attempted to beat the world record for a chain of 1,110 high-fives, set by a hotel in Hawaii. According to Angert’s email, the schools’ effort fell short of its goal.

LIS and MCMS clapped hands 1,342 times, and every high-five was recorded on video and submitted for consideration to Guinness World Records.

However, Guinness received another claim just days before Lewistown’s attempt. A record of 1,391 high-fives was set and approved by NU Skin Greater China at the Shanghai Expo Center in Shanghai, China, Angert said.