The rapid-fire smack smack smack of hundreds of high-fives filled the cafeteria at Heritage High School on Tuesday, as a line of about 150 high school students slapped palms with the school mascot, a timber wolf, in an attempt to break the world record for most high-fives by a mascot in one minute.
The record, for what it’s worth, is 128, and was set by the mascot of the University of Indianapolis, a greyhound named Ace, according to Guinness World Records.
“It’s shared experience, having something positive going into the break,” said Justin Tanner, dean of students at the high school in east Vancouver.
School resource officer Brendan McCarthy said the holidays can be a difficult time for Heritage High School students. According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, about 48.9 percent of Heritage students receive free or reduced-price lunch, a barometer of poverty.
McCarthy organized the mass high-five in order to take students’ minds off the stress the holidays can bring.
“My job is to try to come in and connect with as many kids as I can,” McCarthy said.
It’s unclear how many students high-fived Terry the T-Wolf, played Tuesday by Heritage High School senior Robbie Meadors. Students and staff took videos of the feat and will review it to count the number of high-fives. McCarthy estimates about 150 students stood in line, and most were high-fived twice, so the total could be nearly 300.
Dressed as the Hulk, senior Chase Hendy did a trial run with his fellow students, running down the line and slapping fives with each student.
“I feel like it brings the school together more,” he said.