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Taiwanese high school challenges Guinness record on 65th anniversary

2012/04/14 18:43:45

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) More than 10,000 alumni of the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University, led by PremierSean Chen, joined together in singing the school's song Saturday in a bid to set a world record during the school's 65th anniversarycelebration.

The school was looking to break a Guinness World Record that was set in January this year when 15,243 people in India sang a national/regional anthem simultaneously.

All participants received a commemorative bookmark with a barcode on it, which was scanned as they entered the campus to track the number of people there, said Li Chi-lung, a director of the Taipei school.

Videos of Saturday's event will be submitted to the Guinness organization for evaluation, he said, but he did not divulge the exact number of participants recorded.

The school, established in 1947, is one of the few prestigious public high schools in Taiwan that is coeducational.

Apart from the premier, alumni participating in the event included Central Election Commission Chairwoman Chang Po-ya, Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung, and entertainers Na Dou and Serina Liu.

Chen, who graduated from the school 45 years ago, said he was proud to be a part of the school and noted that singing its alma mater had become a staple at school reunions.

(By Johnson Sun and Jamie Wang)