Some things are simply worth flipping over.
Such as the world record consecutive back handsprings, which 14-year-old Crossland Ninth Grade Center student Cody Welch now owns.
Kristen Titus, the cheer sponsor at Crossland where Cody is also on the cheerleading squad, said she confirmed his record of 36 consecutive back handsprings with the Guinness folks a couple weeks ago.
In fact, last night Cody was attempting to break his own record by going for 40 or even 50 in a row during pregame activities of the Granbury Pirates’ homecoming football game.
“After 36, it seemed decently easy,” said Cody. “I’m a little nervous. A lot of people will be watching.”
Cody is used to pressure, however. He began tumbling at age 7 and has won numerous awards, including a bronze medal this past summer in the National Junior Olympics, his fourth straight trip to the annual competition.
Cody said he first heard of the previous record of 34 after a Dallas television station did a story about a girl who performed that feat. After some encouragement from a friend’s parent, he decided to go for the record himself.
“My friend’s mom saw it on the news,” he said. “Me and a friend then went down to City Park and I went for it.
“I just planned on beating it by one, but wound up beating it by two.”
The friend got his accomplishment on the video of his I-Phone.
“This shows all teenagers they can do anything if they try,” Titus said. “This is a very difficult thing to do.”
Cody is the first male cheerleader at Crossland in more than a decade, Titus said. He hopes to continue cheering into college.
“Most of my friends think it’s pretty cool, being a cheerleader,” Cody said. “I get teased by some, but it’s nothing I can’t handle.”
Cody also plays basketball and wants to play on the varsity. In addition, he sings in the choir and maintains a solid A/B grade-point average.
“Cody is a strong leader and a wonderful student,” Titus said.
Cody said he wants to incorporate gymnastics and cheerleading into his entire life, perhaps even opening his own gym someday.
And he would love to see one of his students break his record.
“That would be pretty cool, actually,” he said.
Her cup runneth over
After donating 11,115 ounces (86 gallons) of breast milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, Alicia Richman of Granbury is listed with Guinness World Records. The donation came over a 9-month period from June 9, 2011 through March 28, 2012.
The milk is provided for babies with a medical need for breast milk, mostly preemies – babies born prematurely.
“She’s provided about 30,000 feedings,” said Simone Summerlin, who is the donor program coordinator at the milk bank in Fort Worth.
After Richman’s son was born 19 months ago, she started pumping milk “because I had so much milk, and he wasn’t eating that much.”
Knowing that she would return to work when her baby was 10 weeks old, Richman starting freezing the breast milk for future use. By pumping, she made sure that her baby would have breast milk at the child care center.
The milk started accumulating in her freezer, and soon filled her mom’s freezer too.
“I knew that some moms don’t have enough milk, so I didn’t want to just throw it down the drain,” Richman explained. “It’s like liquid gold.”
The young mother researched milk banks on the Internet and found the nonprofit Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.
“I contacted the milk bank, and they arranged for a courier to pick up the milk,” the 2002 Granbury graduate explained.
“The first time, he came with a small cooler, not realizing how much milk I would have,” Richman said with a giggle. “After that, he brought two big coolers (to transport the frozen milk).”
It was not Richman’s intent to set a world record – it just turned out that way.
“At first,” she said, “we were just joking about it, because I was producing so much milk. Then I looked it up and found out there was actually a world record – and I was already there!”
Richman said when she has another baby, she hopes to beat her own record for breast milk donations. But she may have some friendly competition. “My twin sister had a baby 10 days ago. Everyone is saying that she might try to beat my record,” said.
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