For The Record…


Davina Lewis, Editor

“It gave everyone a sense of pride and unity for Tennessee VOLS.”


March 29, 2017. A legendary day for the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Approximately 4,223 UT alumni, students, and staff gathered on the Neyland Stadium field to form what would be the largest human letter ever, shattering the record to pieces with pride and dedication.

The conquer took place at around 5:30 in the morning. In order to keep track of the participants (for the record book) student ID’s were scanned, alumni’s tickets were checked, and everyone received a free orange t-shirt (for color unity, of course). As far as concessions go, there were free donuts and coffee or water. There was a DJ, Al Roker, and WBIR news present, along with the Guinness World Records officials. As “souvenirs,” foam fingers and Al Roker face cutouts were handed out for all to keep.

When in the “T” formation, after standing in 50 or so minutes of anticipation, the countdown was on. Confetti showered the field in celebration as the final seconds lapsed.

Locally, it’s been a topic of dignity. Carly Lance (11) is a student at LCHS that agrees with the pride of such an accomplishment.

“It’s nice to know that there is so much support,” said Lance, regarding the fact that there were so many participants to break this record.  

To everyone there, it was a day to not be forgotten; not only is it kept in their memories, but it is printed in the books for all to remember. Overall, such an occasion is one that will remain etched in the minds of those who took part in such an achievement.