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Last weekend, the students of Les Roches in Switzerland got together to set a record for the “most nationalities in a swimming pool” in the Guinness Book of World Records (GWR).
At the same time, they raised money for the Save the Children charity. The participating students represented 82 nationalities from different divisions including Food & Beverage, Chefs, Service, and Rooms Division. They braved the chilly waters of Les Roches’ outdoor swimming pool in a show of community spirit and appreciation for cultural diversity.
This event was coordinated with the help of the Student Services Team and attended by 2 official judicators who were there to oversee and report to the GWR (Mrs Sandra Crettenand – Director of Sales, Marketing & Communication of Crans-Montana Tourism, and Mr Paul-Albert Clivaz – President of Commune de Randogne & Notary), as well as 2 experienced timekeepers (Mr Mario Spatoliatore representing Swiss Ski & Snowboard School, La Tzoumaz & Mr Lionel Nanchen representing Virage Sports, Vercorin).
Every semester, Les Roches welcomes more than 1,300 students from countries around the world and there are currently 92 student nationalities on campus. Diversity is a cherished part of the “Les Roches way of life” and the students of Les Roches cultivate every opportunity to show their school spirit during the dynamic events and fund-raisers that are a frequent part of student life. Last weekend, they raised 2,200 CHF for the educational appeals of the Save the Children charity. Originally, the idea of setting a world record came from recent alumnus, Konstantin Eberle (Valedictorian of Bachelor of Business Administration June 2011). The record for the “most nationalities in a swimming pool” is a new record that is now being verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
This memorable event drew considerable praise and interest on the school Facebook page with more than 1,200 “likes” in one day.