Cup stacking is serious stuff at Charlotte DeHart

Posted: March 1, 2013

The Winchester Star

First-grader Hannah Williams practices stacking cups Thursday afternoon.
Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School fourth-grade students Joshua Corsnitz (left) and Tonio Jimenez take part in cup-stacking competition Thursday afternoon at the school. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Winchester School Board Chairman John Bishop works as a judge Thursday afternoon during the competition.
Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School fifth-grader Ian Shuster was one of the judges Thursday afternoon for the cup-stacking competition at the school. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Camryn Steadman jumped up and down and raised her hands in victory.

A smile spread across her tiny face.

The first-grade student at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School had just dropped almost four seconds in the school’s annual speedstacking tournament after three consecutive tries.

“It got easier and easier,” she said. “The speed is kinda my favorite thing. I wanted to do cup stacking since I was 4 or 5.”

The Winchester school holds the annual tournament for first- through fourth-graders; it is the only school in the division to hold such a tournament. Tables are set up in the gym, and students practice stacking 12 specially made cups before they are called to a timer’s table to get clocked.

This year, more than 60 students participated.

“Any age or ability level can do it,” said gym teacher Shelly Lee. “From a 2-year-old to a 100-year-old.”

The students practice the exercise during gym class. Lee said stacking cups helps with fine-motor skills, identifying patterns and eye-hand coordination.

“You get to work on your speed,” said fourth-grader Tonio Jimenez.

Fourth-grader Joshua Corsnitz said he practices with Sheetz cups at home.

“You get to have fun, and it helps you on your technique with your fingers,” he said, which then helps in football and baseball.

Daniel Morgan Middle School fifth-grader Ian Shuster, who was a former champion at the tournament, was invited to be a judge/timer at Thursday’s event.

“It’s fun because you can stack and have fun with it and stack forever,” Shuster said.

— Contact Rebecca Layne atrlayne@winchesterstar.com