August 30, 2015

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‘Project Blue Line’ may have set record in memory of dead students

More than 1,800 people dressed in blue T-shirts lined up along Brunswick’s Center Road on Sunday afternoon in an attempt to set a world record.  A celebration following the event in Brunswick drew people of all ages to dance, play cornhole and get free food. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

More than 1,800 people dressed in blue T-shirts lined up along Brunswick’s Center Road on Sunday afternoon in an attempt to set a world record. A celebration following the event in Brunswick drew people of all ages to dance, play cornhole and get free food. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Question: What’s got 3,672 legs and may have set a record Sunday?

Answer: 1,836 people who stood along Center Road in Brunswick to form the longest line of people wearing blue T-shirts in remembrance of seven high school students who’ve died since June 2012.

(NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

(NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Rosevine Azap, a 15-year-old junior at Brunswick High School, said she was glad she was involved in “Project Blue Line.”

“It’s just amazing because it started off as such a small idea,” she said. “It was almost a joke at first, and then we realized we could actually do this.”

The event raised more than $5,000 for two nonprofit organizations: the Blue Pride Foundation, which was formed in the wake of student deaths and helps Brunswick families in need, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with terminal illnesses.

Students weren’t trying to set a Guinness World Record. Instead, they hoped to record the feat on www.record-setter.com, where visitors can self-submit evidence that they set a record and others can try to challenge or beat them.

The record-setting event was the brainchild of Patrick Meidenbauer, a St. Ignatius student and member of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish.

The church was also attended by four Brunswick students who were killed in a car crash in June 2012, marking the start of a string of tragedies for the city’s high-schoolers.

Kevin Fox, 18, Jeffrey Chaya, 18, Blake Bartchak, 17, and Lexi Poerner, 16, were killed after Chaya’s car crashed into a ditch and tree on Boston Road in Columbia Station.

In the two years since the crash, three other Brunswick students lost their lives: Brunswick senior Cora Flemming died in May 2013 after a battle with cancer, and two students — freshman Matthew Homyk and senior Anthony Gill — were found dead in what police say were suicides three days apart in January.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.


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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He has been with The Gazette since September 2012 and also serves as the newspaper's web editor. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.