August 1, 2014

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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.