Lanier's World-Record-Setting Tamalada

April 3, 2012

It’s Official:

Unprecedented educational experience results in World-Record-Setting Tamalada

SAISD announced today that Lanier High School received confirmation from Guinness World Records officials that their evidence was approved and the West Side campus has been awarded the world record for “The most tamales made in a 12-hour period.”

The official Guinness World Record certificate was presented to the students at an assembly at 2:00 p.m. today, April 3, 2012.

Making the milestone even more significant are the lessons Lanier students learned in order to achieve it: business, math, science, culture and teamwork.

  • Business and Finance magnet students created a business plan
  • Culinary Arts students measured, cooked and taught
  • Spanish classes had a cultural lesson and experience
  • Students and community reached a goal together

Preparing for a world record

On Dec. 6, 2011, Lanier students, joined by those from neighboring SAISD school,  and members of the surrounding community immersed themselves in a learning-frenzy -- in this case a tamalada -- that has now proven to be a successful attempt to set a world record through the Guinness Book of World Records.

More lessons learned

Lanier Business and Finance Magnet students prepared the entire business plan, designed a flier, created all the forms for calculated information to submit to Guinness,

created a caricature for publicity, weighed all the completed tamales, translated all individual pound measures to grams.

Culinary Arts students measured all ingredients, cooked and prepared tamales for assembling.  They also taught the more than 1,300 participants who came to help make the tamales.

Spanish classes/students  received a lesson in culture, along with hearing stories of traditional tamaladas from older residents who had come to help.

All students -- including those from elementary and middle feeder schools -- learned what goes into a tamal and how to prepare tamales for steaming.  

Students learned to speak to media through interviews and by an appearance on a morning TV show.  Students also learned that when a community sets out together to meet a goal, it can be done!

Some “students” were well-known community members, making their first tamal: District 125 State Rep. Joaquín Castro, writer Cary Clack, and others.


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