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ONLY ON 3: Student thinks leap frog record will teach important lesson

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A high school student is going leaps and bounds above the requirements to score well in school and have a showing for the record books.

Leap Frog is a simple game, and you probably played it as a kid. Now an Ashley High School student is playing this game to break a world record and teach a valuable lesson in the process.

Ashley senior Gary O'Neill is on a mission. He's trying to break the Guinness World Records title of largest leap frog game set in New Zealand.

"The record right now is 1,348, and in the school we have 1,800," O'Neill said. "By breaking the record I'm raising awareness for kids and the challenges they face in their life. I'm hopefully trying to get them to realize that they're not alone."

O'Neill says his goal is to show that by working together, we can achieve great things.

Ashley principal Kenneth Bowen says O'Neill not only is helping to put the school on the map, but he's going above and beyond as a positive influence on other students.

"Gary has grown tremendously as a leader this year," Bowen said. "He's one of our student athletes. He's a leader out on the soccer field. He's grown as a leader in the classroom, and I think a lot of that has been promoted through the leadership that it's taken to initiate this project."

O'Neill says it has been hard work, but he knows the event, scheduled for November 30, is paying off.

"There have been a lot of challenges, a lot of times that I wonder is this really going to be worth it? But it is so far. It's been a great learning experience," O'Neill said.

Ashley students will all report to the leap frog set-up on November 30 at 2:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend but not participate.

O'neill hopes his project is successful so he breaks the record and gets a good grade on his project.

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