MAJ Richards Boyce has been teaching Missouri Military Academy middle school cadets about a famous Guinness World Record holder from the region. Robert Wadlow spent his adult life standing 8 feet, 11 inches tall until his death in 1940. Residing in Alton, Illinois, about 30 minutes north of St. Louis, people came from miles around to meet the tallest measured person in history.
This week, cadets have been using proportional measurement to convey just how tall Wadlow was on paper. Boyce presented a scale drawing of Wadlow’s hand, and then asked the cadets to “construct” the rest of his body on paper using the measurements of his hand.