Swanton Middle School held its Fourth annual Amazing Shake competition on Tuesday, March 1. School officials have been working hard to make this already successful event better each year.
The program is inspired by the National Amazing Shake Competition that is held every year at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Amazing Shake is a competition that focuses on building essential skills in students, placing strong emphasis on manners, discipline, respect, and professional behavior. To demonstrate these skills, students will work their way through “The Gauntlet.”
There are multiple stations in“The Gauntlet” with each putting students’ abilities to the test. They must show great poise and confidence in personal interactions as well as exhibit effective management skills.
The Gauntlet stations include a “Dining Drive,” which requires students to be able to courteously place an order, interact appropriately with a waiter, and use proper dining etiquette. The “Interview Alley” and “Conversation Circle” tests students’ communication skills as they answer questions in an interview setting and engage others in conversation.
In the “Know the News” and “Faces in the News” stations, students are assessed on their knowledge of important world events and their ability to recognize influential people in the world. “Appointment Alley” judges the students communication skills in real life situations that he or she may encounter over the phone.
“Dress to Impress” focuses on professional attire and presenting themselves in a positive light.
The students will be rated in each of the stations and then the points will be totaled for an overall score. The highest score this year belonged to Andrew Koder.
The highest placers move on to the second round and a final winner will be selected after the third and final round later this spring.
Swanton Middle School thanked the members of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation who will serve as judges as well as the many community members who volunteer for the competition. “We are grateful for their time and willingness to interact with our students,” said Principal Matt Smith.