On March 12, seventh graders at Swanton Middle School will participate in the school’s first Amazing Shake Competition. This local event is inspired by the National Amazing Shake Competition held every year at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Ga.
The Amazing Shake is a competition that focuses on building soft skills in students, placing strong emphasis on manners, discipline, respect, and professional behavior. To demonstrate these skills, students will work their way through what is known as The Gauntlet.
“This event is a perfect way to practice and showcase the Swanton 7 skills we are working with the students on this year,” said Swanton Middle School Principal Matt Smith. “It also gives our students a chance to apply these skills with adults they may not be familiar with and situations that are hard to replicate in the course of a typical school day.”
There are seven stations in The Gauntlet and each will put 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 three real life situations that he or she may encounter over the phone. At the “Bed Making” station, students will be evaluated on their ability to neatly make a bed in 60 seconds. Lastly, “Dress to Impress” focuses on professional attire and presenting themselves in a positive light.
The students will be rated in each of the stations, then their points will be totaled for an overall score. The top 20 students will move to the second round of the competition, to be held in late April. A final winner will be chosen during the third and final round in May.
“Swanton Middle School would like to thank the members of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, who will serve as judges for the competition. We are grateful for their time and willingness to interact with our students,” said Assistant Principal Leigh Pancoast. “We would not be able to provide this meaningful opportunity to our students without them”
Those interested in partnering with the school or supporting the Swanton Seven Initiative, can contact Matt Smith or Leigh Pancoast at (419) 826-4016.