Swanton Middle School has announced this year’s Amazing Shake competition will be March 2 at 8:30 a.m. The program, inspired by the National Amazing Shake Competition that is held every year at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, was a big success locally last spring.
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” 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 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.
Also, there will be a few new surprises for the students this year.
The students will be rated in each of the stations and then the points will be totaled for an overall score. The top 20 students will move on to the second round of the competition. One final winner will be chosen during the third and final round that will happen later in the spring.
Last year’s winner was Sydney Ruiz.
Swanton Middle School officials recognized the efforts of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, with members who will serve as judges for the competition.
“We are grateful for their time and willingness to interact with our students,” said Principal Matt Smith. “We would not be able to provide this meaningful opportunity to our students without them.”
Those interested in partnering with middle school or supporting the Swanton Seven Initiative in any way, area aked to contact Matt Smith or Leigh Pancoast at (419) 826-4016.