Great Shake

George Walton Academy pupil Rosemary Ferguson shakes hands with judge Michael Morris during The Great Shake competition, which sought to teach middle school students at GWA how to conduct interview and make a good impression on people.

The Great Shake is a competition placing an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and professional conduct.

Prior to the competition, students learn the nuances of professional human interaction as they are taught skills such as how to give a proper handshake, how to “work a room,” how to give a successful interview, and how to remain composed under pressure. The goal is to prepare students so they are able to present themselves exceptionally well for opportunities today as well as those coming in the future. Some of the categories the students were coached on were proper handshake, eye contact, poise, sense of humor, charming qualities, adaptability, cultural greetings, and active listening.

The final three winners were Josh Woodard, sixth grade; Catherine Atkinson, seventh grade; and Kailee Lewis, eighth grade. The overall winner of the event was Catherine Atkinson.

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