By Zandra Wolfgram
It’s that time of year to shake things up. For the second year, Seaside Neighborhood School students are participating in The Amazing Shake.
“This national competition places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect and professional conduct,” principal Kim Mixson says. “We know our amazing students will step up to the challenge to make us proud, as they always do.”
Prior to the competition, students learn the nuances of professional decorum by interacting with local business leaders. They learn 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 our students so that they are able to present and position themselves in the best possible way for opportunities today as well as those that will come in the future,” Mixson says.
In January, students participated in The Amazing Seaside Shake. At this event, small groups of students “ran the gauntlet” by participating in several activity stations including interviewing, table manners, public speaking, even how to handle themselves on the golf course. After the sessions, students were treated to frozen custard, and were encouraged to mix and mingle with visitors and students. They were encouraged to introduce themselves, carry a conversation, engage politely with peers and visitors and welcome incoming guests.
After the event, 20 students were selected to advance to Round Two of The Amazing Seaside Shake. This round was held at Thrills Laser Tag and Arcade, where students participated in interviews and a 30-second commercial for Thrills. Eight students (Annie Rose Allen, George Bailey, Piper Kurfirst, Gigi O’Connell, Emily Rovner, Lola Sennett, Jaime Sumpter and Lainy Whitten) advanced to the Final Round which was held at Bud & Alleys Waterfront Restaurant.
In the final round students had a meet and greet with judges, a “Mind Your Manners” dessert round, and addressed the entire group for a final question.