2nd Annual Amazing Shake Gauntlet
This year, 7th and 8th grade students from Central Valley Christian School, Sundale School, and Burton Middle School, gathered at TCOE to participate in The Gauntlet – round two of four segments of the Amazing Shake, a competition that places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and professional conduct. During the Gauntlet, students had two minutes in each of seven rooms to address real-life scenarios. Local industry partners observed as judges, scoring the students on their skills in handling a variety of situations, including presenting an administrator with the “Principal of the Year” award, consulting with a tech company that faced plummeting videogame sales, and addressing restaurant customers who found roaches in their food.
Following the Gauntlet, the top 20 students from each school were selected to advance to work in teams to pitch their best proposal about a community issue to a panel of industry and community executives. The final portion of the competition takes place between the top three students from each school competing on stage in a presidential-style debate.
Through the Amazing Shake, 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 focus of the Amazing Shake is to develop employability and life skills in students.