Sumners wins Amazing Shake

Jeff Whitmore, chairman of the Fayetteville City School Board, recognizes winners of Ralph Askins School’s third annual Amazing Shake competition. Pictured (from left) are Emma Grace Dye, first runner-up; Nora Kate Sumners, first place; and Cherish Garner, second runner-up. The school sponsor is Tim Hobbs.

Ralph Askins School just completed the third annual Amazing Shake competition with its fourth grade students, who were recognized by the Fayetteville City School Board during its March meeting.

Ralph Askins School discovered the Amazing Shake at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Ga., according to Dr. Bridgette Jones, principal.

“Several teachers have attended professional development days at Ron Clark Academy and thought this competition would be a great experience for the students at Ralph Askins School,” Jones said.

The competition places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect and how to conduct themselves in a professional environment. This annual contest allows schools to test students on these skills through a fun and memorable experience and enables students to engage with local business leaders on behalf of the school.

During the Amazing Shake, students learn and develop professional qualities — from the mechanics of a proper handshake to how to “work the room” — so that they are able to present themselves exceptionally well for opportunities today and in the future. Students go through stations set up in the school’s gym with local business and community leaders. This year’s judges were Laura Monks, Sandy Arrick, Tommy Holland, Jim Neale, Angel Wilson, Christy Thurman, Jon Hathcock, Crystal Paul, Brandi Barnes and Coach Louis Thompson.

Winners were Nora Kate Sumners, first place; Emma Grace Dye, first runner-up; and Cherish Garner, second runner-up. The school sponsor is Tim Hobbs.

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