By WVUA 23 Reporter Lacey Beasley

The second annual Amazing Shake competition kicked off today at Davis-Emerson Middle School.

Students learned important professional skills, such as making eye contact and having a firm handshake.

“We want to see if the students have critical thinking skills, if they exhibit leadership qualities, if they work well as a team,” said instructional coach Crystal Cuby-Richardson.

The competition involves robot building, team problem solving and interviews. The goal is to teach manners, discipline, respect and professional conduct.

The top 30 students from the event will compete at the next level on Feb. 13. The top two students from there will go on to compete in Atlanta with students from all over the world.

One student is hoping to compete there, and she said the greatest thing she learned from today is how to work with new people.

“You can always work together with them, even if you know them or don’t know them,” said Faith Dalton, 8th grade student.

If anyone is interested in volunteering, call Davis-Emerson Middle School or visit their website here:

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