Students Shake It Up at Seaside Neighborhood School

Photo by Leslie Wood.
Two particular students at Seaside Neighborhood Schools were singled out for “shaking things up”…in a good way.


Always up for creative fun, Seaside Neighborhood School principal Kim Mixson engaged fifth through eighth grade students with an exciting new program—the Amazing Shake.


“This national competition places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect and professional conduct,” said Mixson. “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 interaction and best behavior, 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 overall 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,” said Mixson.


In September, students participated in the Great Seaside Shake. At this house event, small groups of students interviewed with judges (school staff, officials and business leaders from the community). After the interviews, they attended an ice cream social, where they were encouraged to mix and mingle with visitors and members of their house. They were asked to introduce themselves, carry a conversation, engage politely with peers and visitors, and welcome incoming guests.


After the ice cream social, sponsored by Culver’s in Destin, the following students were selected to advance to the next round of the Great Seaside Shake—Carson Accola, John Akers, Annie Rose Allen, George Bailey, Scout Baughn, Sam Cooper, Kegley Hubbard, Meril Lagasse, Smith Reaves Sawyer Roberson, Lola Sennett, Sierra Smith, Matthew Storey and Reagan Wells. During this round, they learned about sharpening their skills in a mentoring class devoted to listening, public speaking and social skills.


In October, the next round was held at Thrill’s Laser Tag & Arcade in Miramar Beach, and in December, six students competed in the finale at Emeril’s Coastal Italian restaurant in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Eighth grader Kegley Hubbard and seventh grader Meril Lagasse were selected as finalists by a panel judge of community leaders.


The two finalists will represent Seaside Neighborhood School and compete in the Amazing Shake National Competition this February at the Ron Clark Academy (RCA) in Atlanta. RCA has a mission to deliver the highest quality educational experience where global citizens are born through advanced rigor, engaging teaching methods, and a passionate climate and culture.


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– Zandra Wolfgram


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