The Amazing Shake is a competition that places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and professional conduct. Prior to the competition, 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 goal is to prepare our students so that they are able to present themselves exceptionally well for opportunities today as well as those that will come in the future.
The actual competition consists of case-scenario stations set up around the school and throughout the city that every student must pass through while exercising etiquette, composure and savoir faire. Top performers advance to the next level of challenges until there is ultimately one overall national champion!
The Amazing Shake National Competition is open to any student in the 5th-8th grade during the 2017-18 school year. Schools are encouraged to have local Amazing Shake competitions and to send their top performers to Nationals. Districts are also encouraged to conduct district-level competitions with the winners from local schools. District-level winners of the Amazing Shake receive a bye during the first round competitions in Atlanta. The number of students sent by a school or school district is up to their discretion.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Feb. 9th
12 noon - 3 PM - Registration
3 PM - 7 PM - ROUND 1 (The Gauntlet!)
7 PM - 8 PM - Dinner & Mingle
8 PM - 10 PM - Opening Ceremony - Qualifiers Announced
Saturday, Feb. 10th
8 AM - 9 AM - Morning Ceremony
9 AM - 11 AM - Round 2 (Work the Room!)
11 AM - 12 noon - Lunch
12 noon - 2 PM - Round 3 (The Pressure Caldron!)
2 PM - 3 PM - Afternoon Ceremony - Qualifiers Announced
3 PM - 5 PM - Round 4 (Don't Let Them See You Sweat)
5 PM - 6 PM - Dinner Celebration
6 PM - 7 PM - Round 5 (The "IT" Factor)
7 PM - 8 PM - Round 6 (Nation's Best)
8 PM - 9 PM - Evening Ceremony
9 PM - 11 PM - Amazing Dance Celebration & Party of the Year!
Sunday, Feb. 11th
8 AM - 9 AM - Round 7 (Do or Die)
9 AM - 11 AM - Closing Ceremony and Announcements of Category Winners and the Overall Amazing ShakeChampion!
Note: Students who do not qualify for subsequent rounds will attend workshops that will be conducted by experts in the field of etiquette, professional interactions and the keys to success.
Chaperones will have the opportunity to watch 2 of the competition rounds. The other rounds will be closed sessions. There must be 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students.
The cost for registration is $595 per student. The cost for chaperones is $195.
This does not include the cost for hotel rooms, flights, some meals, and transportation to and from the Ron Clark Academy.
Deadline for Registration
When slots are full, registration will be closed. School systems are encouraged to register prior to knowing which students they will be sending to Nationals in order to ensure there are ample slots available.
Professional attire for all students and chaperones is expected. At the "Party of the Year" celebration on Saturday night, casual attire is fine.
RCA does not provide scholarships for participants. The registration fee is used to fund the conference.
Schools and districts are encouraged to find local sponsors to provide funding that would enable them to send their students.
Hotel details will be released in the spring of 2017 so that you can book rooms far in advance of the 2018 conference. Hotel costs are not included in the registration fee.
Questions about registration should be emailed to: