Marshall’s ‘Shake Off’ focused on communication skills

Marshall Middle School students were tested on their ability to have a conversation during the school’s first “Shake Off.”
Marshall Middle School students were tested on their ability to have a conversation during the school’s first “Shake Off.”

Students at Marshall Middle School were tested on their ability to make a good first impression during the school’s first “Shake Off.” Students have been learning about soft skills, including a firm handshake, speaking clearly and making eye contact, which are skills needed when they enter the workforce. 

Sixty students who were judged to have the best handshakes participated in the Shake Off, facing business professionals and community members who judged them on their communications skills and their ability to carry a conversation for 30 seconds before moving onto the new judge.

The top four students in the Shake Off will be taken to a formal restaurant to learn proper meal etiquette. A local restaurant owner is paying for the meal.

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