Elementary and Middle Schoolers Showcase Professional Skills During Countywide Amazing Shake Competition

Sometimes called professional or soft skills, interpersonal skills go by many names to different generations. Still, one thing most agree on is that today’s students should have a firm grasp on manners, problem-solving and communication skills.

Students from Rutherford County Schools have practiced these skills for months and will face off in a gauntlet-style competition to test their mastery.


  • Rutherford County Schools fifth through eighth-grade students and teachers
  • Rutherford Works and the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce


  • The Amazing Shake, a contest created by Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy, emphasizes a student’s mastery of soft skills, including manners, communication, critical thinking and professional conduct.
  • After winning a school-wide competition, students will compete in a two-day, district-wide challenge that evaluates their interactions with local business professionals. The top two contestants will receive funding from the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce to attend the national competition in Atlanta.


Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 9 – 11 a.m. at TCAT Smyrna

  • Student Gauntlet – an obstacle course filled with soft skills challenges that judge creative problem-solving, manners and communication skills.

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 4 – 5 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

  • Work the Room Networking –a professional networking contest that judges introductions, handshakes and conversations.


TCAT Smyrna Campus
663 Ken Pilkerton Dr, Smyrna, TN 37167

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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