Andrew Koder Wins SMS Amazing Shake Title

Swanton Middle School (SMS) seventh grader Andrew Koder is Atlanta bound after winning the finals of SMS’s fourth annual Amazing Shake competition held the in the SMS gymnasium in front of the entire student body this past Wednesday.  The victory sends Andrew to Atlanta, Georgia, where he will compete in the National Amazing Shake competition sponsored by the Ron Clark Academy.

The competition is part of the Swanton Seven Initiative (SSI), a program that focuses on building soft skills in students, placing strong emphasis on manners, discipline, respect, and professional behavior.  There were several rounds of the Amazing Shake competition that began with all seventh-grade students.  The first round pared the number to 25, the second round to 10 and the final round to just three well deserving students.

Joining Andrew, who was representing the SSI House of Sapienta, in the finals this year were Jocelyn Villagomez of the House of Gratus and Morgan Nijakowski from the House of Dignitas.  Each of the contestants were asked a series of questions by Master of Ceremonies Jordan Strack, Sports Director at WTOL Channel Eleven in Toledo.  The students’ responses were then judged by eight area professional individuals.  They were Sean McGee of the Swanton Rotary, Jessica Double of Worthington Industries, Linda Lee of McNeill Chevrolet, Nikki Walborn of the Anderson’s, Christine Heban of NorthStar BlueScope, Paige Johnson of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, Brandon Johnson of Team Johnson Limo and Chris Lake, Swanton Schools Superintendent.

Following the questioning, the judges retired to another room where the scores were tabulated.  In what was believed to be the closest competition in the four-year history of the program, Andrew was named the winner by Mr. Strack.

“I’m shocked,” commented Andrew who is in his first year at SMS having previously attended St. Richards School in Swanton.  He was also very gracious and appreciative in victory and very complimentary of his two final competitors, Jocelyn and Morgan.  “I’m just so proud of him.  He worked really hard for this,” said his mother, “We had faith in him the whole time.”

After the competition was over, SMS Principal Matt Smith announced that Worthington Industries would be covering Andrew’s plane fair to Atlanta for the national competition this summer.  He will also be transported to the airport courtesy of Team Johnson Limo. 

Click on the link above to access photos from the competition. Photos are in the jpeg format and can be downloaded for no charge courtesy of the website.

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