WW students at Amazing Shake

Kate Wehlann

Five students from West Washington — Wyatt Johnston (8th), Alandra Johnson (7th), Lizzie Chastain (8th), Katlyn Wingler (8th) and Cash Long (7th) — made the trip to Atlanta earlier this year to compete in the Amazing Shake. The goal was to take the top four students to Atlanta, but there was a tie for fourth place, so five students went on the trip.

After arriving at the Ron Clark Academy, they competed in challenges all weekend, including the practice rounds on Friday.
Long said he was ranked fifth place out of all the competitors in the practice Work the Room challenge, where students had to have conversations with various strangers and be judged on those interactions.

Some students had the chance to meet and talk with celebrities like Caleb McLaughlin from “Stranger Things,” Storm Reid from “A Wrinkle in Time,” and a contestant from “Survivor.”

“It was overall great,” said Long. “Ron Clark taught us a lot of stuff. We had motivational speakers, who were teachers there. They were fantastic. They were telling us, like, everything we need to know, not just about school and the competition, but about life in general. How to take CARE of business — Charisma, Awareness, Realness and Enthusiasm. As long as you have those four things, you’re set.”
In the end the students from West Washington rankedin the top half of competitors. Johnson came in at 128th, Long at 122nd, Chastain at 113th, Wingler at 111th and Johnston scored in the top 100, at 98th place.
“We didn’t do too bad for our first time,” said Long. “We’re ready to go back.”

Much more on this group will be in a story in an upcoming issue.



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