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The Amazing Shake at Hawthorne Elementary

Fifth-grade teachers Mary Carper and Jason Gradwohl with the top three 2022 Amazing Shake finalists.

The Amazing Shake at Hawthorne Elementary School was...amazing!

Fifth-graders competed in the two-day event this month, practicing skills that'll help them be successful professionally in the future – everything from the proper way to greet a colleague to how to show grace under pressure when dealing with unexpected challenges.

The top three finalists, Elijah Martinez, Liliana Iniguez and Jillian Hoidal, were interviewed live on stage during an all-school assembly, answering questions with no rehearsal.

Elijah walked away the winner, but all the finalists – and all the fifth-graders from Hawthorne who took part in The Amazing Shake – did a great job.

The event, which is a tradition at the school, was organized by fifth-grade teachers Jason Gradwohl and Mary Carper.