The Great Galesburg Shake 2017

The Great Galesburg Shake 2017
Posted on 04/30/2017
The Great Galesburg Shake 2017 

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The Great Galesburg Shake

Handshake - Eye Contact - Social Grace - Engagement - Confidence - Sense of Humor


The Great Galesburg Shake

The Great Galesburg Shake is an opportunity for students in grades 4 - 12 to use their manners and conversational skills in a professional environment. In 2015, Galesburg CUSD #205 adopted the 12 Tools for Triumph to teach students how to give a proper handshake, use eye contact, and present themselves for today’s opportunities as well as in the future. Several educators from District #205 have attended the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA.  At the RCA, they hold an annual competition called “The Amazing Shake,” which inspired the Great Galesburg Shake.

April 19, 2017

Round 1 - 120 students made first impressions on Galesburg business professionals.

Round 2 - The top 24 students advanced to a 12 task round where they had to think on their feet to impress the judges.

Round 3 - The top 12 students assisted downtown businesses by welcoming customers.

April 20, 2017

Round 4 - The top 8 students had lunch at the Kensington Garden Room with two Galesburg Realtors to learn the trade.  Afterwards, they went to a house to try and sell it to potential buyers.

April 23 - 26, 2017

Round 5 - The top 5 traveled to Atlanta, Georgia.  They met Mr. Ron Clark, a premier educator, and 2 of his students from the Ron Clark Academy for dinner at Mary Mac's Tea Room.  


Round 6  - The top 5 toured the Ron Clark Academy and then the top 2 had a question/answer session with the entire Ron Clark Academy staff and student body.  

The 2017 Great Galesburg Shake Winner is:   

Jacie Kersh 






The 2017 Great Galesburg Shake Committee would like to thank all of the people who helped make the event possible:

Thank you to the Ron Clark Academy for allowing us to steal their idea of an Amazing Shake and make it our own. Thanks also go to Mr. Tal Thompson for sharing his ideas that inspired our realtor round.

Thanks to Galesburg CUSD 205 for allowing us to keep the Great Galesburg Shake alive.


Thanks to our Donors who made it all possible.  Due to their generous donations we were able to “Dream BIG”:

Galesburg Community Foundation

Galesburg Public Schools Foundation

Masters School of Autobody Management

F & M Bank

Century 21 Tucker Swanson

Jet Air, Inc.

Steele School PTO

Gale School PTO

Nielson School PTO

Lombard Middle School Booster Club

Galesburg High School

King Elementary School PTO

Reverend Jon Sibley

Ms. Elizabeth Swigan

Benjamin F. Edwards and Co.

Simpson Peterson Funeral Directors

Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory

Galesburg HyVee Stores

Blick Art Materials

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways

Hosts of Events:

GHS Field  House

Calico Cat

Kohl’s Diamond Gallery

Cooks and Company

Community Treasures

Four Seasons

Dovetail Art

Uncle Billy’s Bakery

Q’s Cafe

UPS Store

YMCA - Downtown

F & M Bank

Ride and Run

Kensington Garden Room

Ron Clark Academy

The winner of the 2016 Great Galesburg Shake received a gift basket thanks to the following donors:

Galesburg CUSD #205

Knox College

Carl Sandburg College

Cooks & Company

AMC Classic Showplace Galesburg 8

Calico Cat

Dawn Hutchison, Thirty-One Gifts

Laurie Aten

Ben and Jenny Bredemeier

Kristen Lingafelter

Barb Baker-Sandstrom

Thanks to all the wonderful community members who volunteered to be judges!

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