Papillion elementary school conducting secret handshake competition

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PAPILLION, Neb. (WOWT) -- Carriage Hill Elementary School started the week with a unique competition: On Monday, students were invited to create their own "secret handshakes."

Carriage Hill Elementary School started the week with a unique competition: On Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, students were invited to create their own "secret handshakes." (Emily Dwire / WOWT)

The best one becomes the school's community handshake.

Each team's secret handshake was recorded on an iPad. A group of judges — the school's front office staff — will review the entries and choose a winner to be announced this week.

Then the whole school will learn the handshake.

“The intent behind it is to help build positive school culture and to help our students connect to one another," Assistant Principal Spencer Choquette said. "When you see each other in the hallways — whether it’s a friend or someone you barely know — here’s something that you have in common. Everyone knows our handshake.”

The idea for the competition came from sixth-grader Faith Thompson and her little brother. The two have their own handshake, which they showed off at school one day.

The principal took note and decided to launch the competition.

Choquette said the winning handshake will be fun, easy for everyone to learn, and capture the true essence of what it means to be a Carriage Hill Cougar.