She shook the chief's hand and introduced herself...
...and made an excellent impression. The chief told ELLA that she had a better handshake than most adult men that he meets.
Of course, one of the first things we talked about, this school year, was about the first impression that is made with eye contact and a firm (but not too firm) handshake. These, along with vocal volume and a respectful tone ("Yes, sir", "No, ma'am"), are skills that tell others that you care about them. They are skills that are important to acquiring employment in the future.
Plus, these skills are bleeding into other classes in our school. I, and others, have noticed students in other classes beginning to say "Yes, ma'am" or "No, sir" in the hallways, and even in assemblies.
Keep up the good work, ladies and gentlemen! You will notice the shocked faces of adults, because they are unaccustomed to being respected by kids your age, and they will tell you as much.