Best Mannered People

The National League of Junior Cotillion students and directors nationwide nominate individuals for the “Ten Best-Mannered People” award each year.   
Please see below for the previously released 'Best-Mannered People" lists.
 

 

NLJC NAMES TEN BEST MANNERED PEOPLE OF 2015

(CHARLOTTE, NC)--- Michael Strahan, selected for his courtesy to guests and kindness toward fans, heads “Ten Best-Mannered People” list published by the National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC).

“The selections are made based on each person’s commitment to honor, dignity, and mannerly conduct,” says National Director Charles Winters. “We feel these ten individuals have distinguished themselves through excellence of character and conduct and applaud them for their contributions to society.”
The top “Ten Best-Mannered” are:

1. Michael Strahan - A retired hall of fame NFL football player who is now a regular contributor to Good Morning America, Michael consistently extends courtesy to guests and kindness to his fans.
2. Diane Sawyer - for reporting the news with truth, dignity and respect.
3. Bindi Irwin - for grace in the public spotlight as the winner of Dancing with the Stars.
4. Derek Hough - for kindness to his fans and dance partner Miss Irwin on Dancing with the Stars.
5. Stephen Curry - for excellent sportsmanship in the NBA, both on and off the court.
6. Jill Biden - for her poise and grace as the Second Lady of the United States.
7. Luke Kuechly - for his positive attitude when faced with adversity and injuries.
8. Anne Hathaway - for always demonstrating elegance and dignity as an actress.
9. Harrison Ford - for maintaining character throughout a lifetime of fame.
10. Kevin Durant - for his mannerly conduct as an NBA player and setting a good example for young fans.

Cotillion students and directors nationwide nominate individuals for the “Ten Best-Mannered People” award each year.

The National League of Junior Cotillions (1-800-633-7947) is headquartered in Charlotte, NC and has licensed chapters throughout the United States. It hosts the popular cotillion website and etiquette blog (www.nljc.com).

NOTE: To schedule an interview with Charles Winters, NLJC President/CEO, phone (704) 718-5053 , or email: charles.winters@nljc.com.

 

 

Twenty-Five Best-Mannered People of 2014

JIMMY FALLON TOPS BEST-MANNERED LIST FOR 2014,

(CHARLOTTE, NC)--- Jimmy Fallon, selected for maintaining the dignity and respect of others through his comedic disposition as the host of “The Tonight Show”as well as his continuing support of charitable organizations, heads “The Twenty-Five Best-Mannered People of the Past Twenty-Five Years” list published by the National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC).

Traditionally, the NLJC publishes a “Top Ten Best Mannered” list. This year, instead of ten, the NLJC selected twenty-five recipients in honor of their twenty-fifth anniversary of business.

“The selections are made based on each person’s commitment to honor, dignity, and mannerly conduct,” says President Charles Winters. “We feel the twenty-five individuals named have distinguished themselves through excellence of character and conduct and applaud them for their contributions to society.”

“The Twenty-Five Best-Mannered People of the Past Twenty-Five Years” are:

1. Jimmy Fallon – for maintaining the dignity and respect of others through his comedic disposition as the host of “The Tonight Show.”
2. David Muir - for courageous reporting, courteous treatment of interview subjects, and integrity in telling the stories of this generation.
3. Peyton Manning - for displaying good sportsmanship, both on and off the field, as quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
4. Barbara Bush - for demonstrating grace and poise as First Lady.
5. Bob Hope - for congeniality in entertaining the American people.
6. Michael J. Fox - for courage in facing Parkinson’s disease as a public figure.
7. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) - for portraying poise, elegance, and grace in the public spotlight.
8. Nelson Mandela - for peacefully working towards democracy and equality for all people.
9. Victoria Soto - for giving her life to defend students from the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary.
10. Phil Mickelson - for exhibiting grace in defeat and graciousness in victory.
11. Tom Hanks - for demonstrating kindness to all and humility in fame.
12. Mother Theresa - for dedicating her life to charity and serving the underprivileged of the world.
13. Carrie Underwood - for consistently demonstrating courtesy to her fans.
14. Warren Buffet - for balancing great success with great philanthropy.
15. Malala Yousafzai - for bravery and courage in the face of adversity.
16. S. Truett Cathy - for building a business based on excellence in customer service.
17. Ralph Lauren - for demonstrating the importance of “dressing for success.”
18. Pope Francis - for dedicating his life to spreading a message of love to all.
19. Derek Jeter - for displaying good sportsmanship as a baseball player and role model throughout his career.
20. Oprah Winfrey - for consistently treating her guests with dignity and respect.
21. Gabrielle Giffords - for strength and perseverance in the face of adversity.
22. Sandra Bullock - for elegance and excellence as an actress.
23. Billy Graham - for his dedication to family values.
24. Robin Roberts - for extending warmth and kindness to her guests as an anchor on Good Morning America.
25. Taylor Swift - for inspiring young fans with her music and mannerly conduct.

Cotillion students and directors nationwide nominate individuals for the “Ten Best-Mannered People” award each year.

The National League of Junior Cotillions (1-800-633-7947) is headquartered in Charlotte, NC and has licensed chapters throughout the United States. It hosts the popular cotillion website and etiquette blog (www.nljc.com).

NOTE: To schedule an interview with Charles Winters, NLJC President, phone (704) 718-5053, or email: Charles.Winters@nljc.com.


 

Ten Best-Mannered People of 2013

POPE FRANCIS HEADS 2013 TEN BEST-MANNERED LIST

(CHARLOTTE, NC) — Pope Francis,who is commended for being a role model to young people, heads the “Ten Best-Mannered People of 2013,” by the National League of Junior Cotillions. The list, which is in its 22nd year, is compiled by NLJC, an etiquette and social training program involving thousands of young people in the United States.

The 2013 best-mannered people are:

1. Pope Francis – for spreading the message of God’s love while treating all people with dignity and respect.

2. The Late Nelson Mandela – for living a life of courage and leaving legacy of forgiveness.

3. MalalaYousafzai– for her bravery and strength in overcoming adversity and standing up for her beliefs.

4. Olivet Michigan Middle School Football Team – for demonstrating true sportsmanship and selflessly creating a scoring play for a disabled team mate.

5. Christopher Rim - for his dedication behind anti-bullying as founder of It Ends Today.

6. Kate Middleton – for the poise and dignity with which she conducts herself in the public spotlight.

7. Bill & Melinda Gates – for their selfless generosity and global charity work.

8. Savannah Guthrie- for extending warmth and kindness to Today Show guests.

9. Peyton Manning - for displaying good sportsmanship on and off the field as quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

10. Glenn Beck – for treating guests of his radio program graciously.

“The annual selections are based on the demonstration of dignity, honor, and respect,” says Elizabeth Anne Winters Russell, NLJC National Director. “Pope Francis was chosen for the exemplary manner in which he has conducted himself in the public spotlight and the grace and kindness he demonstrates to all people.”

Cotillion students and directors nationwide nominate individuals for the “Ten Best-Mannered People” award.
The National League of Junior Cotillions (1-800-633-7947) is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and has licensed chapters throughout the United States. It hosts the popular website www.nljc.com.

NOTE: This is the 22nd annual “Best-Mannered” list which is featured by major media outlets. To schedule an interview with Elizabeth Anne Russell, Phone: 704- 813-2527, or Email: cotillions@nljc.com.


 

Ten Best-Mannered People of 2012

TAYLOR SWIFT HEADS 2012 TEN BEST-MANNERED LIST

(CHARLOTTE, NC) - Taylor Swift, who is commended for being a role model to young people, heads the "Ten Best-Mannered People of 2012," by the National League of Junior Cotillions. The list, which is in its 21st year, is compiled by NLJC, an etiquette and social training program involving thousands of young people in the United States.

The 2012 best-mannered individuals are:

1. Taylor Swift - for inspiring young people with her music and her manners.

2. Rory McIlroy - for displaying good sportsmanship on and off the golf course.

3. Robin Roberts - for the respect she shows others as a network host and for extending warmth and kindness to "Good Morning America" guests.

4. Gabby Douglas - for demonstrating humility and politeness as a young Olympic athlete.

5. Justin Bieber - for consistently showing courtesy to his many fans.

6. Matt Damon - for being a positive role model in Hollywood to younger generations.

7. Kate Middleton - for the poise and dignity with which she conducts herself in the public spotlight.

8. Drew Brees - for being a positive example for young athletes.

9. Michelle Obama - for her positive encouragement of a healthy lifestyle to youth.

10. Daniel Radcliffe - for the kindness extended to his Harry Potter fans.

"The annual selections are based on the demonstration of dignity, honor, and respect," says Elizabeth Anne Winters Russell, NLJC National Director. "Taylor Swift was chosen for the exemplary manner in which she has conducted herself, on and off stage as a musician and song writer."

Cotillion students and directors nationwide nominate individuals for the "Ten best-Mannered People" award.

 

 

Ten Best-Mannered People of 2011

KATE MIDDLETON HEADS 2011 TEN BEST-MANNERED LIST
KIM KARDASHIAN NAMED MOST ILL-MANNERED

(CHARLOTTE, NC) — Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, who is commended for being a role model to young people, heads the “Ten Best-Mannered People of 2011,” by the National League of Junior Cotillions. The list, which is in its 20th year, is compiled by NLJC, an etiquette and social training program involving thousands of young people in the United States.

The 2011 best-mannered individuals are:

1. Kate Middleton – for the poise and dignity with which she conducts herself in the public spotlight.

2. Justin Bieber – for consistently showing courtesy to his fans.

3. Paula Abdul – for her encouragement to aspiring entertainers.

4. Aaron Rogers – for being a positive example for young athletes.

5. Taylor Swift – for inspiring young people with her music and her manners.

6. George Stephanopoulos – for extending warmth and kindness to “Good Morning America” guests.

7. Jackie Evancho – for demonstrating humility and politeness as a young performer.

8. Erin Burnett – for the respect she shows others as a network host.

9. Emma Watson – for the kindness extended to her Harry Potter fans.

10. Tim Tebow – for displaying good sportsmanship on and off the field.

“The annual selections are based on the demonstration of dignity, honor, and respect,” says Elizabeth Anne Winters, NLJC National Director. “Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was chosen for the exemplary manner in which she has conducted herself, before and after her marriage to Prince William of Great Britain.”

In addition, Kim Kardashian received the dubious distinction of being named The Most Ill-Mannered Person of 2011, “for making a private matter public and disrespecting the institution of marriage.”

Cotillion students and directors nationwide nominate individuals for the “Ten Best- Mannered People” award.

The National League of Junior Cotillions (1-800-633-7947) is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and has licensed chapters throughout the United States. It hosts the popular website, “Etiquette for Today” (www.nljc.com).

 

 

Ten Best-Mannered People of 2010

DREW BREES HEADS 2010 TEN BEST-MANNERED LIST

(CHARLOTTE, NC) — Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, who is commended for being a role model to young people, heads the “Ten Best-Mannered People of 2010,” by the National League of Junior Cotillions. The list, which is in its 19th year, is compiled by the NLJC, an etiquette and social training program involving thousands of young people in the United States.

The 2010 best-mannered individuals are:

1. Drew Brees – for being a positive example and helping New Orleans rebuild.

2. Justin Bieber – for consistently showing courtesy to his fans.

3. Kate Middleton – for the poise and dignity with which she conducts herself in the public spotlight.

4. Jamie McMurray – for the respect he has earned as a NASCAR driver.

5. Elizabeth Edwards – for the grace she displayed in facing life’s greatest challenges.

6. Chilean Miners – for demonstrating optimism under pressure during their struggle for survival.

7. Taylor Swift – for inspiring young people with her music and her manners.

8. Sandra Bullock – for setting high standards of excellence as an actress.

9. Robin Roberts – for extending warmth and kindness to “Good Morning America” guests.

10. Bill and Melinda Gates – for their example of generosity in giving to those less fortunate.

“The annual selections are based on the demonstration of dignity, honor, and respect,” says Elizabeth Anne Winters, NLJC National Director. “Drew Brees was chosen for not only displaying good sportsmanship in leading the New Orleans Saints to their first Super Bowl title, but also helping in the rebirth of New Orleans after the tragedy of hurricane Katrina.”

 

 

Ten Best-Mannered People of 2009

TAYLOR SWIFT HEADS 2009 TEN BEST-MANNERED LIST
TIGER WOODS NAMED MOST ILL-MANNERED

(CHARLOTTE, NC) — Taylor Swift, who has been commended for being a role model to young people, heads the list of the “Ten Best-Mannered People of 2009,” as named by the National League of Junior Cotillions, an etiquette and social training program that involves thousands of young people in the United States.

The 2009 list includes:
1. Taylor Swift – for the courtesy she shows to her fans.

2. Tim Tebow – for displaying good sportsmanship on and off the field.

3. The Jonas Brothers – for their strong commitment to personal values.

4. Chesley “Sully’ Sullenberger – for keeping his poise under pressure during the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

5. Taylor Lautner – for his humility and politeness as the “Twilight” actor.

6. Robin Meade – for her sunny disposition as host of CNN’s “Morning Express.”

7. Sandra Bullock – for setting high standards of excellence as an actress.

8. Beyonce – for inspiring young people with her music and her manners.

9. Brett Favre – for being a positive example for young athletes.

10. Robin Roberts – for the warmth and kindness she extends to “Good Morning America” guests.

Says Elizabeth Anne Winters, NLJC National Director, “The annual selections are based on the demonstration of dignity, honor, and respect. Taylor Swift was chosen because of the exemplary manner in which she conducted herself as one of today’s most popular entertainers.”

In addition, Tiger Woods received the dubious distinction of being named The Most Ill-Mannered Person of 2009, “for lowering the standards of morality and his negative influence as a role model for young people.”

 

 

Ten Best-Mannered People of 2008

MICHAEL PHELPS HEADS TEN BEST-MANNERED LIST

(CHARLOTTE, NC) --- Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who has been commended for being a role model to young people, heads the list of the “Ten Best Mannered People of 2008,” as named by the National League of Junior Cotillions.

The 2008 list includes:

1. Michael Phelps - for being a positive example for young athletes.

2. The Jonas Brothers - for their strong commitment to personal values.

3. Carrie Underwood - for the courtesy she shows to her fans.

4. Eli Manning - for displaying good sportsmanship on and off the field.

5. Will Smith - for setting high standards of excellence as an actor.

6. Paula Dean - because of her charming and friendly manner.

7. David Archuleta - for his example of humility and politeness.

8. Meredith Vieira - for the warmth and kindness she extends to “Today Show” guests.

9. Phil Mickelson - for exhibiting grace in defeat and graciousness in victory.

10. Josh Groban - for inspiring young people with his music and his manners.

“The annual selections are based on the demonstration of honor, dignity and respect. Michael Phelps was chosen because of the exemplary manner in which he conducted himself at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China,” said Anne Colvin Winters.