Pope Francis, who is commended for being a role model to young people, heads the National League of Junior Cotillion’s “Ten Best-Mannered People of 2013.”
The list, which is in its 22nd year, is compiled by Charlotte-based 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 a legacy of forgiveness
3. Malala Yousafzai (a Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban), 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 and 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.