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CHARLOTTE, NC (MMD Newswire) December 16, 2011 -- 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).

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NOTE: This is the 20th annual "Best-Mannered" list which is featured by major media outlets. To schedule an interview with Elizabeth Anne Winters, NLJC National Director, phone 800-633-7947 (office), 704- 813-2527 (cell), or Email: elizabeth.anne.winters@nljc.com.

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