The Cotillion for Achievement Award is a recognition handed out for students in the Andrew and Buchanan county schools. It first began in the 1986-1987 school year to award money to students who have excelled in scholastics, after-school activities, and community service along with showing high moral and ethical standards.
Only ten boys and ten girls are selected to take part in this program. After they are asked to participate, they are judged in 4 criteria and then judged by the current board of the Cotillion for Achievement. The four criteria include their academic performance, extracurricular participation, community involvement, and a written essay. They are also judged by anonymous members of the community and then they are interviewed. When they are done with the evaluation, the top candidates are picked.
Those who receive the award may gain up to 1,800 in scholarship. The students who are worthy to be awarded this distinction are considered examples not only in their respective school, but also in the community. Two students at Lafayette have received this award are Hannah Ryan and Sam Pettit.
When Sam Pettit checked his mail on November 28th, he received through the mail a notice that he’d been awarded the Cotillion for Achievement Award. To put it in his own words, “I feel distinctly honored to have won such a prestigious award.” Not only that, but he plans to use his scholarship money to fund his college tuition to become a history teacher.