I went to my daughter’s awards ceremony last night. She’s graduating high school, and the school has a separate ceremony a couple of weeks before the graduation so that the graduation isn’t too terribly long.
In any case, I watched a lot of girls get awards for leadership, excellence in a particular academic subject, theater, drama, community service. The usuals. Do you know which award I remember? The one that was introduced with an anecdote.
The winner led the school’s Model UN team. The team arrived to New York City on a Friday in February and the girls scattered for the weekend to friends and family. A major blizzard hit and on Sunday the captain and faculty advisor were franticly trying to contact the girls and arrange for them to travel to the city for the competition. The advisor described how the captain went above and beyond in keeping the team together and making sure everyone was able to compete.
Anecdotes and examples stand out. Titles and even awards blur. Use anecdotes to make your essays memorable.