In today’s lesson, you will learn how you can write an anchoring script for an award distribution ceremony in any institution. So, let’s get started.
How to Start?
Award distribution ceremonies are usually held in schools, colleges and institutions. During these ceremonies, the winners and toppers are awarded. While in some places, award distribution can be a small event, in many schools and colleges, it is a big affair.
If you are going to anchor an award distribution ceremony, this script will definitely help you. An anchor should always start a program with a fitting quote, a poem or some famous saying so that he or she is able to capture the attention of the audience. For award distribution events, quotes on the topic of determination, strength, strategy and hard work can be a good start. After that, it is important to follow up with a good welcome speech.
“It takes determination to see a dream come to pass. The question is not will you start, but will you finish.” – Joel Osteen
“Hello and a warm good morning/ good afternoon/ good evening to all! Today/ tonight is the day/ night for which our students have been eagerly waiting for a long time. Today/ tonight we are going to announce the winners of various events that were organised in our institution in the past six months and honour them with awards. Yes, the moment has finally arrived!
I am [your name], your host for today/ tonight and I heartily welcome you all to the award distribution ceremony of [institution name]. We are really honoured to have our respected principal, Mr/Ms [name], chief guest, Mr/Ms [name], revered teachers, dear parents and of course, our lovely students among us. We are very glad to have you all with us today/ tonight and I welcome you all on the behalf of [college name] to enjoy the event.”
Lamp Lighting Ceremony
Most school and college functions start with a lamp lighting ceremony. If so is the case with your institution, this is how you can invite the principal and chief guests on the stage to light the lamps:
“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
“Now, I would like to call on the stage our respected principal Mr/ Ms [name] as well as our chief guest Mr/ Ms [name] for the lamp lighting ceremony. Please give them a huge round of applause. Thank you.”
Honouring the Chief Guest
Once the lamps are lit, the next step is to honour the chief guest.
“Now I would like to request our Principal sir/ ma’am to honour our chief guest with the bouquet and memento. We thank you for gracing us with your presence.”
“- Thank you, sir/ ma’am. I would now request you all to please take your seats. Thank you. Let’s give them a huge round of applause.”
Speech by the Principal
“I would now request our respected principal sir/ ma’am to please come up on the stage and say a few words. Thank you.”
After the speech:
“Thank you, Sir/ Ma’am. Your words always inspire and motivate us. Thank you. Everyone, please give him/ her a huge round of applause. Thank you.”
There are several categories in which students can be awarded. There can be awards for excelling in academics, for coming first/second/third in sports or for dance/drawing competitions.
“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” – Diogenes
“Now, it is time for us to start the award distribution ceremony. May I first request our respected principal sir/ma’am and honourable chief guest to please take the seats on the stage. Thank you.”
“Now, I am going to announce the first, second and third rank holders of every class. As I announce your name, I request you to come upon the stage and receive your award from our respected principal sir/ma’am and honourable chief guest. Thank you. – “
“From nursery, we have first rank holder, [name], second rank holder, [name], and third rank holder, [name]. I request their class teacher, Mrs [name], to kindly escort them. Thank you.”…
…”From class 4, we have first rank holder, [name], second rank holder, [name], and third rank holder, [name]. Please come up on the stage and receive your award from the principal sir/ma’am. Thank you.”…
…”Last but not least, from our senior-most class, class 12, we have first rank holder, [name], second rank holder, [name], and third rank holder, [name]. You all have worked hard. I hope you will continue with such good grades on your boards as well. Please come up on the stage and receive your award from the principal sir/ma’am. Thank you.”
“Thank you, everyone. And a huge congratulations to all of you.”
“When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.” – Bill Shoemaker
“Now, we will move on to announcing the winners of our annual sports tournament which was held on the 28th of last month. As I announce the names of the winners, I request them to please come up on the stage and receive their awards. Thank you.”
“For the spoon and marble 100m race, the winner is [name].
For the ‘grab the chocolate’ 100m race (classes nursery to 1), the winner is [name].
For the 100m flat race (boys, classes 2 and 3), the winner is [name].
For the 100m flat race (girls, classes 2 and 3), the winner is [name]. …
…For the 500m hurdle race, (boys, classes 10 to 12), the winner is [name].
For musical chairs (classes 8 to 12), the winner is [name].”
“Thank you, everyone. And many congratulations.”
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
“We recently held a quiz competition for our students and it was really impressive seeing that all the participants were so well prepared. Although everyone did well, as is the rule of the game, we must pick one as the winner. Now, I will be announcing the names of the winners. I would like to request them to come up on the stage and receive their awards. Thank you.”
“From Group A (classes 2 and 3), the winner is [name].
From Group B (classes 4 and 5), the winner is [name]. …
…From Group E (classes 11 and 12), the winner is [name].”
“Thank you and congratulations to all the winners.”
“Dancing is the poetry of the foot.” – John Dryden
“A month ago, on the birth anniversary of Pandit Birju Maharaj, we held a dance competition for the students of our institute. It was judged by Dance Guru [name]. We have the names of the winners with us. As I announce the names, may I request the winners to come upon the stage and receive their awards. Thank you.”
“For classical dance (class 5 to 8), the winners are the kathak duo [names].
For classical dance (class 9 to 12), the winner is [name].
For fusion dance (class 5 to 8), the winning group is [name]. …
…For ballet dance (class 10 to 12), the winner is [name].”
“Thank you and congratulations to all the winners.”
“If Music is a Place – then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.” – Vera Nazarian
“How can such an amazing event as this come to an end without some good music. May I now call on to the stage our talented, award-winning sitar duo [names]. They will perform Raag [raaga name] on their sitars. Please welcome them with a huge round of applause. Thank you.”
After the performance:
“What a soulful performance. Thank you so much. This performance made today’s event even more wonderful. Everyone, please give these talented kids a huge round of applause. Thank you.”
End of the Event
“With that, we have now come to the conclusion of the event. I hope everyone enjoyed the event and had a lot of fun. A huge congratulations to all the winners. Keep working hard. And to all the students, never give up! You all are winners in your own right! Thank you.
And once again, thank you so much to our teachers, students and guardians for attending this event and making it successful. Have a great day/night. Take care.”
Note: This is a sample script meant to provide you with a basic idea of how to write an anchoring script for an award distribution ceremony. Feel free to use this script and edit it as per your needs.