The Search for America's Top Gentleman

Conservative group aims to show chivalry isn't dead.

ByABC News
March 30, 2011, 4:58 PM

March 31, 2011— -- Move over, college basketball. Now there's March Madness: Gentlemen's Edition.

Come spring each year, a college organization called the Network of enlightened Women (NeW) sets out to prove that chivalry is still alive on campus by organizing a "Gentlemen's Showcase."

"We're focusing on the positive things men are doing while making sure gentlemen don't become an endangered species," said Karin Agness, the founder and president of NeW, a national group that promotes education and leadership skills among culturally conservative women.

With more than a dozen men nominated from colleges and universities around the country, NeW's Gentlemen's Showcase is now down to the final six nominees competing to see who will be named "America's Gentlemen" tomorrow morning.

Voters are asked to visit the NeW Facebook page and "like" the man who best exemplifies gentlemanly behavior.

Jimmy Ragland, a contender from the University of Florida with 83 "likes" on Facebook, was nominated for thoughtful acts like leaving a sunflower on his girlfriend's scooter or bringing her colored pencils for an art exam. Adam Hall, a nominee from Kansas State University was nominated by his girlfriend Shelby Danielsen for being "a true gentleman." Danielson wrote, "He treats women with respect by opening doors, making sure they are back in their apartments safely and giving them flowers on a bad day."

But it's Bryant Condrey, a junior at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., and Matt Smalbach, a student at the University of South Florida, who are in the lead.

Condrey found out about his nomination only after his girlfriend Alyssa Richardson had submitted a video montage of photos showing Condrey presenting her with a rose, helping her with her coat, opening a door for her, and even pulling up to her home in a horse-drawn carriage.

"I didn't tell Bryant about his nomination before I submitted it because he is so modest and I wanted to surprise him with my heartfelt thank you for his chivalry," Richardson told