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Barlow Recipient Active in Music, Residence Life

April 03, 2014

Michael Reeves’ community involvement included volunteering as a coach for the local Special Olympics basketball program.

Michael Reeves of Lisle, Ill., is the 2014 recipient of the Barlow Trophy, Alma College’s most prestigious award for a graduating senior.

The award, which is voted on by Student Congress and faculty members, is presented to a graduating student in the top 10 percent of the senior class who has made important contributions to both the campus and the community.

President Jeff Abernathy (right) presents the Barlow Trophy to Michael Reeves.President Jeff Abernathy (right) presents the Barlow Trophy to Michael Reeves.

Reeves participated in numerous extracurricular activities at Alma while pursuing a degree in elementary education. He was active in the performing arts, campus residence life and the local community.

He was voted Alma’s homecoming king in fall 2013 and served as an officer in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national music fraternity, and Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honorary. Passionate about music, Reeves was a member of the Kiltie Wind and Jazz ensembles as well as the College Chorale and Alma Choir.

His community involvement included volunteering as a coach for the local Alma Tigers Special Olympics Basketball Program and organizing games with announcers, music and fans on Alma’s campus. He also volunteered at Hillcrest Elementary School in Alma.

In addition to working as a residence hall advisor for three years, Reeves led campus tours and participated in panel discussions with prospective students and parents as a student admissions representative.

Additional campus activities included playing one year of varsity football and three years of intramural basketball. He also was active with Youth for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Alma College Chapel ministries.