Alma Queen of Scots
Each year the Festival crowns a Queen of Scots, two Court members, and a Wee Queen of Scots through a process that includes an application, interview by local personnel, and a pageant that is more focused on how each young lady holds herself in front of others and is able to speak publically. The 2017 pageant is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017. Applications will be made available in February pre-pageant.
In order to participate, Queen candidates must be a Gratiot County resident or attend school in Gratiot County and be between 17-20 years of age by time of pageant. Wee Queen candidates must also be a Gratiot County resident or attend school in Gratiot County and be between 8-11 years of age by time of pageant to participate.
Emily Reeves is 19 years old and from Ithaca, Michigan. Her parents are Byron and Terri Reeves. She graduated as a Senior Scholar from Ithaca High School in 2016, and is currently attending Central Michigan University as part of their Honors Program majoring in Social Studies and History and minoring in English. Reeves plans on teaching at the Secondary Level and hopes to eventually receive her Master’s in Educational Leadership. She is currently a member of the Organization of Women Leaders and avidly volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters. For the 2016-2017 school year, she has also served as the Executive Vice-President for the State Executive Council for the Michigan Association of Business Professionals of America. During high school Reeves was Student Council President, a captain of the Varsity Pompon team, a section leader in the Marching Band, and a member of Business Professionals of America for four years. She was also a captain of the Model United Nations team and the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper for three years. Additionally, she was a member of the National Honor Society for two years. Reeves considers it both an honor and a pleasure to represent her clan, the MacGregors, and the Alma Highland Festival and Games as the 2017 Queen of Scots during the 50th Anniversary of the Festival.
Vivian Jo Wickes is 10 years old and is in the 4th grade at Pine River Elementary School here in Alma, Michigan. She is the daughter of Wes and Molly Wickes and the oldest sister to Bode and Abe Wickes. For the past five years Vivi has loved ice skating with the Mt. Pleasant Figure Skating Club. She also participates in Summer Youth Workshop at the Alma Strand Theater and was recently cast to be a part of the chorus in the May musical production of Beauty and the Beast. Vivian also enjoys being a part of the Mid Michigan Girls on the Run program, and the Kid’s Life dance team at her church. Becoming the 2017 Wee Queen of Scots is a dream come true for Vivian. This Festival is ingrained in her family’s tradition, as every Memorial Day weekend she looks forward to attending all of the Festival activities from the Fun Run to the Closing Ceremonies. Becoming the Wee Queen is particularly special for Vivi this year, as her dad will serve as the Festival President. Vivian considers it a great honor to be a representative, along with the Queen of Scots and her Court, for this year’s 50th Highland Festival and Games.