The first person that comes to my mind when I think of the word gentlemen is Michael Alexander Pannell. The definition of a gentlemen is a chivalrous, courteous, or honorable man. No three words could describe Michael any better.

Michael is studying to become an Occupational Therapist at The University of Mississippi Medical Center. Occupational Therapists help develop, improve and restore independence to those who have been injured, have a illness or who are disabled. Occupational therapy combines his passion of working with people and helping others. He strives to live life to the fullest and believes that everyone should get the chance to reach their full potential. He serves as the class photographer where he is able to capture his classmates greatest moments and make them into memories. He loves being able to photograph others and have them see themselves in the best possible way.

He has a strong heart and a passion for life that can not be matched. He embodies the ideal modern gentlemen. He is kind, influential and willing to help whenever he can. When he isn’t studying he can be found volunteering with children with special needs at a local dance class. Michael treats everyone he meets with the utmost respect and kindness. He has the ability to make everyone feel important and always puts others before himself. Michael is constantly encouraging others to reach their fullest potential and assist them in achieving their goals.

Michaels favorite charity benefits ALS. ALS (Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Those with ALS have muscle weakness that can make it difficult to walk and talk. A goal of Michaels is to one day help create adaptive equipment for those with ALS to help them complete daily tasks that they otherwise could not do. He lives his life with strong conservative values and holds himself to the highest standard. To know Michael is an honor.