October 6, 2005
Snyder one of three finalists following in sister’s footsteps
Addie Snyder’s journey to becoming a finalist for Queen Alalah LXXIV is a striking resemblance to older sister Lacey’s.
Among the commonalities:
• Addie (her given name is Adrian) holds a leadership role in Campus Christian Fellowship at Cowley College; Lacey served as the club’s president.
• Addie is a resident assistant in the Kimmell Dormitory; Lacey was, too.
• Addie is a Student Ambassador; so was Lacey.
• Addie participates in intramural sports; so did Lacey.
The sophomore from Cedar Vale and four other Queen Alalah candidates will participate in the Queen’s Coronation at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Robert Brown Theatre inside the Brown Center on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.
When Addie told Lacey, who was a finalist two years ago, that she was a finalist this year, Lacey was thrilled.
“She was very happy for me,” said Addie, the daughter of Damon and Jimmie Snyder. The 2004 graduate of Cedar Vale High School and elementary education major at Cowley has two brothers, Logan 13 and Braden 5, and two new nephews, Noah and Elijah. Lacey Clark gave birth to twins on Aug. 5. Grandparents are Durley and Helen Williams of Sedan, the late Lloyd Snyder, and Ethel Davis of Wichita. Great-grandmother is Velda Ledbetter of Hutchinson.
Snyder, a self-proclaimed tomboy, is an involved Cowley student. Besides the clubs and organizations previously mentioned, she is co-chair of the Young Republicans, is a member of the local chapter of the National Education Association (Education Club), and is involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cowley County. Besides her work as an RA, Snyder holds a work-study job with the Institute of Lifetime Learning and works part-time at Mangen Chiropractic Clinic in Arkansas City. She also is active in Assembly of God Church in Sedan.
Snyder said she was “a little shocked” to learn she was a Queen Alalah finalist.
“I didn’t think, out of all those girls, that I had the slightest chance to be a candidate,” she said.
Snyder has attended two Coronations: In 2003 involving her sister, and in 2001 when Maggie Campbell of Cedar Vale was crowned.
“When I was in junior high, the band marched in the parade,” Snyder said. “It was really cold, but the food was great. I thought it was a lot of fun.”
When Snyder was very young, her grandparents took her to Neewollah, the fall festival in Independence. She said she’s excited about this Arkalalah Festival, which will give her the opportunity to wear a fancy dress.
“I’m thrilled to get the chance to do this, even though I’m a tomboy,” Snyder said. “I’m very honored to be a candidate.”
Snyder’s favorite parts of Arkalalah are the food and the rides. “I love any kind of rides,” she said.
On the night of Coronation, Snyder said she probably would be “back stage cracking jokes.”
“I’m usually nervous that day, but I’m the class clown,” she said. “It will be like Puttin’ on the Hits (lip-sync contest) and the Talent Show last year. I wasn’t really nervous.”
Snyder said she hoped to gain “a better understanding of who I am and who the other girls are” throughout the Queen Alalah candidate process.
“We’re all friends and see each other a lot, but I want to get to know them,” Snyder said.
Snyder knew her junior year at Cedar Vale that she was coming to Cowley. She spent enough time on campus, even back then, that she became very familiar with the environment.
“Lacey loved her experience here, and I spent at least one night a week with Lacey when she lived in the dorms,” Snyder said. “So you might say I’ve had four years here. I’ve had a wonderful time already.”
Snyder said she was happy she chose Cowley.
“I am very happy,” she said. “I can’t imagine where else I’d go. It’s not just a college. It is a lifestyle when you come to Cowley. I love it so much here. The dorms are great, and I have great people who live in the dorms with me. They are people I can tell anything to, and know that if I have a problem, they’ll be there for me. Plus, I’m only 30 minutes from family.”
Snyder said she displayed diverse behaviors in high school, including the “good studious student,” to being the “class clown.”
“I was a jock, but also a bookworm,” Snyder said. “I was in all sports and all activities.”
Snyder said being an RA with 71 other women has changed her.
“Since I’m an RA, you have to learn patience,” she said. “In the dorms, there’s so much drama, especially in the girls’ dorm. It’s made me a better person.”
Snyder majored in pre-pharmacy as a freshman. This year, she switched to elementary education.
“My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and I know that I want to do that,” Snyder said. “I decided to change my major to something I always wanted to do but didn’t know if I could because of the low salary.”
Snyder plans to transfer to Kansas State University, complete her degree in elementary education, and teach kindergarten.
“I just want to teach that grade because they’re so much fun,” she said. “I like to color and draw.”
To help pay her college expenses, Snyder mows 35 yards—by herself—in and around Cedar Vale. She’s been at it for six years. Her dad has helped pick up some of the slack when Snyder returned to college.
“They are the best customers in the world, too,” she said.
Snyder said God played the most important role in her life, and that she had always looked up to her parents.
“My mom raised four kids on a farm,” Snyder said. “I’m so proud of her. I love her so much. And I admire my dad for taking care of us. Living on a farm, they taught us to work and how important things are. I do have the best parents in the world.”
In her spare time, Snyder enjoys coon hunting, fishing, riding horses and playing sports.
“Anything outside, I’ll be there,” she said.
She’s also a fan of author Nicholas Sparks, whose books include The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle.