October 29, 2011
McDowell takes her spot as Queen Alalah LXXX
With the first Queen Alalah, Dorothy Moore Harbaugh
in attendance, Jordan McDowell answered the question
of what it would mean to her to be among the exclusive group of women who
have held the title of Queen Alalah. An hour later she was answering the
same question after being crowned Queen Alalah LXXX Friday night in the Robert
“I’m really excited, it means I have really big shoes to fill,” McDowell said. “It will be a fun journey. I look forward to meeting new people and all of the experiences that will come along the way.”
The first runner-up was Rosi Simmons, another Ark City native. The other three candidates were Devin Dice, Samantha Nolting, and Karlye Sturd.
McDowell is the daughter of George and Heidi McDowell of Arkansas City.
Queen Alalah LXXIX, Jordan Williams, was on hand to pass her crown onto McDowell.
The coronation also had performances by Prairie Voice, ACMS Magic, Ryan Smykil, and Advanced Cheer Crew Jr.
Scott and Rhoda MacLaughlin served as the Master of Ceremonies and introduced the former queens and the visiting queens from surrounding towns in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. While, Bob Frazee was introduced as the 2011 Arkalalah parade grand marshal.
At Cowley, McDowell is involved in CAAT (Cowley Activity Awareness Team), Phi Beta Lambda, Chi Alpha, is a student ambassador, captain of FCA Huddle, and participates in intramurals and student life activities.
Away from Cowley, McDowell works at the Arkansas City Traveler where she writes stories and takes pictures for the newspaper’s Action section. She also works as an IYQ Camp Counselor and is an American Softball Association Umpire through the Arkansas City Recreation Center in the summer.
After graduating from Cowley, McDowell plans to transfer to Washburn University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and then a Juris Doctorate in Family Court Law.
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