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October 27, 2012


Vargas crowned Queen Alalah LXXXI

Queen AlalahHaving practiced her Queen wave since she was a little girl, Mariah Vargas got the opportunity to show her perfected wave to a sold out crowd inside the Robert Brown Theatre after being crowned Queen Alalah LXXXI on Friday night.

“I am almost speechless,” Vargas said. “This has been an amazing experience.”

The first runner-up was Baleigh Barnthouse, another Ark City native. The other three candidates were Micah Fry, Cheyenne Hinkle, and Piper McCord.

Vargas is the daughter of Carlos Vargas, Jr. and Maria Venegas of Arkansas City.

Queen Alalah LXXX, Jordan McDowell, was on hand to pass her crown onto Vargas.

The coronation also had performances by Prairie Voice and the Ark Highs.

Marty Mutti served as the Master of Ceremonies and introduced the former queens and the visiting queens from surrounding towns in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Vargas graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2011, but actually attended Cowley and played as a member of the Lady Tiger tennis team during her final semester of high school.

Along with being a member of the Cowley tennis team; she also serves as a student ambassador. Away from Cowley, Vargas works as a shift manager at the Cowley Cinema 8 movie theatre.

In her free time, Vargas enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with friends and family, and traveling whenever she gets the chance.

After graduating from Cowley, Vargas is considering playing tennis at East Central University in Ada, OK or possibly attending Optometry school in Tonkawa, OK. She has served as an intern at TMS Eyecare in Arkansas City.

The pre-medicine major hopes to settle in Ark City once she is ready to begin her career.

View coronation photo gallery.

View parade photo gallery.