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October 24, 2014


Sister act; Madison McDowell joins sister Jordan as Queen AlalahQueen Alalah LXXXIII

Joining her sister, Jordan McDowell (2011) as being crowned Queen Alalah, Madison McDowell was shocked to hear her named called as Queen Alalah LXXXIII Friday night inside the Robert Brown Theatre.

The McDowell sisters are the second set of siblings to be crowned Queen Alalah, joining Debbie Blatchford (1983) and Diana Blatchford (1985).

“This has been an unbelievable experience, I am still in shock and beyond excited,” McDowell said moments after winning.

McDowell spotted her sister, Jordan, in the crowd after being crowned Queen Alalah LXXXIII.

“As soon as they said my name I looked at my sister and she was ecstatic,” McDowell said.

The first runner-up was Abbi Moulton, another Ark City native. The other three candidates were Rebecca Hocker, Emily Hollister, and Malaree Hood.

McDowell will be awarded a Dorothy Moore Harbaugh (Queen Alalah I) Endowed Scholarship and a scholarship on behalf of the Ark City Clinic. Moulton will be presented with a scholarship thanks to General Electric.

McDowell is the daughter of George and Heidi McDowell of Arkansas City.

Queen Alalah LXXXII, Caitlynn McVey, was on hand to pass her crown onto McDowell.

The coronation also had performances by participants in Cowley College’s upcoming Theatre Department production of “Little Shop of Horrors”, Ark City Dance, Bryne Donaldson and Larry Ross, and Ark City Middle School seventh and eighth grade girls.

Dr. Nick Rogers served as the Master of Ceremonies and introduced the former queens and the visiting queens from surrounding towns in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. They were also present for the crowning of Little Mister and Miss Arkalalah.

Scott Rogers, son of Dr. Nick Rogers, is serving as the 2014 Arkalalah Chairman and introduced Karen Legleiter as this year’s Grand Marshall.

Born and raised in Arkansas City, McDowell graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2013. While at ACHS, she was involved in numerous activities. She spent time as a member of the golf, basketball and track teams, was in FCA, Kays, Kids Impacting Cowley, Usherettes, National Honor Society, and was the senior class president. She was also a finalist for Outstanding Student of Arkansas City.

Her brother Zach attended Cowley, while her sister, Jordan, and both of her parents graduated from Cowley.

At Cowley, the sophomore secondary education major is a student ambassador, a Cowley Tutor, and is in, Phi Theta Kappa, FCA, Cowley Activities Awareness Team, and participates in intramurals.

She has done a little bit of everything affiliated with Arkalalah and can now scratch being crowned Queen Alalah LXXXIII off her bucket list.

“I am just so grateful,” McDowell said.